Wendy M. Wright, Ph.D.
Wednesday 10-12 and Thursday 1-2
The purpose of the class is fourfold:
* Regular attendance (absences should be cleared with instructor).
* Completion of all reading assignments.
* Participation in class discussions.
* Two integration papers, due October 9th and November 13th
the purpose of which is to give students the opportunity to reflect on the class material from the perspective of their own experience.
* One oral report (maximum of 10 minutes) in class on a topic to be arranged with the instructor or the preparation and facilitation of class discussion on one of the assigned readings.
Participation and preparation of assignments: 1/3 of grade
Papers: 1/3 of grade
Oral Report: 1/3 of grade
Papers will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Clear, succinct thesis
Clear, succinct method
Grasp of content, facility of ideas
Imagination of presentation
Maturity of integrative reflection.
The universal call to holiness
Read: Constitution on the Church
(Universal Call to Holiness and Eschatological nature of the Pilgrim Church)
Read: Martyrdom of Sts.Perpetua and Felicitas
Development of the doctrine of communion of saints
Wonderworkers and relics
Read: Martin of Tours
Read: Golden Legend and True and Perfect Joy
Medieval monastic saints and holy fools
Read: Gregory the Great, Life of Saint Benedict
[Weinstein and Bell, Saints and Society;]
Read: K. Woodward, Making Saints
Women saints; Saints "False and True"
Read: Cecilia Ferrazzi, "Testimony and Autobiography"
FIRST PAPER DUE
Read: J. Chorpenning, The Holy Family Devotion
Theologies of Holiness
Read: Hans Urs Von Balthazar, Elucidations
or Karl Rahner, Theological Investigations, Vol. III or VIII, or "Prayer to the Saints"
Read: Elizabeth Johnson, Friends of God and Prophets
Saints and the Liturgical Year
SECOND PAPER DUE
Read: L. Cunningham, The Meaning of Saints
Coming Home, Bielincki;, "Marks of Compassion"; Kownacki, "One Day at a Time", U.S.Catholic.
Simone Weil, Last Thoughts; The Life of St.Thomas More; "The Actor Saint"
Read: Leonardo Boff, "The Need for Political Saints; E. Egan, "The Final
Word is Love: Dorothy Day"
On Line Resources
Creighton Reinert Memorial Library http://reinert.creighton.edu/
Internet Theology Resources http://www.csbsju.edu/library/internet/theochht.html
Online Sources/Medieval Spirituality
Christus Rex http://www.christusrex.org/
Christian Classics Ethereal Library http://www.ccel.org/
Internet Medieval Sourcebook
1913 Edition of the Catholic Encyclopedia
Documents of the Roman Catholic Church
Catholic Online Saints http://saints.catholic.org/index.shtml
Saints Biographies http://www.carr.org/stjohn/saints.htm