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A Bit About the Missionaries of God’s Love

Fr Dave Callaghan MGL has been working away with a bunch of other Missionaries of God’s Love brothers and some of our friends to re-launch our website.  He grabbed a couple of clips of me talking about the Missionaries.  I’ll let you know when the new website goes live, but until then I thought you might like to have a look at these clips:

The Call

The Mission

The Need

Faith and Postmodernism in the Pub

Last night I gave a talk at the young adults event Theology at the Pub in Melbourne, which was more or less a repeat of a talk I had given in May at Guinness and God in Canberra.  The talk was called ‘Faith in a Postmodern World: Insights from Benedict XVI’.  The talk looks at modernity, Jean-Francois Lyotard’s critique of modernity’s concept of knowledge, and some of Benedict XVI’s seminal ideas about the narrative structure of faith, beauty and the encounter with the God of love.

I was trying to offer a logic for faith in a world that remains suspicious of claims to knowledge that lie beyond the scientific method.

My analysis of Lyotard owes a lot to James K. A. Smith’s clever book, Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism: Taking Derrida, Lyotard and Foucault to Church. Thanks to everyone who came out for the talks, and thanks especially to Daniel who allowed me to quote part of our email conversation about atheism in the talk.  Here’s the video of the Canberra talk (with thanks to CatholicLIFE and ACU):

Teresa of Avila on Prayer III: Meditative Prayer

This excerpt on prayer begins with me speaking about Sue, a hypothetical woman who is deepening in the life of prayer, and who has begun to pray meditatively.  Meditation in particular draws upon the Scriptures as the font of our prayer through ways of prayer like lectio divina and the Ignatian prayer of the imagination.

Teresa of Avila on Prayer II: Introduction to the Mansions

This is the second excerpt from the series of talks on the Interior Castle of Teresa of Avila.  This excerpt introduces Teresa’s image of the castle with many mansions as a metaphor for different stages on the journey of prayer.

Teresa of Avila on Prayer I: Union with God

Last year I gave a number of talks to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Melbourne on St Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle.  The good people at CCR Melbourne have now posted excerpts from the talks  on YouTube so I thought I would link to them here.

This first excerpt is about the goal of the Christian life: God.

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