International Institute for Culture

Course by Dr. John Haas: A Tough and Daring Religion:The Teaching of the Virtues in Catholic Tradition

March 1, 2004    7:00 PM       

Lent is a time for toughening up, for getting rid of the flab, for regaining strength and vitality in our spiritual life. Catholicism is no religion for the timid or faint of heart. It calls forth sacrifice and courage and dogged determination in the pursuit of what is good. 
St. Paul was speaking of the spiritual life when he wrote to the Corinthians: “Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in his own way. I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it!” 
This Lent learn of and live the virtues as taught and practiced within the Catholic tradition. Draw on the classical insights of the Greeks and Romans regarding the moral virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance, draw on the unwavering fidelity of the Hebrews and most especially, draw on the divine life granted to us by God in Christ with the means to live that life through the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity.  
Two lectures an evening with a break and time for questions and answers and socializing 
Dates: Mondays in Lent, March 1-29, 2004 
Time: 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. 
Speaker: John M. Haas, Ph.D., S.T.L., M.Div. 
Topic: A Tough and Daring Religion: The Teaching of the Virtues in Catholic Tradition 
Location: Ivy Hall of the International Institute for Culture.  
Cost: $15 per lecture, $30 per evening, $125 for the entire course  
Monday, March 1: -What Is a Virtue? 
-Virtues in Athens, Jerusalem and Rome. 
The Moral Virtues 
Monday, March 8: -Prudence: The “Mother” of All Virtues. 
-Justice: Selflessly Giving to Each His Due. 
Monday, March 15: -Fortitude: Surmounting the Insurmountable in Pursuit of the Good. 
-Temperance: Passions Leading either to Life or to Death. 
The Theological Virtues 
Monday, March 22: -Faith: The God-given Bed-rock. 
-Hope: Our Only Consolation in Today’s Culture of Death. 
Monday, March 29: -Charity: “The greatest of these is love.”  
-The Divine Gift Infusing and Suffusing All Virtues. 
Dr. John Haas is the President of The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Boston and the President of the International Institute for Culture in Philadelphia. Before assuming the presidency of the bioethics center, he was the John Cardinal Krol Professor of Moral Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Adjunct Professor at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and the Family, Washington, D.C. He was the producer and host of the St. Charles Forum shown on EWTN. He was also Professor of Moral Theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and a member of the faculty of an interdisciplinary program on ethical issues in the helping professions at Ohio State University. Dr. Haas, his wife, Martha, nine children and eight grandchildren live in Philadelphia 


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