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Reverend Scott Brodeur, S.J., Professor at the Gregorian University at Rome

What St. Paul teaches us about Charisms

“There are different sorts of spiritual gifts (charisma), but the same Spirit” (1Cor 12:4). The Apostle Paul always desired to impart spiritual gifts to the many Christian communities (cf. Rom 1:11) he established and visited during his missionary journeys. The Greek term charisma (spiritual gifts) is found primarily in Romans and First Corinthians. In these important letters, Paul teaches that the charisma are in fact divine gifts bestowed by God for the edification and growth of the particular churches. What does this significant aspect of his teaching on the Holy Spirit, originally addressed to believers in the nascent communities of Rome and Corinth, have to say to us in today’s Church?

When:           Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time:             5:00-6:30PM
Where:          The Heights Room
Questions?:   617-552-1777

co-sponsored by the Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Roche Center for Catholic Education and the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry


Reverend Scott Brodeur, S.J., Professor at the Gregorian University at Rome

Saint Paul and the Spiritual Exercises

"Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me life is Christ and death is gain…I do not know which I will choose” (Phil 1:20b-21.22b). Writing from prison to his beloved Philippians, St. Paul paradoxically imparts to his addressees joy, freedom and consolation, all hallmarks of his spiritual indifference and unconditional love of Jesus Christ. St. Ignatius also highlights the essential role of spiritual freedom in the Christian life in the Principle and Foundation of his Spiritual Exercises: “Consequently, on our own part we ought not to seek health rather than sickness, wealth rather than poverty, honor rather than dishonor, a long life rather than a short life, and so on in all other matters” (SE §23).

What do these two extraordinary mystics have to say to us today about true spiritual indifference, authentic Christian freedom and human and divine love?

When:           Wednesday April 16, 2014
Time:             4PM-5:30PM
Where:          Gasson Hall, 305
Questions?:   617-552-1777

Sponsored by the Center for Ignatian Spirituality

Second of two talks by Fr. Brodeur


A public talk that featured Fr. Michael Hansen, S.J

Rediscovering the Ministry of the
First Ignatian Exercises

What are the Spiritual Exercises?  What is their purpose?  How can people give them today?  As a revitalized ministry of the Spiritual Exercises, where might they take us?

When: October 16, 4:30-6:00PM
Where: Stokes Hall Auditorium S195