Most bibles today coyly refer to 'The Letter to the Hebrews', whereas the liturgy (at least in the EF) introduces readings from it as 'St Paul's Letter to the Hebrews'. It is at any rate part of the Pauline corpus, and arguments against Paul's authorship based on differences of style and theme should be taken with a pinch of salt: the same arguments would suggest that Henry VI Part III could not have been written by the author of The Tempest.
It is a hugely important part of the Scriptures, particularly in light of modern errors. Its very existence is a rebuke to the modernist argument that the sacrificial nature of the Mass was not emphasised until long after the Apostolic era, the 4th century or so. This promises to be a very interesting and edifying session, with a truly uplifting cultural, and above all liturgical, backdrop, in the lovely town of Norcia, the birthplace of St Benedict.
"The Transcendent Christ: St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews"
The St. Albert the Great Center is dedicated to the revival of higher studies in theology undertaken according to the mind and method of the great scholastics, and in particular the work of St. Thomas Aquinas.
This summer's program is focussing on St. Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews. With the sacred text as the primary source, participants will also follow along the interpretive tradition of the Church by reading commentaries of the Fathers and in particular St. Thomas's commentary on the epistle.
The Epistle offers the opportunity to explore in depth the subject of grace as it is found in its source, Jesus Christ, the head of the mystical body. In particular, St. Paul's letter focuses on how the excellence of the work of Christ has a three-fold extension: to the whole of creation, to the rational creature, and to the justification of the saints.
This year, in addition to the regular AMCSS tutors, the program is privileged to have Dr. Peter Kwasniewski of Wyoming Catholic College as a guest tutor who will help lead seminar discussion. Besides the daily seminars, there will be a guest lecture by Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB, the founder and prior of the monastery. The two-week program reaches its climax in an authentic scholastic disputation, moderated by one of the monks.
In addition to the academic program, there is the opportunity to participate in the daily life of worship (High Mass, Divine Office) of the Benedictine monks who live and pray at the birthplace of SS. Benedict & Scholastica. Optional excursions will be planned to other nearby pilgrimage sites, as well as a longer weekend trip to Rome at the end of the program in order to have a relaxing but formative experience in the Eternal City, the glorious foundation seat of the Church.
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