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Tuesday Night Book Group: UNION WITH GOD: Living the Christ Life by Fr. David Vincent Meconi, SJ
October 18, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
Join the Tuesday Night Book Group as we read and discuss the short but powerful 60-page book UNION WITH GOD: Living the Christ Life by Jesuit priest Fr. David Meconi, who explains, “A key fact of the Christian life that we in the 21st century have either forgotten or misunderstood [is] that Christianity is a two-act play: In the first half of the story, God becomes human. But that’s only the beginning. In the second half, if you will, we are called to become like God, and thereby begin to live with his power and his joy, his love, and his mercy.”
St. Athanasius famously said that “The Son of God became man so that we might become God.” We will delve into what it means for a Christian to not only have a relationship with God but become so united with Him that we take part in his divinity.
Author Fr. David V. Meconi, SJ, serves as Assistant Professor of Early Christianity at Saint Louis University in Missouri. He received his Ph.D. at Oxford, writing his dissertation on St. Augustine’s thoughts on deification. His books include The One Christ: St. Augustine’s Theology of Deification (2013), Called to Be the Children of God: The Catholic Theology of Human Deification (2016), and Christ Alive in Me: Living As a Member of the Mystical Body (2021).
We will be inviting active participation from Book Group members.
A copy of the book Union With God (which is otherwise only available via Kindle) will be provided to all who register for this four-week session.
To receive the Zoom link for this group, please email [email protected].
Tuesday, September 27th | Chapter 1: The Divine Plan of Salvation (pp. 3-18) | Why deification? | Resting the restless heart | Sin: divine dissimilarity | The triune life of love | Made in this divine image | Becoming self-gift
Tuesday, October 4th | Chapter 2: The Great Exchange (pp.19-32) | Becoming gods? | Mary offers God all of us | We are Christ’s body on earth
Tuesday, October 11th | Chapter 3: New Creatures in the Spirit of Holiness (pp. 33-42) | Becoming a child of God | The life of sanctification
Tuesday, October 18th | Chapter 4: Seeking the Grace of Union (pp. 43-58) | Divine intimacy | Becoming God’s Love | Entering the silence | The people of God | Prayer for union with God