THE INTEGRITAS COURSE
This new course will take place during one Friday evening for each month from September, 2013 to June, 2014. Where possible, this will be on the first Friday of each month but this is not possible for the months of September and October for instance. The course will therefore begin on Friday, September 20th at 7.30 p.m. with the next evening being on Friday, October 11th, at 7.30 p.m.
The purpose of this course is to explore the different dimensions of a vision and practice of Christianity which can best respond to how the Christian narrative is being erased from our own memory, culture and experience. We are called to a direct encounter with the incomparable immensity of the person of Jesus Christ and from this to be joyfully drawn into a relationship with Him. When this relationship takes hold, every aspect of our lives develops a new integrity (l. integritas) around Him as we are brought into the love of the Holy Trinity for each of us. This course will explore how we can enter into this growing realisation of the Lord’s presence and dynamic involvement in the entire world and how this yields an integrating overview and comprehension of the Lord’s joining of all of reality into a new order, integrity and oneness. (John 17 : 21 -23)
Each evening will begin with a short presentation on the theme of the evening by Patrick Treacy. After this presentation, there will then be an opportunity for group discussion. Following a short intermission after this, there will be prayer around the Icon of the Cross. One of the last sayings of Jesus, from his final meeting with the apostles before his death, until His last words upon the Cross, will be reflected upon and will hopefully bring forth a deeper, inner experience of the theme reflected upon earlier in the evening.
Being engaged – Social and Environmental Justice (Friday, March 7th, 2014 at 7.30 p.m.) “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another”.
(John 13 : 34)
Being integrated – Eucharist (Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 7.30 p.m.)
“Do this in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22 : 19)
Being atoned – The Spiritual Dynamics of Dispute Resolution (Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at 7.30 p.m.) “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23 : 34)
Being ordered – The Emergent Church (Friday, June 6th, 2014 at 7.30 p.m.) “It is finished.” (John 19 : 30)
GENERAL OUTLINE OF THE ENTIRE COURSE
The programme and resources offered at this centre express a vision and practice of the Christian spiritual life which is then drawn together in the Integritas Course on a Friday evening during each month (and when possible, on the first Friday evening of each month) from September to June at 7.30 p.m.
I The Prevailing Philosophy
The polarities of fundamentalism and relativism in a secular age
II The Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ
Finding the centre which holds – the person of Jesus Christ
III The Body in Christian Faith
Caring for the body and exploring the theology of the body
IV Contemplative Prayer
The re-integration of the whole person in contemplative prayer
V Discernment of One’s Calling
The realisation of the unique calling of each person
VI Marriage and Family Life
The re-establishment of the family household as a centre of faith
VII Social and Environmental Justice
The restoration of Christian faith in public life
The Liturgy of the Eucharist as the drawing of all into One
IX The Spiritual Dynamics of Dispute Resolution
The practice of effecting oneness through forgiveness
X The Emergent Church
The potential of the domestic centre of Christian spirituality