Dr. Michel Barnes: Virtue Christology

Dr. Michel Barnes, Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Marquette University, delivers his talk entitled “Virtue Christology.” Dr. Barnes’ talk was sponsored by the Theology Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Dr. Regis Martin — Lent: An Invitation To Enter Into the Mystery of Christ

Dr. Regis Martin, professor of theology, meditates on the question “why did God come down in the first place?” Lent, he says, is an invitation to grow in the virtues and an opportunity to fortify our resistance to the devil’s ways.

Lenten Meditation: Mantegna’s Lamentation over the Dead Christ

By Linus Meldrum

An anomaly both then and now, Andrea Mantegna’s Lamentation over the Dead Christ, c. 1480, has often been called a tour-de-force of perspective.  This small tempera painting was found by Mantegna’s son in the artist’s personal collection at his death. The Early Renaissance masterpiece likely disturbed its viewers with its strangeness—the composition, the point of view, and the insistent description are unnerving.  Jesus had never been seen quite like this.  Christ, having been removed from the cross has been placed upon a marble slab.  Rather than the typical embrace of His Mother, we see Mary at the side, age-appropriate and weeping.  The other figures are likely St. John, with his mouth agape, and Mary Magdalene, given her relationship with the anointing of Jesus and the presence of an alabaster jar at the rear of the slab.  Christ, lightly covered by a damp cloth, rests His head upon a pillow.  We see His wounds. His hands are pulled up in near-gesture.  A barely discernable halo flickers around his head. The Lamentation is sometimes paired with Mantegna’s drawing in the British Museum titled Man Laying on a Stone Slab.  The drawing depicts a man in a reclining pose, eyes closed, yet lifting himself—like a sleepwalker about to rise.  My mind forms a question: did this drawing spark Mantegna’s imagination to conceive an image of Christ which helps us to anticipate the Resurrection?

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Curtis Martin — 4:00 Moment

Curtis Martin, President of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) and Co-host of EWTN’s “Crossing the Goal”, discusses life-changing moments in one’s relationship with Christ.

Dr. Regis Martin — The Penance of Lent

Dr. Regis Martin expresses the discomfort of Lenten penances and the real purpose of them: to help us understand that the Lord is still apart from us for a time.

Deliver Us from Evil: The Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

Today is the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, a very great feast day in the Church, and it doesn’t seem right to allow the occasion to pass without some comment.

Saints Peter and Paul represent, respectively, the leaders of the Church’s mission to the Jews and to the Gentiles (Gal 2:7). The Church celebrates their feasts on the same day, because the Church’s proclamation of the gospel is founded on their dual mission: “the gospel … is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek (i.e. the Gentile)” (Rom 1:16).

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