Jeff Cavins — “Offer it Up”: Opportunities to Grow in Holiness

Jeff Cavins, author and creator of EWTN’s Life on the Rock, spoke to Franciscan University of Steubenville’s 2011 Applied Biblical Studies Conference “Unveiling the Mystery: The Book of Revelation.”  In this talk, “Redemptive Suffering”, Cavins addresses the problem of pain, speaking from personal experience and the wisdom of the Scriptures, popes, and saints.  He explains the mysterious gift given to Christians: we are permitted to suffer alongside Jesus as a witness and martyr. “What is lacking in the suffering of Jesus?” asks Cavins.  “Nothing.  But you are allowed to participate…Many of us are missing the opportunity for the Passion in our own lives, and it doesn’t become salvific.”

Conforming to Christ in a Noisy World

Jeff Cavins, author and creator of EWTN’s Life on the Rock, spoke to Franciscan University of Steubenville’s 2010 Defending the Faith Conference “Be Transformed by the Renewal of Your Mind.”   In this talk, “Walk With Eternity on Your Mind: How to Think and Live Differently”, he calls on all faithful Catholics to live in light of their eternal destination and always evangelize.  “Every person I meet is searching,” he said.  “They might act confident, they might act like they have it together, and their wallet might be bulging, but I know that inside, they’re searching.”  He described the modern sense of confusion without any overarching context for all the news and information that pours in every day and pointed to salvation history as a way to make sense of this overwhelming modern world.

There are 3 Types of Success, But Only One Matters

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, received an honorary doctorate at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s 2011 Undergraduate Commencement.  Father Cantalamessa calls the graduating class of 2011 on to true greatness: holiness.  He explains that the opposite of sanctity is not sin, but failure to reach for sanctity, pointing out that the saints have all transformed the world by first permitting God to transform them.  “Only with Jesus is there real joy in life.”

Happiness

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household, received an honorary doctorate at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s 2011 Undergraduate Commencement.  Father Cantalamessa calls the graduating class of 2011 on to true greatness: holiness.  He explains that the opposite of sanctity is not sin, but failure to reach for sanctity, pointing out that the saints have all transformed the world by first permitting God to transform them.  “Only with Jesus is there real joy in life.”

Veritatis Splendor: An Example of JP II’s Anthropology in Action

Dr. John Grabowski, associate professor of Moral Theology & Ethics, Catholic University of America, speaks on “The Luminous Excess of the Acting Person: Assessing the Impact of Venerable John Paul II on American Catholic Moral Theology”, a presentation given on March 29th, 2011 for Franciscan University’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

Theology of the Body: A New Angle on Salvation History

Dr. John Grabowski, associate professor of Moral Theology & Ethics, Catholic University of America, speaks on “The Luminous Excess of the Acting Person: Assessing the Impact of Venerable John Paul II on American Catholic Moral Theology”, a presentation given on March 29th, 2011 for Franciscan University’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

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