Mondays at 7:00 PM
September 19 – October 24, 2016
St. Margaret School
Room 8

Each week the Sunday Bulletin will announce the pivotal player. The sessions are individual. You are invited to come anytime the topic appeals to you. Bring a friend. Filmed on location in Europe – beautiful scenery.

Bishop Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church’s most influential people. Years in the making, this multi-part film series illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization.

THE PIVOTAL PLAYERS

ST. FRANCIS of ASSISI – The Reformer SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

Rebuild my Church! Christ’s mission to St. Francis is the perennial task of the Church in every age of its life.

But how is that reform and renewal accomplished? The radical simplicity of St. Francis’ life demonstrates how the foundations of true and lasting reform are to be built on the solid rock that is the witness of the saints.

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS – The Theologian SEPTEMBER 26, 2016

The relationship of faith and reason is under intense scrutiny in an age beholden to the competing claims of fundamentalism and secularism. So called “new atheists” insist that the claims of religion amount to mere superstition, a retrograde holdover from a time long ago. Religious fundamentalists adhere to a strict, literalist faith that is often unmoored from logic or rational introspection and development. St. Thomas Aquinas anticipated these objections and trends, and demonstrated that to believe is to think and that the life of the mind is integral to life in Christ.

ST. CATHERINE of SIENA – The Mystic OCTOBER 3, 2016

Mystic, wonderworker, and confidant to popes and kings, St. Catherine of Siena exemplified the power of a life lived in relationship with Jesus. Her love for Christ was a love that cast out all fear and transformed her into a living expression of him. In her weakness, his strength was revealed, and through that strength, St. Catherine of Siena provided an example of faith that changed her culture and left an enduring legacy that the Church still resources today.

BL. JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – The Convert OCTOBER 10, 2016

Is there any truth in matters of religion? Should the Church simply retreat in the face of the challenges of culture? John Henry Newman came into the Church as a convert and used his prodigious intellectual gifts to help the Church better understand its identity and mission, and engage the assaults of a secular age.

G. K. CHESTERTON – The Evangelist OCTOBER 17, 2016

How does one engage a culture that is befuddled by Christ and suspicious of the Church? The life and witness of this 19th century literary convert shows that the fundamental disposition of effective evangelism is joy, and life in Christ is a day-to-day encounter with an abundant and surprising offer of grace.

MICHELANGELO – The Artist OCTOBER 24, 2016

The master of sculpture and painting is not a saint but serves as the privileged representative of the creative potential engendered by the Catholic Faith. The Church professes that beauty is a route of access to God, and through humanity’s creative artistry we glimpse the power and glory of the Lord.