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2023-2024 Online College Catalog 
2023-2024 Online College Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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TH 211 - Foundations of Catholic Spirituality

This course examines how Christian values and spiritual practices reflect an understanding of God, human identity, and the material world as the context for spiritual transformation. Students will explore the wisdom, practices, and paths of prominent Catholic spiritual traditions (including Augustinian, Benedictine, Cistercian, Carmelite, Dominican, Franciscan, and Ignatian) as a means of developing and living a deeply Christian spiritual life to enhance one’s relationship with the Triune God and others. Additionally, students will investigate the connection between spirituality, social action, and our universal call to holiness.

Assignment Overview
  • Assignments: Varied throughout the term
  • Interactivity: Discussion Boards and Video Notes
  • Final Assessment: Final Practicum Report Video

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the unique characteristics of Catholic spirituality.
  • Identify the roles of prayer, meditation, and contemplation within Christian spirituality.
  • Describe the history, characteristics, and spiritual practices of several major traditions of Catholic spirituality. 
  • Explain the connection between spirituality and the social doctrine of the Church.
  • Engage the course content experientially in a practicum focused on the spiritual works of mercy.

Credits: 3

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