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CODE MRT5440

 
TITLE Spirituality and Social Commitment

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Moral Theology

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit reflects on the mission received by the Church to help build the “Kingdom” brought about by Christ. The aim of the unit is to bring the students to a deeper insight of this central Gospel theme (i.e. the Kingdom) and of the special role that the laity play in this mission.

This mission implies full insertion in the world in the footsteps of the Son of God who inserted himself fully in the world in Incarnation and who became a deeply socially committed person. The demands of God’s “triple” commandment of love will also be analysed.

Study-Unit Aims:

Students will be helped to grasp the theology behind the spirituality of Social Commitment especially as it comes out from the Gospels and other Biblical texts.

This is also to be seen in the light of the Theology of the Laity especially as it comes out in the Constitution Lumen Gentium.

Other concepts that will be explained are the following:
- Personal and Structural Sins,
- Option for the Poor,
- A Spirituality for Justice,
- The Bible and Human Rights,
- The Social Implications of the Eucharist,
- The Prayer of the Desperate.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- DORR, DONALD, Spirituality and Justice. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1984.
- DORR, DONALD, Integral Spirituality: Resources for Community, Justice, Peace, and the Earth. New York: Orbis Books, 1990.
- LEECH, KENNETH, The Social God. London: Sheldon, 1981.
- SCHULTEIS SJ, MICHAEL, EDWARD P. DEBERRI SJ, and PETER J. HENRIOT SJ, The Church’s Best Kept Secret.
- VARIOUS AUTHORS: Justice in the Global Economy: Building Sustainable and Inclusive Communities. Social Justice and Ecological Secretariat Promotio Iustitiae, 121, (2016/1).

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S

 
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21st Annual Augustinian Lecture 2017
The 21st Annual Augustinian Lecture 2017 will be celebrated on the 5th and 6th December 2017 with two lectures delivered by Rev. Prof. Theodore Dieter.

Closing Date Dissertation Proposals
Deadline to present dissertation proposals for next Faculty Board is Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 1700hrs

Augustinian Institute Academic Year 2017-18

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