All posts tagged: Summer Symposia

Symposia Recap: Summer at the MICL

South Bend is not widely known for its beautiful weather. But summer in South Bend blesses the hardy natives, who patiently bear the brunt of the harsh winters, with a welcome respite, and impresses visitors with stunning skies straight out of a Thomas Cole painting. Pioneers who arrived in the summer, I imagine, were willing to slog through the permaclouded winter simply with the hope of seeing these oil-painted vistas come spring. Notre Dame’s campus hums awake with the sun each morning, as the gym fills up with professors on a swim, the lake-side trails are lousy with high school athletes on morning runs. Above the morning activity, the morning sky shines radiant blue, not a cloud—permanent or transitory—in sight, the sun radiating a cheery sparkle through the clean morning air. On Notre Dame’s campus, the beautiful summer weather provides a backdrop to one of the busiest times of the year. Over 20,000 guests—high school students, ministers, academics, and teachers—and undergraduate students reside in Notre Dame’s dorms throughout the summer sessions. Keeping pace with the …

Summer Symposia 2017: Reading the Bible Liturgically

Among contemporary Catholic evangelization programs, you often hear about the importance of the Scriptures. You hear that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is mediated through our reading of the Bible both privately and in groups. But, it is often forgotten that the fullness of the Scriptures is made manifest within the context of the liturgy itself. As Pope Benedict writes in Verbum Domini: To understand the word of God, then, we need to appreciate and experience the essential meaning and value of the liturgical action. A faith-filled understanding of sacred Scripture must always refer back to the liturgy, in which the word of God is celebrated as a timely and living word (§52). We meet the person of Jesus Christ in the Scriptures as they are sung and proclaimed in the Liturgy of the Hours, in the Mass, and in the sacraments of the Church. We see these Scriptures interpreted in stained glass windows, in medieval manuscripts, in iconography, and in the lives of the saints. All Scriptural evangelization must at least implicitly take the liturgy as the …