Literature as Prophecy Course

Dr. Robert Alexander, a former literature professor at the University of Dallas, serves as a guide to take those who wish to join him through a cathedral made up of pieces of literature. All of these pieces were chosen for their prophetic character. They all reveal Christ at work in the ordinary affairs of our daily lives. Some are pagan or pre-Christian, some medieval (Dante), some modern (Shakespeare), and some coming on the threshold of a post-Christian world (Dostoevsky, Melville, Eliot, Faulkner, and C.S. Lewis). The works arose out of different cultures (Greek, Roman, Italian, English, Russian, and American), but they are universal in character and witness to the central fact of our Catholic faith: that God took on our nature, surrendered himself to a horrible and humiliating death, and invited us to share in his risen life, to enter into what the early church fathers called a theiosis (man being raised so he can share in the divine life of God). The works that we read don’t consist of arguments or statements or ideas. They are living experiences of Christ and the Spirit at work in the world. We are not Protestants; our faith was never intended to leave us only in our heads, understanding and being inspired by Scripture. Christ invites us to enter into his actual life, to be one with It. The course is offered in the hope that it will help people see Christ where ordinarily we don’t see him, to enter more fully, more deeply, into the sacramental life of the Church and especially the Eucharist.

Dr. Alexander offers the same class twice a week — once on a Monday evening at 6:15 pm and then again on the following Friday morning, immediately following 8:30 am Mass (around 9:15 am). For Fall 2019, the class will start again on September 9 and 13. The purpose of the course is to help people find Christ where ordinarily we don’t see him and to enter more fully and deeply into the sacramental life of the Church, especially the Eucharist. Everyone is welcome to join at any point in the course!

For more information, contact the parish office.