We say "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the Sin of the World". We can only understand the power of this image if we first understand what the "Sin of the World" is. This talk dives deep into the darkness in order to see why preaching the cross is at the heart of the faith...and how we can live the victory today.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on My Head
Theology Degree from Oxford University. Author. Blogger. Speaker. Pilgrimage Leader. Podcaster.
JULY 2020 - Immortal Combat Men’s Conference
SHORT TALKS ⋅ DYNAMIC SPEAKERS ⋅ PRACTICAL ADVICE
Unless we have eyes to see the invisible battle that rages around us, the sacrifice of Christ on the cross will remain no more than an empty symbol. Catholic men today have a unique call to engage in this immortal combat with confidence, joy and the power of the Holy Spirit.
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Comments from Attendees:
Great definition of difference between Christ and today's society
Your two two teachings are marvelous! They have opened my spirit! I am now going to pray before the cross, and let the Holy Spirit continue your teaching!
Thanks for a great presentation. Logical articulation of psychological mechanics of total evil and how Christ broke it. Pernicious evil because all of us who perpetrate it think we are good and right. A paradox, but paradoxes are often ultimate truth. But I wonder if you would say that Sauron thought he was good and right, or Saruman. Seems like there is an evil more evil than the Sin of the World, that of Satan who just likes to be evil because that's how he does. Also to me, anyway, it's worth meditating about how the Grand Inquisitor scene in Brothers Karamazov relates to what Girard taught on Mimetic theory and scapegoat mechanism. Anyway, thanks for all this grist for my mill.
Fr. Longenecker, I'm always amazed by your brilliance and ease with which you translate profound ideas into a language I can understand, with transcendent humor and wit. I smiled at the beginning and wept at the end of your insightful and powerful presentation, recognizing only too well the pernicious cycle of scapegoating as perpetrator and victim. I can't thank you enough.
Good talk. This is what sets Catholics apart from people of other faiths. This adds more meaning to the celebration of the Mass. Thank you Fr. Longenecker.