February 11: A Theology of the Passions, John Johnson
March 11: Sex and the Nuisance of Sin: Fr. Francisco Nahoe, OFM Conv.
A Theology of the Passions: Our passions can pull us in many directions... But what if they could pull us to Heaven? According to Saint Thomas Aquinas - and Saint John Paul II - there is a way. Join us for a great evening of fellowship and free beer as we dive deeply into the most misunderstood dimension of the human soul: the sensitive appetite. From love to hate, hope to anger, we'll cover all of the passions and unlock the Church's practical wisdom for intelligently unleashing them to serve as the catalyst for beatitude that God intended them to be. We'll also dedicate some attention to the passions as they relate to conjugal love and chastity. In an age of such confusion over fundamental questions of sexuality, can the traditional positions of the Church on matters like contraception, extramarital sex, and homosexuality even remain tenable, much less practical? Does the Church need to "evolve"? The answers to these questions can be found in a rightly ordered understanding of the human passions.
As always, any young adult (18-39..ish) is welcome to attend, Catholic or not. If you are not a young adult, please do not join us.
We want to thank our friends at the Monk's Cellar for providing us with some great deals on the best food around. You buying dinner is the best way to thank them. The beer is free to you and paid for by St. Joseph Marello Parish. It starts flowing freely at 7pm. Show up early for a good seat. Our events are usually standing room only - packed with amazing young adults. New faces are always welcome, so bring your friends.
John Johnson is the Associate Director of the Avila Institute. He has degrees from St. Mary's College and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. For over a decade he served at the parish level as a Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Sacramento. He has spoken at Catholic retreats and events across the country. He and his wife, Alexandria, have three children. He co-founded Veritas Young Adults more than 10 years ago. He wrote this paragraph himself in the third person.