I Believe in The Holy Catholic Church….

Yesterday was the final gathering at the University of St. Thomas of the Fall reflection series on the creed I offered at UST, at St. John’s Episcopal and at St. Hubert this fall. Our focus during this final session was the final part of the Apostles’ Creed, in which we express our belief in “the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.”

We began the session (as we usually do) by giving the participants time to share in small groups a little bit about their prayer experience during this past week. After that, I spoke about each of the elements of this portion of the Creed, which Pope Benedict (while still Cardinal Ratzinger) called developments of our profession of belief in the Holy Spirit.

Following my talk, we had a terrific discussion that covered several elements of these lines. We spent a lot of time on the issue of forgiveness – and our difficulty both accepting God’s forgiveness and being able to forgive others. After our discussion, I made some comments to draw the series to a close.

You can stream the podcast of the talk I gave yesterday below. You can also download the talk here. (The talk runs for 17:04).