Creation and Fall, Virtue and Beatitude 5: The Beatitudes 2 by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

Find me in iTunesFr Guy continues his exploration of each of the eight beatitudes, drawing out their complementarity with each of the ten commandments, and furthermore, with each of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.  In total they form a perfect description of Christ himself, and thus to the holiness to which we are all called with the aid of the grace of God.

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These talks were given during 2015 at the School of the Annunciation, Buckfast Abbey, Devon. We are grateful to them for permission to publish them on our website. For more information on the School of the Annunciation, a Centre of Adult Education for the New Evangelization, go to this link

Creation and Fall, Virtue and Beatitude 4: The Beatitudes 1 by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

TFind me in iTuneshe eight Beatitudes are familiar to us from the account given in St Matthew at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount. However, if our understanding of the blessed ones as limited to these we would be at fault, for there are many examples of those who are described as blessed in the Bible.  The Catechism speaks of our vocation to Beatitude: ‘The Beatitudes are at the heart of Jesus’ preaching….the Beatitudes respond to the natural desire for happiness.  This desire is of divine origin: God has placed it in the human heart in order to draw man to the One who alone can fulfil it. (CCC 1716, 1718)’.

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These talks were given during 2015 at the School of the Annunciation, Buckfast Abbey, Devon. We are grateful to them for permission to publish them on our website. For more information on the School of the Annunciation, a Centre of Adult Education for the New Evangelization, go to this link

Creation and Fall, Virtue and Beatitude 3: The Virtues by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

Find me in iTunes‘God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life’ (CCC 1).  With this very first sentence the Catechism beautifully summarises our vocation to the blessed life with God.  The virtues are the working out in us of the grace of God in a practical way. Classically these have been described as the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance.  In addition, the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity perfect the life of God with us.

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These talks were given during 2015 at the School of the Annunciation, Buckfast Abbey, Devon. We are grateful to them for permission to publish them on our website. For more information on the School of the Annunciation, a Centre of Adult Education for the New Evangelization, go to this link

Creation and Fall, Virtue and Beatitude 2: The Fall by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

Find me in iTunes‘Sin is present in human history; any attempt to ignore it or to give this dark reality other names would be futile…Only the light of divine revelation clarifies the reality of sin and particularly of the sin committed at mankind’s origins. Without the knowledge Revelation gives of God we cannot recognize sin clearly and are tempted to explain it as merely a developmental flaw, a psychological weakness, a mistake, or the necessary consequence of an inadequate social structure’ (CCC 386-387). Fr Guy continues his exposition, looking at the reality of sin and its fatal consequences, and the outstanding gift of Christ’s redeeming work. ‘Where sin abounded, grace abounded all the more’ (Romans 5:20).

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These talks were given during 2015 at the School of the Annunciation, Buckfast Abbey, Devon. We are grateful to them for permission to publish them on our website. For more information on the School of the Annunciation, a Centre of Adult Education for the New Evangelization, go to this link

Creation and Fall, Virtue and Beatitude 1: Creation by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

Creation Fall Virtue Beatitude Artwork for PodcastWe are very pleased to be able to publish this series of lectures by Fr Guy de Gaynesford which demonstrate  the deep connection between Creation and the Fall and the redemptive work of Christ whose grace leads us to holiness – lives of virtue and beatitude – when we freely co-operate with it.  In this first talk Fr Guy delves into the Church’s catechesis on Creation with reference to the early chapters of Genesis, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the new encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato Si. With his characteristic clarity Fr Guy explains the deep unity between the ‘first’ creation and the ‘New Creation’ – Christ – the New Adam.

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These talks were given during 2015 at the School of the Annunciation, Buckfast Abbey, Devon. We are grateful to them for permission to publish them on our website. For more information on the School of the Annunciation, a Centre of Adult Education for the New Evangelization, go to this link