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Transformation in Christ
April 5, 12, 19, 26, and May 3
A five-week reading group through Transformation in Christ with Catherine Yanko.
The group will meet over Zoom on Wednesdays (April 5, 12, 19, 26, and May 3) from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT.
About the Text
Recognized as a modern spiritual classic and perhaps Dietrich von Hildebrand’s greatest work, Transformation in Christ is a sublime and practical study, giving a penetrating analysis of the true path to holiness for those who love Christ. The first requisite is the person’s desire for change, and with that fundamental attitude in mind, Hildebrand devotes a chapter to each of the successive spiritual attitudes necessary for those who strive for Christian perfection. The Beatitudes are treated with beauty and depth in an uncompromising challenge to every serious Christian to put into practice these teachings of Christ.
The meeting will be conducted live in Zoom. Links for the session will be sent out ahead of time.
To allow for rich discussion, the group is limited in size to a maximum of 20 participants. Once the group is full, additional registrations will be placed on a waitlist.
All participants are expected to have a copy of the text and to come prepared to each session having done the weekly reading (15-45 pages per week). The weekly reading schedule will be e-mailed to you.
Catherine Yanko is a Graduate Fellow of the Hildebrand Project. Currently she is PhD Student at the Catholic University of America where she studies Moral Theology/Ethics. Her main interests are in theological/philosophical anthropology, action and virtue theory, and meta-ethics. She was first introduced to Dietrich von Hildebrand as an undergraduate Student Fellow of the Hildebrand Project; she has continued to study his work, notably in the development of his concept of reverence in her recently presented paper: “Hildebrandian Reverence for the Defects of Christ: A Thomistic Inquiry of the Reception of Christ’s Salvific Act” at the Thomistic Institute’s conference, “Thomas Aquinas and the Crisis of Christology”.
Reading groups are free to attend.
If you are able, we invite you to make a donation to help defray the costs of organizing (reading groups cost the Hildebrand Project ~$900 for a four-week group). We are committed to making reading groups accessible to all; therefore, participation is not contingent on a donation.
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Suitable for beginner to intermediate: primarily discussion.
Session 1: Chapter 1-Readiness to Change
Session 2: Chapter 6-Recollection and Contemplation
Session 3: Chapter 7- Humility
Session 4: Chapter 8- Confidence in God
Session 5: Chapters 9 & 18 – Striving for Perfection, and True Surrender to Self
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST