You are invited to a presentation of Pope Benedict XVI
On Christian Hope
"SPE SALVI facti sumus"—in hope we were saved, says Saint Paul to the Romans, and likewise to us (Rom 8:24). According to the Christian faith, "redemption"—salvation—is not simply a given. Redemption is offered to us in the sense that we have been given hope, trustworthy hope, by virtue of which we can face our present: the present, even if it is arduous, can be lived and accepted if it leads towards a goal, if we can be sure of this goal, and if this goal is great enough to justify the effort of the journey.
Now the question immediately arises: what sort of hope could ever justify the statement that, on the basis of that hope and simply because it exists, we are redeemed? And what sort of certainty is involved here?
Join us as Ray Reid explores the Papal Encyclical that seeks to answer these questions from a Christian perspective. What does the Pontiff say and how is this applicable to us in Australia.
When: Sunday, 25th May and Sunday 8th June, 6pm-8pm
Where: St John the Evangelist Hall, Meeting Room
Cordeaux St, Campbelltown
Cost: Gold coin donation
About the Presenter:
Campbelltown parishioner Ray Reid is a counselor with qualifications in social work, psychology and philosophy. He has strong interest in theology and spirituality. He has worked in Centacare agencies for nearly 30 years. His thesis for his Master's degree in social work was on the psychology of hope, and his understanding of the importance of hope has underpinned all his counseling work.