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Last week I wrote a brief recap for week one of the Summer Book Study. You can find that story here, along with a link to the audio of Fr. Bryan’s teaching.
“All humans have desires, and the most basic desire is to love and be loved.”
Fr. Bryan opened week two of the Summer Book Study by highlighting Augustine’s teachings on human nature: desire and sin. In Books II & III, St. Augustine provides a vivid narrative of his adolescence and education, from which Fr. Bryan brought out four points of emphasis:
During discussion, leaders encouraged their table groups to consider how today’s culture thinks about desire and how it compares to Augustine’s account during the 4th century. Indeed, much time has passed since then, but do people fulfill their desires differently today?
These questions, among others which asked study-goers to think meaningfully about the allure of sin and the nature of desire, are not easily answered, and we should not seek to answer them swiftly.
Fr. Bryan said, "Augustine's story is personal, but the drawing power of sin is not merely individual. Sin affects you, your loved ones, and the whole of humanity. This is why it is so important to resist the temptation of thinking about the nature of desire and sin with an attitude of hastiness."
For full audio of Fr. Bryan's teaching on Books II & III of Augustine's Confessions, please visit out media page »
Please note that the Book Study will not meet on Wednesday, July 4th. We will resume with Books IV & V on July 11.
Nate WilsonWriter & Storyteller
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