The Unexpected God: How Christian Faith Discovers the Holy Spirit
Friday, September 23, 2011
Power Center Ballroom
Fr. Brian E. Daley, S.J.
The Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana)
Fr. Brian E. Daley, S.J., is the Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana) and a member of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation, which issued a statement of historical importance on the Filioque in 2003. He studied at Fordham and Oxford Universities, and Frankfurt, Germany. He entered the Society of Jesus and was later ordained to the priesthood in 1970. He then taught historical theology for eighteen years at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA, before moving to Notre Dame in 1996.
He is the author of The Hope of the Early Church (Cambridge, 1991; Hendrickson, 2002), On the Dormition of Mary: Early Patristic Homilies (St. Vladimir’s, 1998), and Gregory of Nazianzus (Routledge, 2006) as well as numerous articles and book chapters. He is also the translator of Hans Urs von Balthasar’s, Cosmic Liturgy. The Universe According to Maximus the Confessor (Ignatius, 2003). Fr. Daley is a member of the editorial boards of several scholarly journals; he has served as a trustee of Le Moyne College, Boston College, and Fordham and Georgetown Universities.
Christian theology, since the fourth century, has been perplexed, even anxious, over the challenge of speaking and thinking about the Holy Spirit. St. Gregory of Nazianzus conceded that the Spirit is a “strange God,” in contrast to the God of Israel whom we call “Father,” and to Jesus, who has made God known; but Gregory reminded us that the Spirit’s work of healing and transformation in the Church is the final stage of God’s work in the world.
We hope to consider here some of the original questions that have surrounded the conception of God’s Holy Spirit in the Christian communities of East and West. How did the origin of the Spirit within the Trinity come to be one of the main issues dividing Orthodox and Catholic Christianity from each other? We will then consider some modern suggestions on how to rethink our theology of the Spirit in a renewed and unified way. (The speaker is a member of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation, which recommended that the Filioque “need no longer divide us.”) How do we then reach Eucharistic communion? In the epiclesis of the liturgy, we implore the Spirit to come upon us, so that we may be one in Christ’s Eucharistic Body.
In this lecture, Fr. Daley hopes to provide new encouragement for all of us to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit on our Churches with new vigor, despite our fears, and to warm us anew with his love.