In this powerful audio and video course, celebrated lecturer Fr. Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D. reveals the marvelous gifts bestowed by our spiritual ancestors. 

These 36 lively, enlightening lectures will take you on a journey from the age of the apostles to our current day. Along the way, you’ll meet the greatest spiritual figures of the Christian tradition, explore the wisdom of the church fathers, experience the mystical visions of St. Catherine of Siena and St. John of the Cross, encounter the towering works of St. Augustine, and much more.

As you explore the major themes that have shaped the hearts and minds of countless believers, you will discover the full richness and beauty of the Christian spiritual tradition. Too often the treasures of the Christian tradition have not been passed along from one generation to the next. Now you can meet the inspiring men and women who have gone before you on the spiritual journey.

Let the spiritual writers and our compelling history speak to your heart and empower you to carry their torch into the 21st century. Our spiritual tradition and its practices are relevant now more than ever.

Embark on this journey and enrich your spiritual life today.

Course curriculum

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    Spirituality 101: Explore 2,000 Years of Christian Spirituality in 36 Days

    • Spirituality 101 Guide

    • 01 Introduction to the History of Spirituality

    • 02 Methods, Issues, Suggestions and Definitions

    • 03 An Overview and Sweep of Christian Spirituality from the First Century through the Twentieth Century

    • 04 Our Jewish Roots

    • 05 The Vision and the Message of Jesus Christ

    • 06 An Introduction to the Patristic Period

    • 07 The First Christian Generations

    • 08 Martyrdom

    • 09 The Giants of the Second and Third Centuries: Irenaeus, Clement and Origen

    • 10 The Writings of Clement of Alexandria and Origen

    • 11 The Monastic Movement

    • 12 The Desert

    • 13 The Fourth Century: The Cappadocian Fathers: St. Basil, St. Gregory Nazianzen and St. Gregory of Nyssa

    • 14 Some Concluding Reflections and Comments on the Spiritual Movements from the Monastic Traditions of the Early Centuries

    • 15 The Golden Age: St. Ambrose, St. Jerome and St. Augustine

    • 16 St. Augustine

    • 17 Our Hearts Are Restless Until They Rest in You, Oh God

    • 18 Endings and Beginnings

    • 19 The Middle Ages

    • 20 The High Middle Ages: 1100-1300

    • 21 The Schoolmen of the Twelfth Century

    • 22 The Thirteenth Century: The Century of the Friars

    • 23 The Canticle of Brother Sun

    • 24 St. Bonaventure and St. Dominic

    • 25 The Late Middle Ages: 1300-1500

    • 26 The Rhineland Mystics

    • 27 Delving Deeply into the Rhineland Mystics

    • 28 Meister Eckhart

    • 29 The English Mystics

    • 30 Julian of Norwich

    • 31 The Cloud of Unknowing

    • 32 The Fifteenth Century and the Devotio Moderna

    • 33 Introduction to the Modern Period and to St. Ignatius of Loyola

    • 34 St. Teresa of Ávila and St. John of the Cross

    • 35 Developments in Modern Spirituality as a Gateway into the 21st Century

    • 36 The 21st Century: Where do We Go from Here?