As a new 'initiative' of this post-Paschal period, in order to help foster discussion of theological and practical themes in the fathers, we are beginning our 'Theme of the Month' programme. This idea behind this is relatively simple: a theme will be chosen for each month, with a thread dedicated to discussing it from the framework of the fathers. This does not mean (and should not be understood as) simply collecting-and-posting quotations / snippets from the fathers on these themes: such quotations will of course be helpful and part of the conversation; but the idea is to foster active discussion of the themes themselves, engaging with the patristic testimony in approaching the issues under address.
Everyone is invited to participate. The only preamble for participation is that all discussion of the theme should be of engagement with patristic testimony. This does not mean every post needs to be a quotation of the fathers; but that the discussion should be driven by striving to understand and articulate the theme from a patristic context, exploring, questioning, and reflecting on the testimony of the fathers on various issues.
We begin with the theme of 'joy', so appropriate to this Paschal period. May this endeavour be fruitful!
XB, Dcn Matthew
NOTE: A thread has also been opened, to receive suggestions for future month's themes. If you would like to suggest a topic for focused address in this way, please make your suggestions in that thread.
Edited by M.C. Steenberg, 12 May 2008 - 08:33 AM.