Sin as Self-Sabotage: Saint Augustine on Ravishing One's Own Ruin

Apr 14 2016 6pm
Swift Hall, Common Room
1025 E 58th St,
Chicago, IL 60637
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David Vincent Meconi, S.J.

St. Louis University

When St. Augustine innocuously yet infamously stole some pears in his youth, he confessed that he did it simply because he was in love with his own ruin.  Have you ever looked at your sins as the way you destroy that which you do not like about yourself?  Fr. Meconi’s talk will draw from this Augustinian insight that sin is really a form of self-sabotage, a way of keeping ourselves away from an intimacy and a love we all know we in no way deserve.

David Vincent Meconi, S.J., D.Phil. (Oxon.) is Associate Professor of Historical Theology as well as the Director of the Edmund Campion Catholic Studies Center at Saint Louis University; he is also the editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review. He has published the Annotated Confessions of Saint Augustine (Ignatius Press, 2012), The One Christ: St. Augustine’s Theology of Deification (Catholic University of America Press, 2013), co-edited (along with Eleonore Stump) the Cambridge Companion to Augustine (2014), and most recently, The Enemy Within: Augustine on Sin and Self-Sabotage (Bloomsbury Press, 2016). Fr. Meconi is a former Fellow of the Augustinian Institute at Villanova University; he serves on the boards of the St. Benedict Forum at Hope College in Holland, MI, as well as on the ecclesiastical board of Boston College.