Lawrence S. Cunningham
University of Notre Dame
Lawrence Cunningham (University of Notre Dame)
cosponsored by Calvert House
Just days before his canonization in the Catholic Church, this lecture will meditate on the spiritual life of Pope John XXIII (Angelo Roncalli) with special attention to the posthumous publication of his The Journal of a Soul. It will argue that his long pastoral ministry, including those few years in the papal office, derived its energy from a sustained life of prayer seeking the “face of Christ.” The seamless weaving of action and contemplation explains why in his own lifetime he was familiarly known as “Good Pope John.”
Lawrence S. Cunningham is the John A. O’Brien Emeritus Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. A leading American scholar in the areas of systematic theology and culture, Catholic spirituality, and Catholic saints, Cunningham has edited or written over twenty-five books including Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master, An Introduction to Catholicism, and The Seven Deadly Sins: A Visitor’s Guide.