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

Apr 14, 2016
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 Catholic Studies Centre at Saint Louis University; he is also the editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review. Among his publications are The One Christ: St. Augustine‚Äôs Theology of Deification (Catholic University of America Press, 2013), The Enemy Within: Augustine on Sin and Self-Sabotage (Bloomsbury Press, 2016), and most recently, Augustine On Self-Harm, Narcissism, Atonement and the Vulnerable Christ (Bloomsbury Press, 2020). In 2021, Fr. Meconi's Christ Unfurled: The First 500 Years of Jesus's Life (TAN Books) and The Ongoing Incarnation: A Spirituality of the Mystical Body (Emmaus Academic) will be published. Fr. Meconi is a former Fellow of the Augustinian Institute at Villanova University.