Fr. Thomas Esposito, O.Cist.University of Dallas
This event is cosponsored by Calvert House Catholic Center.
The first recipients of St. Paul's letters did not keep their letters to themselves; as part of the organic life of the Church that Catholics call "Tradition," the letters of Paul were collected together and incorporated into the New Testament. One amazing consequence of this Tradition at work is that everyone who reads these letters, regardless of time or place, becomes a Corinthian, or a Roman, or an Ephesian, thanks to the unifying power of the Holy Spirit. This conference will reflect on how the early Church received these letters, and highlight specific texts that reveal how the voice of St. Paul still reaches us, both individuals and the Body of Christ collectively, today.
Fr. Thomas Esposito, O.Cist., is a monk of Our Lady of Dallas Cistercian Abbey in Texas, where he currently serves as Subprior and Junior Master. He is an Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Dallas, where he teaches courses on biblical languages, Scriptural interpretation, and world religions. Fr. Esposito holds an SSD and SSL from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and is author of Jesus's Meals with Pharisees and their Liturgical Roots (Analecta Biblica Dissertationes) and The Roots that Clutch: Letters on the Origins of Things.