Pastoral Letter: My Grace is SufficientCourse Level: Basic

Course Summary

The seminar takes a deeper look at the Pastoral Letter issued by Bishop Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia, titled: “My Grace is sufficient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Reflecting on the subject of Grace, Bishop Paul offers the reader the reassurance and comfort that God is always with us despite our human weakness and failings, and challenges us to a conversion by leading lives that are open and true.

Bishop Paul Hinder is the Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia (comprising parishes in the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Yemen), a vast vicariate that is home to vibrant parishes made up of ‘migrant’ faithful from all parts of the world. His pastoral letters, while focusing of teachings of the Church, serve to guide a migrant faith community, many of whom are away from their families for long periods of time.

Successful completion of this course earns 1.5 CEU's. Click here for more information about CEU's.

General Course Objectives

  • To understand the power of God’s grace
  • To know that God chooses us despite our weaknesses and imperfections
  • To understand God’s grace is not earned
  • To realize that humility is the fruit of conversion

Course Materials

  • No books required. All readings are online.

Course Structure and Highlights

  • Week 1: Finding strength in our weakness
    • To understand human fragility
    • To learn the gift of patience and endurance
    • To understand the strength of grace in our weakest moments
  • Week 2: Empowered by Grace
    • To understand Pope Francis’ challenge to minister at the peripheries
    • To understand that God chooses us despite our imperfections
  • Week 3: An invitation to conversion
    • To understand that God’s grace cannot be earned
    • To understand what it means to lead open and true lives
    • To be challenged to a conversion from hypocrisy