Giving with God: Reflections on WealthCourse Level: Basic

Course Summary

Seminar participants are invited to reflect deeply upon the economic social justice principles of the Church.   Using scripture as their touchstones, seminar participants will gain a better understanding of the meaning and importance of these principles for their own lives and as guides for building a more just society.

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

General Course Objectives

  • To gain a better understanding of the economic social justice principles of the Church.
  • To reflect prayerfully and thoughtfully on their personal attitudes towards wealth and its proper use.
  • To begin to see more clearly particular ways they are being called to work for greater social justice.

Course Materials

  • No books required. All readings are online.

Course Structure and Highlights

  • Week 1: Am I a generous person?
    • To gain a clearer understanding of the meaning of generosity in the light of the gospels.
    • To more genuinely become aware of and appreciate the gifts and blessings God has bestowed on us.
    • To consider more specifically the ways we have ministered to Christ in the person of those who need us and the ways Christ is asking us to do so..
  • Week 2: Are My Attitudes Towards Wealth Christian?
    • To gain a more honest understanding of our personal attitude towards wealth.
    • To determine more consciously to what extent Christian values impact these attitudes and the ways in which we accumulate and use wealth.
    • To more knowledgeably, critically and compassionately consider the functioning of the free market economy in our society.
  • Week 3: How committed am I to changing unjust social structures?
    • To notice if there are any unmerited privileges we enjoy and at whose expense we enjoy them.
    • To seek a more intimate relationship with Mary and, through Mary, with the poor.
    • To recognize more clearly the presence of social sin and injustice in our society
    • To review and comprehend the basic social justice teachings of the Church