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This looks like a treat -- it's not often you'll find a lecture on Divinization. It's not that Catholics aren't supposed to believe it. Indeed, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
460 The Word became flesh to make us "partakers of the divine nature":"For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God." "For the Son of God became man so that we might become God." "The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods."
Divinization is central to our theology, but unfortunately we in the west (i.e., Latin Rite Catholics) haven't really explored the idea as much as our Eastern brothers despite this being a significant facet of our Tradition.

And no...we're not means something completely different....

All of that is to say this -- I'm really looking forward to this lecture. I hope you listen, too!


A discussion of the central mystery of the early church’s theology: the divinization of the human person in the light of the Word made flesh.

A reader reminds me that I didn't say who gave the talk! The speaker is Phil Krill, the DRE of St. Isadore's Catholic Church in MI, and while his biography has proven somewhat difficult to find online, I listened to the talk and it's rather good and in line with everything else I have read on the subject. Please check it out.
7 comments so far:
    canon1753 November 23, 2007 at 3:52 PM , said...

    I haven't heard it but this is a great topic, which should give us Latins a chance to realize how wonderful Eastern Fathers are.

    Tim Hoven November 25, 2007 at 11:27 AM , said...

    Who gave this presentation? I would love more information on this person.

    Anonymous November 26, 2007 at 11:15 PM , said...

    My audio player will not play this. It plays everthing else on your site. Is this saved in a different format? It sounds facinating.


    Catholic Audio November 27, 2007 at 8:49 AM , said...

    I had the same problem -- I'm not sure why it doesn't do what the rest of the links do.

    How I fixed it: when you save it make sure that you save it in .mp3 format. When you right-click and "save as", rename it something like "theosis.mp3". That should fix the problem -- let me know if it doesn't.

    God Bless

    Anonymous November 27, 2007 at 10:11 AM , said...

    YOu can find some other talks he has done on

    Most of these talks are directed towards young adults, but i know anyone can encounter Christ through these presentations.

    We are working to get more of his talks online.


    Marco da Vinha March 16, 2010 at 9:15 AM , said...

    Good to find some Eastern Catholic media. I generally have to resort to EO media (not that I'm complaining) for an Eastern perspective.

    Anonymous March 7, 2011 at 11:57 AM , said...

    is there any way to get this burned on an mp3? and if so how do i go about doing it. thanks


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