Points of Light in the Darkness:
The Church in the 19th Century

“A secret, an open secret: these world crises are crises of saints.”—St.  Josemaría Escrivá

If you’re feeling saddened and concerned about the Catholic Church today, consider: By 1800, the Church seemed as though it was at least on the ropes and possibly down for the count. And new, bigger problems were just starting.

This course is the story of God’s faithfulness and you will find it enormously encouraging.

Beginning in the 1700s, the Church had a series of weak popes who were both bullied and baffled by the aggressiveness of the new nation states and by the intellectual climate as it turned increasingly anti-clerical and anti-Christian.

At the same time, in the midst of what can only be called a “crooked and perverse generation,” God lit up bright points of light against the darkness (see Philippians 2:15-16).

Beginning Thursday, September 29, this six-week distance learning class will examine five of those bright points of light, setting them in the context of the political, cultural, and intellectual life of the era: St. John Vianney, St. John Henry Newman, Archbishop “Dagger” John Hughes, Pope Leo XIII, and St. Therese Lisieux.

While there will be plenty of history, the point of this course is not history, but spiritual awakening. How did God bring revival to His Church in that era? How might He do something similar in our own?

The course is free, so sign up today by filling out the form below.

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