Deacon Fred will begin LIVE LESSONS on this course on November 30, 2021 at 10 am (PST)

In his homily given at the First Vespers of the First Sunday of Advent in 2005, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about two senses in which Christ the Lord comes to us. Jesus will come at the second coming, his final coming to the sound of trumpet and in glory on the last day. Yet he also desires to come to us in the present, each and every moment, where he persistently invites us into an intimate relationship of personal communion with him. Commenting on this, Benedict said the following:

“Yet there is not only the final coming at the end of time: in a certain sense the Lord always wants to come through us. And he knocks at the door of our hearts: are you willing to give me your flesh, your time, your life?”

Come with us this Advent as we journey through the season’s four Sundays with Pope Benedict XVI.

In this course of live lessons, you’ll read and meditate on the scripture readings given in the holy sacrifice of the Mass on Sunday’s during Advent. You’ll dive deeper into those readings, their historical context, as well as their spiritual and theological meaning.

Finally, you’ll learn how each of the readings tie into some of Pope Benedict’s richest teachings that he gave over the years during Advent.

Advent is a time of preparation for the arrival of the Lord Jesus, who comes to us in history, in mystery, and in majesty. Make the most of the season of Advent. Prepare to meet the Lord, the Savior and Redeemer whose boundless love travels to the end of the earth to reach you.

From all of us at Catholic Online School: God bless you. May the Lord Jesus touch your heart in a special way this Advent.

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Course curriculum

  • 01

    A Journey Through Advent with Pope Benedict XVI Lesson 1 - Advent is a Season of Hope and Expectation

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A Journey Through Advent with Pope Benedict XVI Lesson 1 - Advent is a Season of Hope and Expectation - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A Journey Through Advent with Pope Benedict XVI Lesson 1 - Advent is a Season of Hope and Expectation - Live Lesson with Deacon Bartels (11/30/21)

    • A Journey Through Advent with Pope Benedict XVI Lesson 1 - Advent is a Season of Hope and Expectation - QUIZ

  • 02

    A Journey Through Advent with Pope Benedict XVI Lesson 2 - Have the Courage to Dare with God!

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A Journey Through Advent with Pope Benedict XVI Lesson 2 - Have the Courage to Dare with God! - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A Journey Through Advent with Pope Benedict XVI Lesson 2 - Have the Courage to Dare with God! - QUIZ

  • 03

    A Journey Through Advent with Pope Benedict XVI Lesson 3 - Rejoice Always, for the Lord is Near!

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A Journey Through Advent with Pope Benedict XVI Lesson 3 - Rejoice Always, for the Lord is Near! - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A Journey Through Advent with Pope Benedict XVI Lesson 3 - Rejoice Always, for the Lord is Near! - QUIZ

  • 04

    A Journey Through Advent with Pope Benedict XVI Lesson 4 - God Is Here, He Has Not Withdrawn from The World

    • Introduction

    • Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

    • A Journey Through Advent with Pope Benedict XVI Lesson 4 - God Is Here, He Has Not Withdrawn from The World - LESSON PLAN / STUDY GUIDE

    • A Journey Through Advent with Pope Benedict XVI Lesson 4 - God Is Here, He Has Not Withdrawn from The World - QUIZ

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Instructor(s)

Instructor Bio:

Deacon Frederick Bartels is a member of the Catholic clergy who serves the Church in the diocese of Pueblo, CO. He received an MA in Theology and Educational Ministry from Catholic Distance University, where he is currently employed as an adjunct professor of theology. He is founder and editor of Joy In Truth (joyintruth.com), an online magazine dedicated to the New Evangelization. As a Catholic educator, public speaker and evangelist, Deacon Bartels strives to infuse culture with the saving principles of the gospel. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Shelly, and the youngest two of their six children. Professor Bartels is Chairman of the Theology Department.

Deacon Frederick Bartels

Professor of Theology, Department Chair