The Masters of Sacred Arts (MSA) degree is a groundbreaking combination of theory and practice. In addition to the study of theology, philosophy, architecture, film, music and art, students have mentored hands on studio work in drawing, iconography, painting and sculpture. This two year program is perfect for artists, architects, priests, seminarians, religious, educators, laity, patrons of the arts and anyone looking to create beauty as a sign of hope in todays world. Pontifex programs are established on the premise that in all genuine Catholic education, the ultimate Educator is God Himself. As Pius XI stated, the aim of a Christian education is “to form the supernatural man who thinks, judges and acts constantly and consistently in accordance with right reason illumined by the supernatural light.” The goal of Pontifex is to guide students along the path, the Way of Beauty, which leads to the supernatural transformation in Christ, so equipping one to serve Him. The MSA program was designed by Provost David Clayton previously Artist-in-Residence at Thomas More College of Liberal Arts whose book, the Way of Beauty, published by Angelico Press in 2015, contains the principles utilized by Pontifex University. “The launching of the MSA program at Pontifex is the culmination of 20 years research,” Clayton said. “It all began when, as a recent convert, I decided to become an artist and couldnt find anywhere to give me the training I wanted. I had to work it all out for myself. I am thrilled now to see this being offered to the next generation which, who knows, might contain a latter day Van Eyck or Velzaquez!” The MSA offers the same formation that enabled the great Catholic artists of the past to create works of radiant beauty that are at once noble, elevating and accessible to the many, drawing all to God.
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When.e talk about vocation, we introduce a vertical dimension in our life, which is God. Cyprian, “De habit virgin um”, xiii P.L., IV, 463; St. . Their job is their calling, or vocation. A priest is a man who has received the Sacrament of Holy Orders, which confers on him certain powers of Christ, principally the power to consecrate bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, and the power to forgive sin in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. There are two signs of vocation: the one negative, the absence of impediment ; the other positive, a firm resolution by the help of God to serve Him in the ecclesiastical or religious state. What is required are opportunities to learn about God and about the practices that draw us closer to God. Each vocation, if it is lived generously and faithfully, will then involve times of lasting happiness and reward but also suffering and sacrifice. For a married Christian couple, they follow Christ by giving themselves to each other completely and without any reservation, promising to love each other faithfully for the rest of their lives, sharing their joys and sufferings in whatever circumstances life brings them. Gregory, EC.
.ut chow do I choose the best door that is in front of me right now? CLXXII; “Exhortation to renounce the world”, n. 1 P.G., XXX, 779-82; XXXI, 626, 1394; XXXII, 647-49; St. The best thing we can offer young people is encouragement to trust in God to lead us one step at a time. Gregory, EC. God also may help our choice by interior movements, whether we are conscious of them or not, by inclinations leading us to this or that course of action, or by the counsels of a friend with whom we are providentially brought into contact; or He may even clearly reveal to us His will, or his preference. The best decision-making tools we can offer young adults who are worried about their future are not career inventories, but the classic tools of Christian discernment: prayer, Scripture, obedience, reflection and the counsel of fellow believers. Are these general views applicable to the choice of a state of life? According to Genesis 1, human beings were created in the image of God, and according to Genesis 2, Adam was placed in the Garden of Eden to “work it and keep it” 2:15, RSV . A vocation from Latin vocātiō, meaning “a call, summons” 1 is an occupation to which a person is specially drawn or for which she/he is suited, trained, or qualified. vocation