Gradual Growth and Transformation, from John to Francis
*** Copies of the book will be on sale for the special launch price of R100.
Dedicated to the memory of Brian Gaybba, this book takes its title from a conversation Larry Kaufmann had with Brian not long before Brian died. Reminiscing over his life as a theologian, Brian stated: “I always spoke about God, but never seemed to have an experience of God. But I got it wrong. It’s all about the experience of forgiveness. And knowing we are forgiven, perhaps then we can become love.”
An excerpt from the Foreword by Francis Moloney, renowned for his commentary on the Gospel of John in the “Sacra Pagina” series of biblical commentaries:
Larry has chosen well to focus upon the Gospel of John. There the theme of “gradualness” dominates the narrative. Larry provides perceptive studies of Nicodemus, the Samaritan Woman, the woman caught in adultery, the man born blind, the encounters that Mary Magdalene and Thomas have with the risen Jesus, and Peter’s “slippery slope to firm foundation.” A major contribution of this book is its introduction to a well-balanced reading of the Gospel of John, but there is more. The reader of this book will encounter an outstanding indication of the important relationship that exists between the Word of God found in the Gospel of John and the Christian moral tradition. A right relationship with God, Jesus Christ, and fellow human beings results from perseverance in the “gradual” impact that love and grace bring into the life of the believer. We do not begin as morally perfect people; we sometimes stumble there.
Prof. Francis J. Moloney, SDB, AM, FAHA
Thursday, 19 September 2019, 7h00 for 7h30pm St Augustine College, Auditorium53 Ley Road, Victory Park, Johannesburg
*** Free of charge, although a cash donation to St Augustine would be appreciated***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Dr Larry Kaufmann, CSsR
Larry Kaufmann was born in Pretoria. Professed as a Redemptorist 1973, he was ordained in 1979 and assigned to Grassy Park, Cape Town for two years.
His forty years of ministry as a Redemptorist have exposed him to a great diversity of activities and involvement: in parish ministry, lecturing, university chaplaincy, preaching missions, preaching or directing retreats, conducting ethics workshops for a broad cross section of South African society, and writing.
In 1983 he obtained a Licentiate degree in systematic theology from the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. and, in 1997, a Doctorate in moral theology from the Alphonsian Academy, which is attached to the Lateran University in Rome.
From 1984 to 1989 he was a lecturer in systematic theology at St Joseph's Theological Institute, Cedara. During that time he also served as a member of the Theological Advisory Commission to the SA Catholic Bishops' Conference.
From 1990 to 1993 he worked with Fr Albert Nolan OP at the Institute for Contextual Theology in Johannesburg, where he was engaged in research, writing and training. He subsequently took up a lectureship in contextual theology at Rhodes University, 1994-1996.
Larry Kaufmann is currently director of Redemptorist Pastoral Publications and writer of the Catholic Link; and Provincial Bursar and Secretary for the Redemptorists in South Africa. At present he is temporarily based in Rustenburg, overseeing building additions required for the monastery there.
He is also the Spiritual Director of WAACSA - We Are All Church SA - a movement in the Roman Catholic Church in South Africa, committed to the Gospel message and the ongoing renewal of the Church initiated by the Second Vatican Council.