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Free lecture: Vacek explains love and grace like never before

January 25, 2013

Love and grace are common words that seem to pop up everywhere, but rarely are clearly defined. That’s according to the Rev. Edward Vacek, S.J., Ph.D., who is Loyola University New Orleans' The Rev. Stephen J. Duffy Chair in Roman Catholic Systematic Theology. He will headline a lecture Wednesday, Feb. 6 on that very topic, “Grace: What’s Love Got to Do with It?”

The lecture will be held at 6 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located on the third floor of Monroe Hall. Part of the Yamauchi Lectures in Religion series and hosted by the Loyola’s Department of Religious Studies, the event is free open to the public. A reception with refreshments will be held before the lecture at 5:15 p.m. in the lobby area of Monroe Hall on the first floor.

The first part of Vacek’s talk will focus on love. “Though the word is used a million times—everybody just assumes that they know what it means,” said Vacek. In fact, he’s written a book on love to respond to that notion—“Love, Human and Divine.”

The second part of Vacek’s talk will focus on grace and how that five letter word connects to the four letter word of love. Although most people use it to describe saying “grace” before a meal, the topic of grace is actually controversial, according to Vacek. It’s one of the major dividing points between Protestants and Catholics.

Vacek will use experiential terms to explain a new version of the ancient story of love and grace.

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