Ave Maria University’s own Fr. Matthew Lamb will be one of the plenary speakers at the conference on Mother Teresa and the Mystics. Fr. Lamb’s talk, “Saint Teresa of Calcutta as a Witness to the Universality of God’s Love and the Natural Law,” will speak of how Mother and Saint Teresa of Calcutta, in her love and service of the poorest of the poor, illustrates the importance of the universality of human reason gifted to all by God. Saint Mother Teresa often affirmed that she and her Missionaries of Charity were caring for the poorest of the poor no matter what their religious affiliation, or lack thereof. All in need were welcomed into the care of the sisters and brothers, whether they were Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Atheist, Agnostic, or whatever. The universality of God’s love grounds the universality of the natural law.
From St. John Paul II she realized that all human beings have an image of God as their rational soul. The universality of her care for those in need bears witness of the universality of human nature and the natural law. St. Thomas Aquinas provides a theological understanding of this witness to natural law. There are two key elements in his theological development of this universality. One is his analysis of the three levels of the “image of God in man”; the other is his clear distinction between the virtue of religion and the theological virtue of charity. Both of these indicate the importance of the universality of God’s love manifested in nature and the natural law.
Fr. Lamb will speak on Saturday, February 11th at 10:30am, in the Bob Thomas Student Union Ballroom.
About Fr. Lamb
Fr. Matthew Lamb, Dr. Theol., is Cardinal Maida Professor of Theology and the founding director of our graduate programs. He previously taught for twenty years at Boston College and before that at Marquette University for ten years. His research interests include foundational, doctrinal, and systematic theologies. He has authored and edited several books, including Catholicism and America: Challenges and Prospects (Sapientia Press, 2012), Eternity, Time, and the Life of Wisdom (Sapientia Press, 2007), and Vatican II: Renewal within Tradition(Oxford University Press, 2008), and he has published more than 150 articles. Before his studies in Rome, Rev. Lamb spent fifteen years in a contemplative monastery; he hopes to return to such a monastery when he retires. He holds the degrees of S.T.L. from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Dr. Theol. with a Universitätspreis from the State University of Münster in Germany, and an honorary doctorate from the Franciscan University of Steubenville.