Nina Butorac


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Lectures and Classes

The Sacramental Imagination
Poster [.pdf]

An Eight-Week Course on Catholic Themes
in Modern Literature

The Death Penalty: A Catholic View
1.5 hour presentation with slides.

Forming a Catholic Conscience
1.5 hour lecture/class.

John Courtney Murray, SJ
1.5 hour presentation with slides.

Dignitatis Humanae
1.5 hour presentation with slides.

Philosophy 101
An Eight-Week Course for Catholic Laity.


Oil Paintings, Scratchboard

Follow me at Sacramental Literature and Films on Facebook
Available now at Wipf and Stock Publishers, or through

From a sacramental standpoint, and using forty well-loved films as illustrations, THE WORLD TRANSPARENT guides the reader through a process of formation in the Christian faith. Its focus is on the virtues, as they help form us to live purposeful lives; on conscience, as it directs our judgment and moral actions; on grace, as it lifts up our nature and works to perfect it; on the sacraments, as they confer the graces that enable us to meet life's struggles; and on the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love, as they immerse us in the order of grace and direct us to the source of our redemption in Christ. Each of these sacred themes is augmented by beauty and by the sacramental qualities found in great art, powerful stories, and shot through - eminently - by classic, masterful film.


SACRAMENTAL LETTERS explores the sacramental themes that underlie some of our more profound modern literature. From a uniquely Catholic perspective, the author offers new and challenging insights into the works of Albert Camus, Flannery O'Connor, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Merton, Graham Greene, Annie Dillard, and Richard Rodriguez. Readers will explore the themes of sin, guilt, redemption, grace, suffering, and sanctity, as they are revealed through the sacraments of the Church and in the creative craft of each writer.

Sacramental Letters challenges the Christian disciple to gain a new perspective on the meaning of the sacraments and on the underlying grace that imbues our world. This new way of seeing allows us to engage the world with compassion, responding to the longing each one of us has to love the world as Christ loves us. It is an indispensable itinerary for any spiritual traveler, Catholic book club, or religious classroom setting.