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«the most extraordinary thing that exists!»

Summer session on the Christian state of life in literature



«Creating something that reflects absolute Being and Love is perhaps the most extraordinary thing that exists!» How can I persuade you that beyond all these loves that fill our lives - there is L o v e ... for to love is to give life through death, to love is to release from the depths of the soul the living water of the source, the soul that burns, burns without flame... [Karol Wojtyła in: The Jeweller's Shop]


To participate in this Love, to be set on fire was in the Old Covenant...

...marriage. There was actually no choice there. The New Covenant opens up the possibility of following Christ.... So now the two states face each other like the Old Covenant, blessed by the Son, and the New Covenant, sanctified by the Father. And the Christian is placed in a choice at this point of encounter. He can choose the Old Covenant with the blessing of the Son, or the New Covenant with the blessing of the Father (i.e. with His permission to share the life of the Son). [Adrienne von Speyr]


La cappella «Rigi Klösterli» dipinta da Goethe

On the basis of this definitiveness to which man is called, which is a humble participation in divine love - in fact the most extraordinary thing that exists - works by various authors of the modern era have been chosen. It is precisely in them that lights can be perceived; there the truth shines, even sometimes discreetly.



Also contributing to these discoveries (see list below) were the picturesque surroundings of the Rigi mountain in Switzerland (which Goethe enjoyed during one of his trips), a late summer stay in the Valchiusella and near Florence, the sites of the session.


 

Gli autori con le opere trattate :


Friedrich Nietzsche: Così parlò Zarathustra


Hugo von Hofmannsthal: L'incorruttibile e L'uomo difficile

Søren Kierkegaard: Aut-Aut


C. S. Lewis: Diario di un dolore


Karol Wojtyła: La bottega dell'orefice

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