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Giulio Silano

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SMC205H1F Test more from the middle - Last week’s – contemporary women’s writings – died in mid 20s – both Carmelite nuns Thérèse of Lisieux  Decided at age 2 to become a nun  Usually there is a statue of her in churches  Her book too was everywhere  We have parts of her Autobiography  St. Augustine Seminary – shrine of little flower- phrase describing Therese o Her popularity was that great in Toronto that she had a shrine dedicated to her o Her bones were on travel few years ago o John Paul II declared Therese doctor of the church which meant her life and teachings rank in importance in some sense like Augustine’s – she had something very important and original that she was ranked in the doctor’s small prestigious group  Sentimental emotional work  Some view it as very important work  Thus good reasons to read her- because of other’s findings of her devotion – theological findings too – she also deals with how to be, and live in a Christian manner, deals with what her vocation is and how it relates to her life, she concludes she is to live all of them, i.e. no Christian can exempt self from consideration of martyrdom or what monks do and what it means, not that you have to become these figures, but your apprehension of Christ and church has room for all of such experiences – you are not free to disregard any experiences, you can learn something from all of them, she has eloquent finding, she lives requirements of love profoundly and as well as she can, she is sublime and simple this is what makes her sublime and simple and can be done by anyone dothg anything  20 century church concern, Christians become aware the call to holiness, not just for the few, if called how do you pursue? – if someone in a nunnery could do it, then surely I can do it…  Also interesting to read this chronicle of someone living the experience of the monastic community as many have abstract conception, it is interesting how the nuns imitated her, you live with these people 24/7 – no breaks, same people for life… if things go wrong things go wrong… so as a historical text it was useful this way too… she is overwhelmed one day because of sisters, friendships, death of sister (hard to deal with but it is done) = a kind of concreteness and underlying it all is the business of living this all, being chirp and upbeat during this long period and then there is moment of discovering consumption – bleeding in night way till morning to see what it is – it was consumption – she died from consumption  Is she nuts? – What to do with this?  She is very easy to make fun of, to dismiss, many comments do in fact dismiss her but recognize her importance  Silano likes Carmelites; John Paul liked Carmelites too and wrestled with becoming one himself…  When she refers to lights in trials- asceticism of trial – Carmelite work – on mystical theology produced by a western Christian – john of the cross- Therese found shoeless Carmelites – prompts John to start analogous thing with friars, sucks him in as confessor, he is stuck, Therese switches confessors a lot to suck people into the anti-Christ  Attempt to explain the combination or rosiness and incredible harshness- love seen as harsh and demanding thing- images of God as the bird of prey that seizes you and will not let you go…  The language is romantic and the substance is perennial, oddly demanding, would not suspect given floweriness of the language  remember if Therese you have unlikely combination of child Jesus (rosy picture) and the holy face (refers to Veronica and imprint of the suffering fact on the cloth when Christ falls carrying cross) – joined joy and bad day of Crucifixion – go from name to correspondence – find rosy of Jesus, but hardships too  her prominence in 20 century catholic church is impressive  many Therese’s – all acting on such names that come with conversion to religious life (Mother Theresa) – John Paul worshipped all 3 – beatified Stine patroness of Europe- loved mother Theresa which is in the end summarized at the end of his life- at the beginning of the 3 element- everything Christian is to live active life, we may make both ours  Therese does not think of life of contemplation divided from divine life- she thinks she needs to be in contemplation for the rest of her life to take form – without her contribution she thought nothing else could happen  Saints make proposals and you get to decide what you think of them… Therese is clear there is a distinction but no separation and that the life of the church is to be contributed by all, shared, and heart is crucial too it we must cultivate it, we are not excused from cultivating our heart, the saints are the examples by which we must regulate our own life…  This emphasis on all is a great thing of the 20 century!! – the re-discovery of the universal call to holiness is a great achievement of the Church******* o This is not simply discovery of the duty but rather indignity- you become a Christian not when a priest but rather it is baptism that makes you a Christian – thus fundamental call is baptism in which everyone is called to holiness o Calls herself “the little flower” o Book Story of the Soul was very popular- printed in many languages o Popular until 1960s- straight forward up till then but then things become complicated to describe with ease o Part of the problem is that the Catholic Church has become Protestantized and saints do not get mentioned anymore – so if students go to a school with a St. name they do not know who the saint was King James wrote a book against witches – related to St. Robert Elizabeth of the Trinity - Less well known - Carmelite life- dies young - She is the first person who takes the affirmation of the Trinity seriously and who describes the Christian life as life in the Trinity and so affirms the necessary dynamism of this – in beautiful and eloquent words - She has rich reports - Intriguing is that the extent to which the mission of each woman is profoundly shaped by the name they are given. Neither woman was called by what we call them, they were given religious names when joined order – these girls decided to take the name given as a mission as something they would live up to, supposed to live up to this, - A nun- supposed to say something about sub
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