Freely to Give: Ferdinand Ulrich as Teacher and Spiritual Father

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, October 9th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Freely to Give: Ferdinand Ulrich as Teacher and Spiritual Father” by Stefan Oster from the Spring 2018 (Volume 46.1) issue of Communio entitled Being as an Image of Divine Love: A Symposium on Homo Abyssus.

The following is taken from the Introduction to the issue:
Stefan Oster examines Ulrich’s understanding and practice of pedagogy as fruitful dialogue between an I and Thou in “Freely to Give: Ferdinand Ulrich as Teacher and Spiritual Father.” The good teacher, according to Ulrich, both presupposes the student’s own given capacity to attain truth and fosters this through giving himself in the word he offers his student. “The goal of all communication, all teaching, is thus either explicitly or implicitly not only to convey information to the student, but always also at the same time to enable the recipient’s ability freely to think through for himself what has been communicated.”

We will be holding a hybrid meeting whereby you are invited to attend in person at the JPII Student Centre, located at St. Michael’s Church, 240 Hemlock Street, Waterloo, Ontario, with masks, physical distancing and attendance recorded, or via Zoom for those not attending in person.

Thank you to all who participated in the David Bentley Heart Study Day. some of you asked for the reference to the sermon by C.S. Lewis that Norm Klassen meantioned. It was “Learning in War Time,” a copy of which can be found here

In light of the study day themes, Eric Wallance recommends an article by Edward Feser on voluntarism versus intellectualism. It can be found here.

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