You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, April 14th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing two articles from Marriage and Family (49.2):
Carlo Caffarra: Teacher and Witness of Love’s Truth by Livio Melina (full article)
Nexus indissolubilis: A Balthasarian-Augustinian Meditation on the Spousal Embrace by Adrian J. Walker (pages 267-283 only)
Here are the excerpts from the Introduction to the issue:
Carlo Caffarra, in “The Crisis of Ethics in the West,” approaches the essential features of the human person that belong to any ethical reflection, features that contemporary society has hardened itself against countenancing. What is at stake in this rejection? “At its core, it is a crisis of our vision of man: it is a conflict of anthropologies.” Only if we acknowledge the gravity of the alternative between these worldviews, Caffarra holds, can we begin to serve the rehabilitation of a genuine culture of life that fosters interpersonal flourishing.
Adrian J. Walker contemplates how the meaning of being, both created and divine, is expressed in the nuptial act in “Nexus indissolubilis: A Balthasarian-Augustinian Meditation on the Spousal Embrace.” Human fecundity reveals how the desire for life is always fulfilled in an interpersonal life-giving that images and mediates God’s self-communication to his creature. “It is precisely by resting in the given-awayness of the gift, as it were, that the couple experience the causal fruitfulness proper to sex, whose principle is a kind of virginal renunciation of fruitfulness—into the hands of the Creator who alone gives being and raises the dead to new life.” This eucharistic figure of nuptial love, Walker shows, is rooted in the generative life of the triune God.
We will meet in the Kateri Room located at St. Michael’s Church, 240 Hemlock Street, Waterloo, Ontario. Use the east side parking lot and enter by the rear doors. Walk up the stairs. The Kateri Room is on your right before enter the church proper.
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