You are invited to attend our next monthly meeting to be held on Friday, March 10th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing two articles from The Flesh (49.2), one by and one about Sigrid Undset:
“If 2 + 2 = 5” by Sigrid Undset
“Sigrid Undset: Holiness and Culture” by Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis Simeon Leiva-Merikakis
Here are the excerpts from the Introduction to the issue:
In Retrieving the Tradition, we feature Sigrid Undset’s posthumously published essay “If 2 + 2 = 5,” in which she considers the path to conversion to Catholicism as one of submission to reality. She contrasts the pre-Christian situation to atheism after Christ, imploring her reader to the rediscovery of the God who has revealed himself in an age where sacramental meaning has been aggressively smothered. “The modern heathenism is a new thing—a declaration of war against a God who has spoken, where the old heathenism was a love song to a God who hid himself, or an attempt to live with the divine whose power men felt around them.”
Undset’s essay is paired with an appreciation of the novelist, originally published in 1993, by Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis in “Sigrid Undset: Holiness and Culture.” Leiva-Merikakis presents the importance of the saint in Undset’s novels and nonfictional writings. Undset recognized that the Church has purified and elevated culture only through the incarnate activities of holy men and women. In particular, she gives testimony across her works to how Christianity in representative persons both brought judgment upon the Norse culture of Scandinavia and transfigured it. “The ancient Viking conviction that loyalty to one’s fellow warriors is the supreme social value undergoes rebirth in a saint like St. Olav, for whom Christian holiness flows from a covenant of loyalty with the God who is powerful love.”
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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