Is It Possible To Live This Way?

Is It Possible To Live This Way?: An Unusual Approach to Christian Existence: Faith

Copyright Date: 2008
Pages: 176
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    Is It Possible To Live This Way?
    Book Description:

    As in all his works, Giussani encourages young people to be serious about their own existence and loyal to their experience. The conversations reported here are fascinating and insightful, providing support for a way of life that today is frequently questioned, rejected, or censured.

    eISBN: 978-0-7735-7470-0
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Note on the Translation
    (pp. vii-viii)
  4. By Way of Introduction
    (pp. ix-2)

    This is an unusual book. It is a kind of “novel,” as those who first read the proofs noted. In this work the discovery of life as “vocation” comes about not through deduction but through the evidence of an experience lived according to reason, within the same breath as Mystery.

    It deals with the path that Father Luigi Giussani took throughout a year in dialogue with about one hundred young people who had decided to commit their lives to Christ through total dedication to the Mystery and to His destiny in history. The Church calls this life “virginity.”

    Week after...

  5. 1 Faith
    (pp. 3-56)

    If I say, “Is Anna here?” and Carlo tells me, “I saw her back there” — I can’t see because I’m short and sitting down— I say: “OK, she’s here,” and I check her off on my list. Is it reasonable to do that? Yes, because it’s right for me to trust Carlo. If it weren’t Carlo, but rather an enemy who had burned down my house, stolen my money, spoken badly about me, who hates me, who can’t stand me, and he comes and says, “Anna is here,” I’d have more doubts about her being here, I can’t trust him....

  6. 2 Freedom
    (pp. 57-115)

    Now, what are the five points we’ve used to describe faith?

    First, an event happens and has the form of an encounter. The shock you get makes you discover something new. It isn’t the fruit of reason, it isn’t the fruit of an itinerary. It’s the fruit of an encounter, of a moment that strikes you. One of Tom’s students was hanging out with us in CL for a while. He was invited to the wedding of someone in the community in Bologna. He left the church telling Tom, “Do you realize I feel at home for the first time?”...

  7. 3 Obedience
    (pp. 116-158)

    Today we’ll take another step in our meditation. What does meditation mean? It means becoming aware of a truth in such a way that it unfolds before your eyes, so that you can penetrate it. It means, therefore, that it isn’t a piece of paper nailed to the wall, the wall of your eyes, that is, the wall of your heart, but rather is living words that you can penetrate. We can only penetrate living words, that is, words that are told to us by those whom we live with, those who take part in our life.

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  8. Notes
    (pp. 159-164)