Is It Possible To Live This Way?

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

Copyright Date: 2008
Pages: 176
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    Is It Possible To Live This Way?
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    Is It Possible to Live this Way, a translation of the first part of Luigi Giussani's Si Può Vivere Così?, addresses the virtue of hope. A compilation of Giussani's conversations with young people who have chosen the path of the consecrated life in the Church - that is, have chosen to live their lives in the world according to the "evangelical counsels" of poverty, chastity, and obedience - it proposes an unusual yet reasonable approach to living as a Christian. 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: 978-0-7735-7471-7
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. (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...

  2. (pp. 3-85)

    Let’s tackle the second part of this year’s meditation, which is a recovery of the fundamental words of our faith, that is, of the fundamental characteristics of our Christian personality. “Characteristics of my humanity” coincides with the “characteristics of my Christian personality.” It’s the same.

    We’ve seen the first factor of our Christian being: faith, “the just man lives by faith,”¹ “justice is faith,”² true humanity is that which bursts forth from faith. We’ve struggled to begin to understand what faith is: if you don’t understand it, you don’t live. There’s an understanding of faith that belongs only to theologians,...

  3. (pp. 86-102)

    Today we have to see what is born from hope, which is none other than the expanding of the certainty of faith regarding the future. It is this that interests us: the present doesn’t interest us as much as the future; for man, his origin doesn’t interest him as much as his destiny. What can we derive from this expansion of the certainty regarding the future, that is called hope? Trust must be a dominant virtue, a characteristic virtue of this passage; the weapon with which man combats the uncertainty of the future is trust. Through hope, faith becomes trust....

  4. (pp. 103-154)

    Up until now, what has been the path that our awareness and our thought have been provoked to fulfill?

    In our experience, there is something that comes from beyond it: unforeseeable, mysterious, but within our experience. If it is unforeseeable, not immediately visible, mysterious, with what instrument of our personality do we grasp this Presence? With that instrument called faith. Let’s call this instrument “faith,” to use a term that does not lead back to and is not exhausted by the concept of reason, because the comprehension of experience in its immediately experiential factors belongs to reason–it is reason...