Is It Possible To Live This Way?

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

Copyright Date: 2009
Pages: 160
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    Is It Possible To Live This Way?
    Book Description:

    This volume of Is It Possible to Live this Way, a translation of Luigi Giussani's Si Può Vivere Così?, addresses the virtue of charity. 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: 978-0-7735-7532-5
    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)
    John Zucchi
  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 Charity
    (pp. 3-64)

    Today let’s talk about the third column that holds the temple of God in place: reality as the temple of God, reality as it is lived by man, because it is the temple of God to the degree that it is lived by man. Earlier, during morning prayer, we sang: “the earth echoes forth hymns of gladness to Christ who has risen from death.”¹; It is in our awareness that the earth echoes forth hymns of gladness. The earth does not move, the earth does not laugh, the earth is not joyful; neither is a dog, even if it has...

  6. 2 Sacrifice
    (pp. 65-102)

    You would like to understand in a single flash, you would like to understand right away, you would like to understand to the point of feeling it right away. But instead, things have to be repeated and, in repeating them, it seems that they become more difficult to understand. Often it even seems that you understand less, which is a form of impatience. Because if you’re forced to repeat things to understand them, either you ardently desire the truth (you have a passion for the thing you are studying), or you grumble – at a certain point you grumble: grumbling coincides...

  7. 3 Virginity
    (pp. 103-130)

    I will list the essential points around which the entire discussion of virginity revolves.

    There is a premise, a premise that is no small thing: God became a man. You remember Monsignor Manfredini, my classmate, that night when we were going to church and we were late and we were running down the stairs – there are three or four flights of stairs. He was behind me, then suddenly he grabbed me by the arm and said: “Listen [we were twenty years old – no, not even], listen, to think that God became man is something belonging to the other world.” This...

  8. Notes
    (pp. 131-138)
  9. Index to volumes 1, 2, and 3 of Is It Possible to Live This Way?
    (pp. 139-157)