" In light of Ignatius' 'Two Standards' and 'The Mystries Done From The Garden To The House Of Annas', at any moment we can be Judas or Peter, a Christian life can be a fine line."
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Francis And Benedict On Romano Guardini
Many people don’t know that Pope Francis planned to write his thesis
on Romano Guardini, the distinguished theologian and liturgist who had a
profound influence on Joseph Ratzinger. Ratzinger even named one of
his most important books with the same title as that of one of Guardini’s, namely, The Spirit of the Liturgy. (We need to read and apply what Ratzinger wrote now more than ever, by the way.) [Magister
corrected his own entry which now reads: "It was precisely on Guardini
that the Jesuit Bergoglio was planning to write the thesis for his
doctorate in theology, during an academic sojourn in Germany in 1986 at
the philosophical-theological faculty of Sankt Georgen in Frankfurt: a
plan that was later abandoned."] Pope Benedict, the day he stepped-down, quoted Guardini twice in his final speech as Pope.
I am not a Jesuit, nor am I a cleric. I spent about 5 years under the spiritual direction of a Jesuit, 3 of those years in a weekly directed retreat in everyday life. The profound impact that the Society and the Excercises had upon my life, resulted in me, trying to deal with that impact in some way by sharing my view of Jesus Christ with others. My intention is to pull together Jesuitical and Catholic subjects that interest me. I was born on the feast day of St. Paul Miki, S.J.. I am the father of three small children and an infant, I am married to a great wife.