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Robert A. Krieg,Romano Guardini
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. As we are taught by Guardini, the essence of Christianity is not an idea, not a system of thought.

Romano Guardini (17 February 1885 – 1 October 1968) was a German Catholic priest, author, and academic. He was one of the most important figures in Catholic intellectual life in the 20th century. Guardini was born in Verona, Italy, in 1885. His family moved to Mainz when he was one year old and he lived in Germany for the rest of his life. He attended the sium. Guardini wrote that as a young man he was always anxious and very scrupulous

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3 Romano Guardini (1885-1968) was a man of integrity. He displayed unusual honesty and high moral principles in his interac-tions with friends, students, and church officials as well as with Nazi leaders. Although he did not seek out a confrontation with Bernhard Rust, he did not grovel before the swastika when called to Rust's office.

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Biography of Romano Guardini - National Institute for the Renewal of the . Finding One’s Center - excerpted from Romano Guardini: Spiritual Writings

Biography of Romano Guardini - National Institute for the Renewal of the Priesthood. St. Anselm of Canterbury and Romano Guardini, by Father Emery de Gaál, P. University of St. Mary of the Lake. Selected Writings by Romano Guardini. Finding One’s Center - excerpted from Romano Guardini: Spiritual Writings. Preparation for Prayer - from The Art of Praying: The Principles and Methods of Christian Prayer.

Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Jesus Christus offers a series of illuminating sermons on the life of Christ that were delivered to students at Berlin University, where Romano Guardini (1885-1968) taught. He was a mentor to such prominent theologians as Hans Urs von Balthasar and Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) and in this book, Guardini’s teaching style comes truly alive. Delivered while writing his bestselling masterwork The Lord, these reflections inspire the reader to contemplate the presence that Jesus Christ manifested to the world.

Romano Guardini on a German postage stamp. Robert Anthony Krieg, Romano Guardini: A Precursor of Vatican II. University of Notre Dame Press, 1997. Guardini's books were often powerful studies of traditional themes in the light of present-day challenges or examinations of current problems as approached from the Christian, and especially Catholic, tradition. Pope Francis cites Guardini's The End of the Modern World eight times in his 2015 encyclical Laudato si', more often than any other modern thinker who was not pope. The thinkers Hannah Arendt and Iring Fetscher were favourably impressed by his work. ISBN 978-0-268-01661-6.

"As we are taught by Guardini, the essence of Christianity is not an idea, not a system of thought, not a plan of action. The essence of Christianity is a Person: Jesus Christ himself."--Cardinal Josef Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI).Romano Guardini (1885-1968), an Italian-born German priest and theologian, was an influential writer whose efforts to relate the Christian message to a modern audience helped prepare the way for Vatican II. According to Karl Rahner, Guardini was a Renaissance man who led Catholics out of an intellectual and cultural ghetto and into the contemporary age. His Christian humanist vision at once deeply traditional and finely attuned to the questions of men and women today deserves the attention of a new generation
  • Doukree
I've long wanted to read more Guardini but have only read "Meditations Before Mass" which is excellent. Since I couldn't find time to read him more in depth, I decided to get a collection or two of his writings. This one is quite good. Romano Guardini was no shrinking violet and went right at the enemies of God:

"A human being exists only in the I-you relation with God. It is the ontological order in which someone lives. In light of this reality, we become aware of the absurdity of the assertion that God does not exist. ... God embraces us, surrounds us, enters into us. God abides at the innermost point of our existence." (PP. 66, 71)

This echoes Scripture:

"The fool says in his heart,
'There is no God.' ...
He who is throned in Heaven laughs;
the LORD derides them." -Psalms 53:2; 2:4 (See also Psalm 14:1)

"In him we live and move and have our being" -Acts 17:28

Guardini's writings on conscience are also interesting:

"Conscience is absolutely significant. What is ultimate in my life exists in union with my conscience. Conscience should be acted on. ... Conscience is therefore also the point at which the eternal enters into time. History means that the eternal occurs in time through the free acts of men and women." (PP. 70,71)

Unfortunately, when many modern people say they have "acted on" their conscience, they've really only acted on their desires as their consciences are so poorly formed. A person should only act on a sure conscience. The only exception is a scrupulous person who should follow the advice of his/her confessor/spiritual director. By talking about "free acts" is Guardini also implicitly saying that the objectively grave sins some people commit are subjectively only venial because the person's will is compromised by anxiety, compulsion, ingrained habit or mental defect?

My favorite writings of Guardini's in this book are on the Rosary. They have played a part in reviving my flickering devotion to the Holy Rosary:

"Oppressive events move throughout time and lay a heavy hand on the lives of us all. ... People long for a place of quiet in which they can meditate and gather strength and then later return to their tasks with fresh assurance. They need a prayer that gives them a lingering chance to pause, to collect and strengthen themselves. Such a prayer is the Rosary. It has served many people well. ... Repetition becomes the outer form of prayer with the purpose of pacifying and fulfilling the inner emotion. ... The Rosary consists of holy words. The 'Hail Mary' takes precedence over all. Its first part is derived from the New Testament. It begins with the message of the angel in Nazareth. 'Hail, full of Grace, The Lord is with you.' This is followed by the words with which Elizabeth greeted Mary when she crossed the mountains to visit her: 'Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb' (Luke 1:28, 42). ... God always remains God, no matter how powerful earthly influences may be" (PP. 148-151)
  • Unirtay
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  • Iaiastta
I've always admired and often quoted Romano Guardini's observation that the Church is the cross on which Christ is crucified. This wariness of ecclesial institutionalism has always struck me as both prudent and in the best tradition of Jesus' own anti-establishmentarian sensibilities.

But I must confess that, until Robert Krieg's excellent little book, I've never had much success in actually reading Guardini's writings. I've typically found them just a bit too pious, too Sunday-schoolish, for my taste. One reason for this, I now realize, is that I was reading them without knowing anything about their author.

Krieg's illuminating Introduction to his collection of Guardini's spiritual writings showcases what a maverick this Italian-German priest actually was. His ordination to the priesthood was delayed a half year because his bishop thought him too rebellious; he refused to jump on the neo-Scholastic bandwagon fashionable in his time, instead embracing the phenomenological method propounded by Husserl and used by Heidegger and Scheler; he stalwartly kept the huge youth organization for German Catholics he led unencumbered by the official hierarchy; and although his old age and declining health prevented him from an active role in Vatican II, and even though he was wary of some of the directions it took, his writings influenced many of the Council's biggest players. Moreover, Guardini struggled with depression all his life, especially in his youth and in his final years. His suffering added depth to his writings and no doubt encouraged his interest in authors such as Pascal and Rilke.

Knowing something about Guardini's life enables the reader (or at least this one!) to better appreciate his writings. True, some of them haven't aged as well as others, still coming across as rather syrupy and quaint. But others take on a new vitality.

My favorite section in Krieg's collection is Chapter 1, where he provides representative samples of Guardini's defense of Christian humanism. Guardini's analysis of the self as necessarily relational, self-acceptance as the most difficult spiritual task any of us face, and the need to encounter the world with fresh, unfiltered vision (the phenomenological influence), are not only insightful but sometimes poignant. ("I see the cypress, and an encounter occurs between the cypress and me. If I approach the cypress appropriately, who knows how the cypress may respond? Is it only 'make believe' when in folk tales a tree sees people and speaks to them?" p. 54). This is extremely good stuff, just as relevant today as when Guardini lived and wrote.