Only purpose of spiritual life

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A brother said to an old man: “There are two brothers. One of them stays in his cell quietly fasting for six days at a time, and imposing on himself a good deal of discipline, and the other serves the sick. Which one of them is more acceptable to God?” The old man replied, “Even if the brother who fasts six days were to hang himself by the nose, he could not equal the one who serves the sick.”

What are we hearing here? The question is clear: When it’s all over, when we have said our last rosary, made our final trip to church, made our last private retreat, fasted every day of our last Lent, and hung by our nose from the steeple of the church as a sign of our eternal commitment to God, will it have been enough to qualify us as saintly?

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Sr. Ilia Delio speaking at B.C.

Evolution and the Primacy of Love

ANNUAL EVELYN UNDERHILL LECTURE IN CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY
Ilia Delio

Saturday, July 16, 10:00 a.m.
Presenter: Ilia Delio, O.S.F.
Robsham Theater, Chestnut Hill Campus
Free of Charge

According to Teilhard de Chardin, evolution ushered in a new understanding of reality based on love-energy.  This year’s annual lecture explores Teilhard’s philosophy of love and the import of conscious love for the direction of human evolution.

Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry


Ilia Delio, O.S.F.
is the Josephine C. Connelly Endowed Chair at Villanova University.

 

A Pre-Lecture Alumni Breakfast will be held
from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

at Corcoran Commons, Heights Room,
for alumni/alumnae of STM, IREPM, and WJST.
Registration for breakfast is included at the lecture registration link.