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Katie van Schaijik

Want personality?  Live the Liturgy.

Nov. 30 at 11:10am

This Friday evening we will host the first of our First Friday Reading Circle for Personalist Project members.  We'll be discussing the first four chapters of Dietrich von Hildebrand's classic, Liturgy and Peronality.  Those who live in the area are welcome to join us at our home.  Those who can't make it in person can listen to the podcast of Jules' introductory remarks, which we'll post at the member center over the weekend.  There, too, you can comment or raise questions on what you read and hear.

If you'd like to take part, please do become a member!  It's free while we're in our start-up phase.  All we ask is members have a love of truth, a sincere interest in Christian personalism and a friendly disposition toward our work and toward fellow members.  Once you become a member you can click on the reading circle link, which will allow you to register and download an electronic version of the text.  (We have von Hildebrand's widow's permission to share the out-of-print text for this event.)  

What makes Liturgy and Personality of particular interest to an outfit dedicated to bringing personalist philosophy into fruitful contact with life—both individual and communal—is what it teaches about the nature of the person and the dialogical relation between the person's inner life and the objective world of values.  Our relation to the world shapes our personalities.  The Eurcharistic Liturgy, in Catholic understanding, is the God-designed point of most intimate contact between divine life and human life, between the supernatural and the natural.  There is no more sure and efficient way to shape and scale our personalities rightly than to enter into fully and often.

Here is Alice von Hildebrand in the introduction to the text.

"[Von Hildebrand] shows that the Liturgy embodies in its language and gestures those attitudes toward God, man, and the world whihc constitute the very core of a great personality."


 

Carol Cirrotti

Would like to hear what you think of VH's idea of personality. He seems to be equating it with a certain wholeness and maturity,an ability to transcend self and to act in the world with authenticity in response to truth rather than stagnant predispositions with which we come into the world. His references to personality seem to be subject to moral evaluation more akin to character or virtue the result of free choices. Am mistaken?

#1 - Dec. 2 at 8:24pm | quote

 

Carol Cirrotti

I listened to the podcast. It was an excellent summary but I'm not sure who was speaking. Would you please clarify.

#2 - Dec. 6 at 7:47pm | quote

Katie van Schaijik

Carol C cirrotti, Dec. 2 at 8:24pm

He seems to be equating it with a certain wholeness and maturity,an ability to transcend self and to act in the world with authenticity in response to truth rather than stagnant predispositions with which we come into the world. His references to personality seem to be subject to moral evaluation more akin to character or virtue the result of free choices. Am mistaken?

That's how I understand him, Carol.  I understand him in this context to be speaking of "person" as something ontological.  It's what we are in our being.  "Personality" is that ontology combined with 1) a certain endowed ability that lifts a person above the average, and 2) an achievement of our freedom—a conscious, intelligent opening of ourselves to value and a responsiveness toward the world of values.

Personality in vH's sense is opposed to egotism and subjective distortions like vices and nueroses.

#3 - Dec. 6 at 8:03pm | quote

Katie van Schaijik

Carol C cirrotti, Dec. 6 at 7:47pm

I listened to the podcast. It was an excellent summary but I'm not sure who was speaking. Would you please clarify.

It's my husband, Jules, speaking.  If you go to the members' page, you can see a picture of the gathering and read comments from others who "listened in".  

#4 - Dec. 6 at 8:04pm | quote

 

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