THE FOCUS OF FREEDOM by Romano Guardini


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This misleadingly titled work is a collection of four booklets written by Father Guardini between 1949 and 1951. The first work is an affective biographical sketch of Francis of Assisi, in which the saint is presented as combining the ideals both of autonomy and being a creature of destiny. The second, entitled ""Community: the History of an Experience,"" is an essay on the ""sense of community"" that results from love. The third booklet reproduced here is a treatise on the meaning of melancholy in a spiritual, rather than in a psychological or psychiatric, context. The final work, ""Living Freedom,"" is a rather speculative discussion of the significance of human freedom within the framework of Christian spirituality. This collection, for all the authority and ability of Guardini, is a hodgepodge of minor works poorly translated by Dom Gregory Roettger and unified only by the publisher's determination to have a book. It can be recommended only to Father Guardini's most uncritical and insatiable readers.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1966
Publisher: Helicon