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Spiritual mercy

· ​The essay ·

In 2013, the cycle of sermons dedicated to works of spiritual mercy held in Spoleto in the context of the Festival of the Two Worlds in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization was a resounding success. Conceived and organized by Lucetta Scaraffia, the cycle – composed of seven meetings, later gathered in the book Le opere di misericordia spirituale (Edizioni Messaggero Padova, 2014) – saw in particular the public’s great interest in the sermon Insegnare agli ignoranti [teaching the ignorant] preached by Catherine Aubin, a French Dominican who teaches at the Pontifical Urban University and at the Institute of the Theology of the Consecrated Life. Starting from the desire to understand who the ignorant really are and what relationship the teacher establishes with them, Aubin declares that “teaching does not consist merely of passing on knowledge; rather, teaching is sharing a state of life, understanding an inner truth. At the very moment when we are teaching, at the same time precisely those whom we are teaching teach us and thus, through sharing, they become our teachers”. (@GiuliGaleotti)

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