The Night School for Deeper Learning (Series IX, Session IV) with Pope Francis I
December 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
A description of our Guest is given at the end of the book that we will read – Let us Dream: The Path to a Better Future (2020). It reads: “Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 17, 1936, the son of Italian immigrants. He was ordained a priest in the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1969, named Provincial in 1973, and rector of the Colegio Máximo in Buenos Aires in 1980. He was consecrated bishop in 1992, became Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and was appointed a cardinal in 2001. In March 2013 he was elected Bishop of Rome, the 266th pope of the Catholic Church.” This luminous, fierce book distills what matters most to Pope Francis as a person and as the spiritual leader (emphasis on both “spiritual” and “leader”) of the Roman Catholic Church since 2013. As is always the case with Pope Francis, he speaks to and for and because of our common humanity – that we “live lives worthy of the calling that we have received from God.”
The overarching theme of Series 9 of The Night School for Deeper Learning is: “To live in a manner worthy of the call that you have received” (Ephesians 4:1). We will learn from the early Christian author of that Letter (1st century); from an Italian (St. Bonaventure, OFM, 13th century), from a German (Meister Eckhart, OP, 13th century), and from the current Pope, Francis I (since 2013, 21st century), who is an Argentinian. So, we will meet a near Apostle, a Franciscan, a Dominican, and a Jesuit.
The Night School is an experience of deep thought. This spiritual exercise activates in those who attend a longing for more depth of life and cultivates in them a greater capacity to explore with intellect and feeling the profound riches of the deep Tradition. In each class, the group is introduced to a new “guest” who were/are profound thinkers or missionaries or musicians or architects or philosophers or painters or poets or theologians or mystics. In sum, The Night School is meant to be enjoyable, even startling at times (surprised by the wisdom and beauty we have available to us when given a chance to experience it), and most of all to be an experience of God.