Lights for the Path
Size: 215 mm x 138 mm
Publisher: Veritas Publications
Publication Date: 10/06/2022
‘This is a thought-provoking and practical read that introduces us to a variety of leading lights.’
Rev. Dr Gareth Byrne, moderator, Archdiocese of Dublin, and former director of the Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education
‘The witnesses Sullivan calls upon illuminate … the very human experiences on the journey of following Christ and each casts light on what is profoundly important in providing Catholic education that is both distinctive and inclusive.’
Dr Margaret Buck, former educational consultant and director of education for the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham
Maximus the Confessor:
The Symphony of Creation
Maximus the Confessor (580–662 CE) offers a Christ-centred and holistic vision of creation that is complex, magnificent in scope, and strongly marked by its interconnectedness and sense of coherence.1 He provides us with a remarkable feat of synthesis, integrating Christology, cosmology, the Eucharist, ecclesiology and eschatology. He also supplies a substantial and penetrating Christian anthropology integrating the intellectual, emotional, moral, spiritual and volitional aspects of our nature, showing connections between how we manage ourselves, read the world and make our way in it, and relate to God. His writings may justly be considered to constitute a symphony of creation and to display many of the features one finds in a symphony.
What are the features of a symphony? It is composed of various strands and multidimensional elements. It displays a certain complexity, holding together with shape, coherence and unity, despite inner variations of tone and tempo. It unfolds in time, conveying dynamic movement and directionality. Proper appreciation of it depends on the listener avoiding distractions and applying disciplined attention. It fully reveals itself only at the end. It also reveals the composer.
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Lights for the Path introduces a range of hidden treasures from the Catholic tradition men and women who, across the centuries and in diverse contexts, have illuminated how Christians can read and respond to the world. In each case the author demonstrates the enduring relevance of their example and wisdom for the philosophy and practice of Catholic education today. These remarkable and inspirational people, from educators to poets and prophets, including Maximus the Confessor, Hildegard of Bingen, Bonaventure, Edith Stein, Elizabeth Jennings, Paulo Freire, Étienne
Gilson, Marshall McLuhan and Walter Ong, left a lasting legacy.
About the author
John Sullivan was professor of Christian education from 2002 to 2013 at Liverpool Hope University, where he is now emeritus professor. He is the author and editor of nine books.