PRUDENCE: A FORGOTTEN VIRTUE?

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Prudence: A forgotten virtue?

By: Giovanni Cucci, SJ

A forgotten heritage In today’s imagination prudence is mainly associated with careful, considered behavior (for example, driving a car slowly) or with a tendency to be indecisive so as to avoid risks, or worse, with a form of cowardice that prevents someone from taking a stand.[1] These views are largely associated with modern thought. In antiquity, however, prudence was considered the highest virtue and the guide of all the others (auriga virtutum), because it allowed people to recognize the fundamental...

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Maradona: ‘I will never be an ordinary man’

By: Claudio Zonta SJ

The journalist, sports writer and TV host Gianni Minà has reprised his earlier writing and interviews to produce a wide-ranging, impassioned and profound portrait of Diego Armando Maradona, marked by linguistic flair and wit in his biography, Maradona: ‘Non sarò mai un uomo comune’ Il calcio al tempo di Diego (Maradona: ‘I will never be an ordinary man’ Soccer in the age of Diego). Published by Minimum Fax, it tells the story of Maradona and his human side, full of...

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Back to the Olive Tree: Toward a Mediterranean theology

By: Jean-Pierre Sonnet, SJ

In his June 21, 2019, address in Naples, Pope Francis encouraged the elaboration of a Mediterranean theology. This theology, he specified, will bring into play “new narratives”: “There is a need for renewed and shared narratives that, starting from listening to the roots and the present, speak to the hearts of people, narratives in which it is possible to recognize oneself in a constructive, peaceful and hope-generating way.” This essay will sketch an outline of such a narrative, starting with...

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Veleno – ‘Poison’

By: Mariano Iacobellis, SJ

Veleno (Poison) is a docuseries based on the book by Pablo Trincia that traces the terrible events of the late 1990s in two Italian villages in the Bassa Modenese, which are separated by a few kilometers of fields, farmhouses and often banks of fog. Sixteen children were taken from their families and transferred to protected locations. The parents were suspected of belonging to a sect of Satanic pedophiles who carry out nocturnal rituals in cemeteries. The children told their stories...

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A More Loving and Lovable Church: Madeleine Delbrêl (1904–1964)

By: Diego Fares SJ

To write about Madeleine Delbrêl, Cardinal Martini said, is to write about “one of the greatest mystics of the 20th century.”[1] It was the same cardinal who said that “the Church is 200 years out of date. Why doesn’t it wake up? Are we afraid? Are we fearful rather than courageous?”[2] Yet when we read about Madeleine’s life we can affirm that in this daughter of the Church, in the testimony of  her life and her thought, the Church was...

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Dostoevsky: Theology from the frontier of experience

By: Stephan Lipke, SJ

Perhaps few experienced the restless 19th century as intensely as Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-81). His was a very strong experience of an era, his life full of personal misfortune. The artistic expression of what he lived through affected others as deeply as himself. When his debut epistolary novel Poor Folk (1846) was enthusiastically received by critics, the young mining engineer seemed destined to become a successful writer. However, his career was abruptly cut short in 1849 when he was imprisoned...

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