Youth, Culture and Discernment: The experience of Augustine and Basil

Enrico Cattaneo, SJ

 Enrico Cattaneo, SJ / Church Life / 15 November 2017

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At a time when scientific subjects appear to have won a place of prominence in education and training, often for merely utilitarian reasons, it is more important than ever to bring young people close or closer to the humanities. This is indispensable because it enables young people to identify the necessary criteria to discern what is good and what is less good in the culture they inhabit; it provokes within them those questions and doubts that are fundamental on the journey toward maturity.

In this regard, it is interesting to be familiar with the personal experiences – in school and in encountering the culture of their times – of two Church Fathers: Augustine and Basil.

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