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Professor José Manuel Fidalgo presents Romano Guardini's keys to a Christian vision of life

The expert in Dogmatic Theology from the University of Navarre gave an online session

19/11/20 17:04 Luis Alvarez

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The theologian Romano Guardini developed a profound Christian formative work of high scientific rank. "Christian thought is an exercise to understand the world and existence through the eyes of Christ, from a perspective of faith: a style of thinking that we can call supernatural vision". So says José Manuel Fidalgo, Professor of Dogmatic Theology at the School of Theology at the University of Navarra, who recently gave an online session for more than 120 people.

Romano Guardini (1885-1968), currently in the process of beatification, in addition to a great academic work in German universities, carried out an intense pastoral task as chaplain, formator and preacher. B His work also had an influence on the work of Pope Benedict XVI, as Fidalgo, author of the book 'Ver por tus ojos. Putting Christ at the Center of Thought. A study on R. Guardini'.

In the session, degree scroll What does it mean to "see through the eyes of Christ"? Guardini and the "exercise in Christianity", Fidalgo responded to the question posed by affirming that "it is equivalent to what we could call supernatural vision".

According to Guardini, the main difficulty in thinking in Christianity is the erroneous image of God and man generated by the autonomist and subjectivist line of modern thought: "God appears as a rival to my freedom and freedom is understood as absolute autonomy, as not accepting any dependence".

Christ as the center of thought

According to Guardini, everything changes with the appearance of Christ and when he becomes the center of thought. This is the great challenge of the Christian training : "To have supernatural vision is to have the vision that Christ has of things".

Professor Fidalgo synthesized in four points what Guardini gathers about the centrality of Christ in Christian thought and its consequences. In the first place, it presupposes distance and perspective: "Supernatural vision is a certain distance from things that frees us from immediacy. Christ is distance; but at the same time he is closeness to God". In the second place, Christ supposes the authentic novelty: everything in the world is exhausted in the same, if God does not burst into our life. Likewise, Christ brings realism and concreteness, since he does not theorize. And finally, judgment and measure: "The only way to truly see the world and judge it is from Christ. He is my measure and the one who guides my action".

As a conclusion to the analysis of Guardinian thought, Professor José Manuel Fidalgo concluded by recalling that the centrality of Christ, the fullness of revelation, is given because Christ brings us to God, because he himself is God. And it is God whom we need.

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