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Art of Living
May 4, May 11, May 18, & May 25, 2022
A four week reading group through The Art of Living with Catherine Yanko.
The group will meet over Zoom on Wednesday evenings (May 4, May 11, May 18, & May 25, 2022 )from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT.
About the Text
A book of everyday ethics by a man whom Pope St. John Paul II called “one of the great ethicists of the twentieth century,” The Art of Living is Dietrich von Hildebrand’s essential guide to the moral life.
In just over one hundred pages, Dietrich von Hildebrand, with his wife Alice, presents a distinctive view of the virtuous life that begins with reverence, “the mother of all virtues,” and includes chapters on “Faithfulness,” “Goodness,” “Hope,” “The Human Heart,” and many others.
The essays that make up this book began as a popular series of radio lectures in 1930s Germany, and their conversational tone comes through in this new edition, which maintains Alice von Hildebrand’s original translation, and updates this beloved work for a new generation of readers.
The Art of Living promises to provide clarity, hope, and fresh insights for those seeking to live life more fully, faithfully, and beautifully.
The meeting will be conducted live in Zoom. Links for the session will be sent out ahead of time.
To allow for rich discussion, the group is limited in size to a maximum of 20 participants. Once the group is full, additional registrations will be placed on a waitlist.
All participants are expected to have a copy of the text and to come prepared to each session having done the weekly reading (15-45 pages per week). The weekly reading schedule is available below.
Catherine Yanko is a Graduate Fellow of the Hildebrand Project. Currently she is PhD Student at the Catholic University of America where she studies Moral Theology/Ethics. Her main interests are in theological/philosophical anthropology, action and virtue theory, and meta-ethics. She was first introduced to Dietrich von Hildebrand as an undergraduate Student Fellow of the Hildebrand Project; she has continued to study his work, notably in the development of his concept of reverence in her recently presented paper: “Hildebrandian Reverence for the Defects of Christ: A Thomistic Inquiry of the Reception of Christ’s Salvific Act” at the Thomistic Institute’s conference, “Thomas Aquinas and the Crisis of Christology”.
Reading groups are free to attend.
If you are able, we invite you to make a donation to help defray the costs of organizing (reading groups cost the Hildebrand Project ~$900 for a four-week group). We are committed to making reading groups accessible to all; therefore, participation is not contingent on a donation.
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Week 1: Chapter 1
Week 2: Chapter 2 – 4
Week 3: Chapter 5 – 7
Week 4: Chapter 8 – 9
*All from The Art of Living
Suitable for beginner to intermediate: primarily discussion.
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST