It is human nature to obsess, so discerning between obsessions that pull our lives down and passions that lift us up is key to a healthy spiritual life. There is continuum that begins with attraction, moves to passion, then obsession, and can lead even to addiction. The trick is developing insight so we can tell the difference. Welcome to your homework for this month in which we explore our Soul Matter theme of “Desire.” Rev. Bret Lortie speaking.
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In 1417, Poggio Braccolini, Gifted Latinist and scribe, Notary Public and onetime Apostolic Secretary to the then defrocked Pope John XXIII, discovered in the Benedictine Abbey at Fulda, the only surviving Epicurean 7,400 line poem of lyric beauty with philosophic meditations on: religion, pleasure and death, complex theories of the natural work, evolution of the human species, perils and joys of sex, nature and disease. This poem is by Lucretius. We will discuss the poem and Lucretius. The discussion will draw on “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” by Stephen Greenblatt. Discussion Leader: Gordon Mallett
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