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Wonderful work! – you would not (or perhaps you would) believe how timely this is. We had a three hour brainstorming session this morning in our office regarding how we can foster the development of and demand for the renewal of sacred art within a Catholic context. Very much related to the content you’ve gathered in this booklet!
Many thanks and warm regards,
That’s a word of praise from Adam Hermanson, Catholic architect, about my booklet 25 Ways to Help an Artist. I’m rearranging where things are hosted, but this is still available. I’d really love comments pursuant to a Second Edition. Please take it free of charge, and let me know what you think. There’s a form below the booklet for comments, or email Speaker@CharlotteOstermann.com.
Do You Suffer from PERS?!?!?
In a recent talk – Home Schooling to Rock the World – I mentioned some symptoms that a person may be suffering from ‘post-Enlightenment reduction syndrome,’ (PERS) or ‘flattening’. This is the atrophy of one’s analogic sense – a reduction in the metaphoric dimension of human being. The problem is a disconnect in the person’s capacity to relate concrete and abstract reality. Its source is the cultural vacuum caused by man’s attempt to believe there is no God. Man without a context for being (In Him I live and move and have being) is like an astronaut untethered from the space ship – dying for lack of a life-supporting atmosphere.
Of course this is a great over-simplification of an enormously complex problem. My hope was to point out to Christians that they, too, may (and probably do) have PERS to some degree. Here are a few ‘flatitudes’ – indicators of a flattened metaphoric dimension, or analogic sense. Each one has an opposite ‘floatitude’ – another way people avoid the tension and turbulence of the territory of freedom.
Sadly, people with far-advance PERS won’t be easily able to recognize these symptoms in themselves. But if we can all get honest about the ways we are compromised by and “conformed to the pattern of this world,” we can grow better able to rescue the perishing together, imho. That’s the world-rocking I’m talking about!!
Since I placed the Flatitudes and Floatitudes in juxtaposition, I can’t seem to recreate that formatting here. Read the PDF and then….
The last paragraph:
I imagine you get the idea: we Catholics have access to and support to move freely in the vast territory of human freedom. ‘We’ can usually see when ‘they’ move from freedom to ‘license,’ but are less aware when we ourselves have moved from ‘free’ toward ‘tame’ under the pressure of PERS. I believe that, if ever we become fully, abundantly free, the enormity of our joy, the magnanimity of our giving, the certainty of our faith, and the expressivity of our love would communicate Christ to the world!
Naturally, I’d love your thoughts on this. Sadly, one of the huge losses due to PERS is the lack of responsivity to ideas…sigh…
They Loved It!
“Charlotte Ostermann gifted participants beyond measure. Not only did she impart incredible wisdom and knowledge regarding the craft of poetry, but she was an awesome guide for those walking the path of becoming a truly expressive human being.”
Laurie Robinson, Founder: Storytellers of the Great Plains
Please join me for a workshop in Wichita:
Playing With Words – Poetry as Practice for Human Being
We’ll have fun and you’ll leave enriched by poetry’s unique perspective for all the rest of the ‘prose’ parts of your life!
Details: June 17, 8-12, Registration & Payment: $35 to Storytellers of the Great Plains, Mail to Barb Orsi, 7217 E. Oxford St., Wichita, KS, 67226…or PayPal: email@example.com…Questions? Barb Orsi: 316-300-0287, Laurie Robinson: 316-284-0223. Bonus: Extended Session option from 1-3 – $10. Workshop Location: 10th Floor, R.H. Garvey Building, 300 W. Douglas in Downtown Wichita. Lots of options nearby for lunch hour on your own.
Link to the whole talk on YouTube, here.
FREE Parent Education Opportunity for Homeschoolers!!
I’m getting ready for the 2017 Conference: Homeschooling to Rock the World and The Intellectual Life. This offer I made for you last year still stands!
I am available to give FREE Parent Education presentations for small groups. Get the pdf here.
(Please just contact me if you’re interested and you don’t see the full details of this offer. Speaker ‘at’ CharlotteOstermann ‘dot’ com)