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For the millions of you who are reading Souls at Work, the FREE STUDY GUIDE is now ready to download. I don’t ask you to do anything I wouldn’t do, so before I made it available, I actually went through and answered every question myself! And that wasn’t an empty exercise. Even after writing the whole book, I got some new insights and perspectives from responding to those juicy questions myself. I would love to hear that you are working on this! Here are all my own responses, so you can know that through this book, you really are (or can be…have you read Chapter 24 – Books??) in conversation with me: Charlotte’s Responses to SAW Study Guide Questions
I created this talk for Benedictine College’s Symposium on the New Evangelization. It’s about the role art can play in helping us realize our ideals of virtue and holiness. I linked G.K. Chesterton, his character Innocent Smith (from Manalive) and St. Francis of Assisi to show how Chesterton wove the things he loved most about St. Francis into his character, and thus drew all that joy and abandonment to God a bit closer to himself and his readers.
Quoting Chesterton’s biography of St. Francis, his own biography and autobiography, Manalive, and Orthodoxy, I moved back and forth between the character and the saint, the ideal and the imaginative realization, to suggest that we need such imaginative bridges to move toward full appropriation of supernatural joy, toward holiness. That art may serve to help us realize ourselves more wholly, more fully without any violation of the art, the ideal, or of our own being suggests that Catholics would do well to enter in to the work of creating stories, poems, paintings, and other works with the goal of becoming saints in the process.