The Paradox of Courage: Desire to Live, Readiness to Die
June 10-14, 2018
“Take the case of courage,” wrote G. K. Chesterton in his book Orthodoxy. “No quality has ever so much addled the brains and tangled the definitions of merely rational sages. Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. ‘He that will lose his life, the same shall save it,’ is not a piece of mysticism for saints and heroes. It is a piece of everyday advice for sailors or mountaineers. It might be printed in an Alpine guide or a drill book. This paradox is the whole principle of courage; even of quite earthly or brutal courage.”
Reading authors including Homer, Plato, Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, George Washington, T. S. Eliot, Romano Guardini, and the writers of Sacred Scripture, the 2018 Wyoming School of Catholic Thought will focus on this great paradox of courage.
No one will deny the need for courage in our day and age. We live in a dangerous and at times frightening world. As Christians, however, we have heard the words of Jesus that Pope St. John Paul II so often repeated: “Be not afraid.” And yet we struggle to be courageous.
Led by Wyoming Catholic College faculty, the school will use philosophy, theology, literature, poetry, film, and the Wyoming outdoors to explore the meaning of courage, the spirituality of courage, and the means God has used and still uses to instill this virtue in His people.
Each day’s activities will include focused lectures, seminar groups, journaling, and panel discussion. After dinner, participants will enjoy films, live music, or leisurely reflections on the day.
A chaplain will be available during the week offering daily Mass, spiritual direction, and confession.
Two afternoons are set aside to enjoy the beauty of the nearby Wind River Mountains. Choose from walking, hiking, fly fishing, horseback riding, and exploring the sights in Lander.
The program fee is $750 per person with some scholarships available. This includes the program, materials, all meals, and activities. Accommodations are in addition to the program fee.
The school will take place in Lander, Wyoming, home of Wyoming Catholic College and gateway to the Wind River Mountains, the Tetons, Yellowstone National Park, and other natural wonders. This allows you to make The Wyoming School of Catholic Thought part of a longer Wyoming vacation. Visit the Wyoming Office of Tourism website for ideas that will help you plan your trip.
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or contact Jim Tonkowich | (307) 335-4468 | firstname.lastname@example.org