Spurred by the Promise of Happiness

The Encounter opens with poetry read by actress Valerie SMALDONE, music performed by pianist Christopher VATH, and a conversation with Christian WIMAN, Poet and Senior Lecturer, Yale Divinity School, and Greg WOLFE, Editor of Image.

"Expectation is the very structure of our nature, it is the essence of our soul. It is not something calculated: it is given. For the promise is at the origin, from the very origin of our creation. He who has made man has also made him as “promise.” Structurally man waits; structurally he is a beggar; structurally life is a promise."

-- Msgr. Luigi Giussani, The Religious Sense, McGill-Queen's University Press, 1997

The Encounter embarks in its 3-day journey exploring this promise that is the essence of our souls.

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