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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. To download the invitation, click here: Spurred by the Promise of Happiness 

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 will embark in its 3-day journey exploring this promise that is the essence of our souls.