Week 3: The Endless Horizon of Veritas
“What does ‘You are doing the truth’ mean? You do not flatter yourself, you do not fool yourself, you do not praise yourself. You do not say, ‘I am just,’ when in fact your behavior is bad – then you begin to do the truth.” (Commentary on John 12, 13)
November 13, Connelly Center, Cinema, 7pm | Cultural Films series: As It Is in Heaven (Kay Pollak, Sweden 2004) (open to the public)
The Swedish film about a famous conductor who returns to his home town to take over as leader of the church choir tells a touching story about the search for community, truth and redemption. A surprise success, the film has enchanted audiences across the globe.
The film will also screen on November 12, 3:30 and 7pm.
Additionally, from September through April, the Cultured Films series will screen other films related to the theme “Unitas, Caritas, Veritas”.
November 15, Driscoll Auditorium, 7:30pm | St. Augustine Lecture: Catherine Conybeare, initium ut esset: the Creation of Eve (open to the public)
This lecture will dwell on the moment between the creation of Eve and the fall. This moment of indeterminate length – for humans had not yet fallen into time – has been little studied. Yet it is pregnant with extraordinary possibility. Other interpreters of the patristic period failed to exploit this possibility; but it proved an opportunity for Augustine to unleash his theological imagination – and, incidentally, to illustrate a perfect simultaneity of veritas, unitas, and caritas.
November 16, Falvey Library, Room 205, 4:30pm | Gerd Van Riel (St. Augustine Fellow), Augustine’s Truth (open to the public)
Augustine’s understanding of truth is more than a way to check on whether the words correspond to the facts; in fact, it can appear to lack an objective point of reference. This lecture will refer to his theory of the internal word (On the Trinity) as a basis for his method of interpreting the Bible (Confessions XII), thus showing what he means by ‘standing in the truth’ rather than possessing it.
The Festival of Augustinian Imagination on Social Media
Keep an eye out for the Festival of Augustinian Imagination on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.! Throughout the three weeks of the Festival, students are invited to share their experiences of caritas, unitas and veritas through social media. Look for the hashtag #NovaFest175