Tuesday 11 November 2014
WHILE I was reading Edward Sri’s Men, Women and the
Mystery of Love I was twice interrupted by
enthusiastic fans of Sri’s work, telling me that they owned the book, and how
much they had enjoyed it. Now that I have read it, I happily join their number.
In his book, Sri provides an accessible
account of St John Paul II’s lesser known work Love and Responsibility (1960). Written by the young Fr Karol Wojtyla, Love and
Responsibility is a prophetic answer to a modern
world that describes human (read ‘romantic’) relationships in terms of
‘personal pleasure’ and ‘use’.
Writing in post-war Poland, Wojtyla was
vociferous against the ‘dehumanising’ regimes of communism and Nazism. In this
and Responsibility is also a defence of the
dignity of the human person.
It is an amazing book—well worth the read—but often the power of Love and Responsibility is lost by
Wojtyla’s use of complex philosophical language.
Over 12 easy-to-read chapters, Men, Women and the
Mystery of Love is a guide to the main points of