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Fragmentation and MemoryMeditations on Christian Doctrine$
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Karmen MacKendrick

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229499

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229499.001.0001

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Poppies And Rosemary: Love

Poppies And Rosemary: Love

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Fragmentation and Memory

Karmen MacKendrick

Fordham University Press

This chapter takes up the perpetually uncomfortable topic of love, seeking common elements in the theological and interpersonal senses of the term. Jean-Luc Nancy's understanding of love as the renewal rather than the fulfillment of a promise of futurity is read alongside the very curious infolded time of the Eucharist as a manifestation of both love and memory. Together, these lines of thought underlie the argument for the possibility that in and through an act of both memory and mourning, love opens time too, and re-enfolds time and the eternal. The Catechism suggests that if one has managed to keep these commandments to love, then all other commandment keeping will follow. But of course the only reason one would manage to keep them would be if one loved already. This sort of twist is central to this chapter.

Keywords:   love, Jean–Luc Nancy, Eucharist, Catechism, memory

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