Taming Eschatology: The Case of Silja Walter OSB


  • Bernard Łukasz Sawicki The Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm in Roma
  • Chiara Tacchinardi Catholic University of the Sacred Heart



Słowa kluczowe:

Eschatology, Silja Walter, poetry, monasticism, Parousia


This paper examines the eschatological themes in the series of poems, The Dance of Obedience or the Straw Carpet, written by the Benedictine nun Silja Walter (1919–2011) — Sr. Hedwig OSB from the Swiss monastery of Fahr. This series of poems is particu- larly representative for the poet’s work as it combines her monastic experience with her personal poetic reading of the Bible in the spirit of lectio divina. These two sourc- es give the analyzed poetry a particular theological quality, originally combining spiritual and dogmatic elements. Having presented the biographical and monastic context of the set in question, the authors show the form, connections and dynamism of the eschatological themes present in the discussed poetry. In conclusion, referring generally to the entirety of Walter’s work, they show the anthropological value of her approach to eschatology, which, in accordance with the title of the article, can be defined as bringing eschatological themes closer to everyday existential experience. This effect is possible thanks to the original use of poetic language.

Biogramy autorów

Bernard Łukasz Sawicki - The Pontifical Atheneum of St. Anselm in Roma

Bernard Łukasz Sawicki OSB – Benedictine monk of Tyniec Abbey (Cracow), associated professor at the Faculty of Theology of Pontifical Athenaeum Sant’Anselmo in Rome, visiting professor at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology and Pontifical Institute of Spirituality Teresianum in Rome, studied in Warsaw, Cracow and Rome, MA, STh. D. author of books and articles on monasticism, theology and spirituality, especially in the context of art and culture.

Chiara Tacchinardi - Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

Chiara Tacchinardi – Ph.D. in law, lecturer at the Catholic University in Milan, free researcher and translator.


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