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N. Steinhardt - Words of faith under the sign of courage
N. Steinhardt was a constant supporter of courage as an essential character trait and in many of his works – journalism, literary criticism, memoirs, interviews and religious sermons – he demonstrated a clear propensity for this human quality. Courage was a leitmotif of Steinhardt’s creations, an aspect that becomes evident through his works in which he advocated for the courage to act, to express one’s opinion, to take a stand against injustice, to persevere, to be loyal and not to betray, to pave new paths. However, the essence of this preoccupation culminates with the detailed analysis of courage from a religious perspective in the sermons given by N. Steinhardt during his monastic life at the “St. Ana” Monastery in Rohia. In the book “ Dăruind vei dobândi. Cuvinte de credinţă,” the theme of courage is extracted with surgical precision from various pericopes or biblical fragments, an aspect that sheds light on N. Steinhardt’s hermeneutic qualities. The fact that he “practiced” courage, not just verbalized it, is revealed by the years spent in prison in the name of friendship and devotion to C. Noica and the other members of the Noica-Pillat group, by his subversive writings during the communist years, and by the testimonies of his friends and those who knew him.The work “ Dăruind vei dobândi “ is one of the few theological works that gives special attention to this Christian virtue – courage – and represents an existential guidebook based on Christian precepts and models. The call to courage is outlined both scripturally and theoretically, through all selected verses and examples from the Gospels, as well as practically, by assuming, during the sermons given at the Rohia Monastery, the courage of expressing his opinion, urging vigilance, critical thinking and resistance against all types of abuse. He always emphasized the idea of freedom, dignity, and the common good, despite the fact that assuming these values was a real rebellious attitude during the communist years.