What is the meaning of “Quaerere Deum, invenire beatidudinem?” What is the Giskim Project about? And who is responsible? Get your answers here.

When theological disputes rocked the Christian community to which I had belonged for many years, I came up with the most glorious idea to settle some questions I had. I resolved to read the earliest Church Fathers to see how they understood the faith. Well, I shouldn’t have done that if I had wanted to maintain my comfortable spiritual life with its polished edges and neatly sorted theological boxes. The works of the Church Fathers shook me to the core. Their views were so different, so radical, so untamed, and so imbued with an overwhelming desire for true union with the living God that the blazing fire of their love for God set me on fire as well and turned my life upside down.

They showed me a God who does not fit into our systems and boxes, but is a consuming fire that intends to take over our whole being and raise it to himself. To put this God into words is impossible, and it is even more impossible to comprehend him, as Gregory of Nazianzus once put it. We may only approach him in a symbolic manner; we recognize him, so to speak, through signs and images, because his infinite reality is too inexpressible and too unknowable for us finite creatures. 

This is also indicated by the name Giskim, which is Sumerian for “sign,” “signal” and “omen.” (I chose Sumerian, because — among other things — it reminds me that God was there long before his self-revelation in Judaism and Christianity, and, beyond that, will always remain the same unshakable, inexplicable, incomparable God). He is. In eternity.

Twenty-four of these men of God, whose works I have begun to read little by little — from the beginnings of the Church to the early modern period — spoke to me in particular. They went on to become the spiritual fathers of Giskim, from Ignatius of Antioch to Francis de Sales (see more here). My choice for them is subjective. Some great names are missing, some other more unknown ones have stayed with me. 

“Quaerere Deum, invenire Beatidudinem” — seeking God, finding happiness — has become my motto, modeled after the desire of the Fathers for God. This is the message of Giskim I seek to put forth, mainly aimed at a German-speaking audience: Real (and not just imagined) communion with the God of life is the greatest thing we can strive for in our lives.

“Quaerere Deum, invenire beatidudinem.”
“Seeking God, finding happiness.”

The motto of the Giskim Project undergirds all of its publications.

“We must engage with poets, historians, storytellers, in short, with all people who somehow may be of use to us for the sake of the salvation of our souls.”
Basil the Great

“Non nisi te, Domine.”
“None but thee, Lord.”

The greatest desire of Thomas Aquinas has to be the driving force behind the Giskim Project.

My name is René Malgo, married to lovely Wanda, with three magnificent sons and one magnificent daughter, working as a writer, editor, speaker and publisher of the Giskim Project.

If its message, “Quaerere Deum, invenire beatidudinem,” resonates with you, consider supporting the mission of Giskim to the German-speaking world. The Giskim Project is only able to exist thanks to its patrons. You decide (according to God’s grace) if the Giskim Project is worthy to continue and grow.

Apart from the Giskim Tales, all content (including the newsletter) is available for free, so that it also may be of help to those on their way to the God of perfect beatitude who aren’t able to pay anything. Thus, the support of the sponsors of Giskim is vitally important. Due to their contribution the riches of the Holy Scriptures and the Fathers of the Faith presented here can remain accessible to all.

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“Quaerere Deum, invenire beatidudinem,” is the message — to seek God, is to find happiness. How does this work in real life? Is true (and not just imagined) union with God even possible? If yes, what should we do to get there? It’s the Giskim Project’s aim and desire to provide real and helpful answers from the different perspectives of Church, Culture, Life and Fiction.

If you’d like to further the mission of Giskim, consider becoming a patron of the project, and choose the amount with which you want to support it, whether one-time or regularly. 

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The message, the lives and the ethos of the Church Fathers and later Fathers of the Faith electrified me. Their insights proved to be eerily relevant to life today — especially as the days get darker. Their sacramental worldview was magical but not at all detached from reality, their “God-loving” mysticism was infatuating but not at all superstitious. Their writings opened up an exciting new world for me that blew wide open the boundaries of my little spiritual echo chamber. The fullness of divine life, in all its creative diversity, which I discovered in these Fathers, I was eager to share with the world! Thus the Giskim Project was born.

Now, it’s not my intention to rehash what has long been outdated. With this I wouldn’t honor the Fathers of the Faith, many of whom were very open to the scientific knowledge of their time. Where the state of knowledge has grown today, I will by no means turn back the clock. — The Fathers thought ahead, not backward. I seek to do the same. They lived — and in the fullness of life they lived —, with their rough edges, creatively and often eccentric, intense in their feelings, razor-sharp in their thinking, and strong in their character. These are the qualities I want to pass on for today: the fullness of divine life that refuses to be bent by circumstances, the world, or the devil, but that rejoices in the eternal God and his glorious creation.

From the various perspectives of Church, Culture, Life and Fiction, the Giskim Project is concerned with what makes us truly happy in practice, and that is, in a word, holiness.

Holiness lived isn’t just for “clergy-men,” but rather it’s the source and summit of a fulfilling life for ordinary people. Holiness has nothing to do with pious phrases, plain dullards and hypocrites lacking any distinctive image. Quite on the contrary. The life of a truly holy person thrives and blossoms, his profile is unmistakable and unique, and his whole being is free from superficial religiosity and empty chatter. 

This is what I want to achieve, and this is what the Giskim Project, with the help of its twenty-four Fathers, should stand for. Its content is mainly in German, because that’s the language world I move and work in. But from time to time English articles are published as well, and on top of that I provide a regular English newsletter about the newest insights into and from the Giskim Project.

René Malgo
Rheinklingen, November 2021

“He who ascends will never cease to long for what he already knows.”

Gregory of Nyssa’s insight that our unceasing desire for God also means our ever-increasing beatitude is what shapes the Giskim Project.