"The parables of Jesus seek to draw one into the Kingdom, and they challenge us to act and to live from the gift which is experienced therein. But we do not want parables. We want precepts and we want programs. We want good precepts and we want sensible programs. We are frightened by the lonely silences within the parables." [John Dominic Crossan, In Parables - The Challenge of the Historical Jesus, Harper and Row, 1973,82]


Course: Poetry and Art II

Irish Poetry: A Terrible Beauty is Born


Please note: Course cancelled
Well of course poetry is a religion. And it cannot be stopped. Poetry offers ritual and cadence; sacrifice and secrets. Poetry offers a nation state, a place within a place that no longer confers sovereignty upon you. It is sacred and profane and thus it is at once sublime and mighty. It is audacious and disturbing but always – and this applies to the great poetry – yours. Mine. Ours. Of course as a teacher of literature and language I have had to listen to a colleague or two say: why teach poetry?

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Days of Solitude and Silence 2017

WEB Nazareth 05

Next Day 5 August (Open to All)

Aquinas Academy has a place of solitude and silence called "Nazareth". It is situated 75 minutes from the Sydney CBD at Colo.

We organize special days on which we take small groups there for a few hours of solitude and silence.

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Course: Film Lectio III - Conscience and Commitment in “Silence”


Starts Thursday 17 August
Martin Scorsese's film Silence tells the story of two Jesuit missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) - at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden.
This film is the culmination of Scorsese’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo's 1966 acclaimed novel of the same name to life. A sombre, introspective meditation on faith and resilience, the film makes for demanding viewing.

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Course: Writing Your Life II - A Freeing Journey

Catherine Hammond Bs in Ed, MA, MPh
JCatherine Hammond

Starts 6 September 2017
Two things will happen with this course. First, through stimulating and fun techniques, you'll find memories coming alive, incidents you've almost forgotten -- funny, moving, significant -- and writing them down will give you a record of your life and times for your children and grandchildren. Second,looking at where you've been, what you've done, what you've felt over the years will bring deep insights, new freedom and growth.

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The Poetry of Grace III - Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 – 1926)

Associate Professor Michael Griffith PhD


Starts Tuesday 7 November
Rainer Maria Rilke is a poet of and for our times in his unrelenting quest for the truth that might be revealed through the creative process. Deeply inspired by the visual arts (he was secretary for a period of Auguste Rodin), by Russian monasticism (Das Buch vom Monchischen Leben) and by the sacred inhering in the natural world, Rilke was throughout his life a seeker of the truth.

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