"True wisdom, as the fruit of self-examination, dialogue and generous encounter between persons, is not acquired by a mere accumulation of data which eventually leads to overload and confusion, a sort of mental pollution. Real relationships with others, with all the challenges they entail, now tend to be replaced by a type of internet communication which enables us to choose or eliminate relationships at whim, thus giving rise to a new type of contrived emotion which has more to do with devices and displays than with other people and with nature. Today’s media do enable us to communicate and to share our knowledge and affections. Yet at times they also shield us from direct contact with the pain, the fears and the joys of others and the complexity of their personal experiences. For this reason, we should be concerned that, alongside the exciting possibilities offered by these media, a
deep and melancholic dissatisfaction with interpersonal relations, or a harmful sense of isolation, can also arise." (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, #47.)

 

 

Courses

Course: Origen of Alexandria and Scripture

Denis Minns OP
JDenis Minns

Starts Thursday 6 September
Origen of Alexandria (185-254) was the most prolific and most brilliant scriptural scholar of the early Church, and one of its most original and most controversial theologians. This course will explore his understanding of how the scriptures should be interpreted, examine his interpretation of some passages from scripture in detail, and outline some aspects of the theological and spiritual understanding he drew from them.

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Film Lectio III - Reflecting with Jean Vanier on St John’s Gospel No 2

JJean Vanier

Starts Wednesday 12 September
Jean Vanier is the founder of L’Arche. He was born in 1928, the son of a former Governor General of Canada and was was educated in Canada, England and France. At 13 he entered the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. At 22, inspired by the Gospel and by the call to work for peace, he resigned his commission as an officer on the aircraft carrier the Magnificient. He joined a Christian community foundered by Fr. Thomas Philippe near Paris, “where we lived simply, learning to pray and work with our hands, studied philosophy and theology, leading to a doctorate in Philosophy on the ethics of Aristotle”.

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Course: The Poetry of Grace IV

“Words,..., reach / Into the silence” T.S. Eliot Four Quartets
JMichaelGriffith

Starts Wednesday 7 November
An exploration of the way poetic language (in poetry, prose, drama and other art forms) can be a means whereby our all-too-human consciousness can transcend its limitations. This seminar will begin with T.S.Eliot’s Four Quartets and will then branch out into the work of other key explorers of the transcendent. These may include poets and novelists: Judith Wright, Rainer Maria Rilke, Gerard Manley Hopkins and David Malouf. These may also include the writings of some of the well known artisans of the sacred: John of the Cross, Meister Eckhart and Bede Griffiths.

A key question addressed by the seminar series is “What elements in the creative use of language enable the mind to overleap its earthly bounds?"

Presenter: Associate Professor Michael Griffith PhD
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington Street, The Rocks, Sydney
When: Four Wednesday mornings, 10am - 12noon, 7 - 28 November 2018
Cost: $144/person (including notes)

Please register before the course starts so that notes will be available. It helps a lot. 

Course: Developing Your Own Spirituality, Unit II

Crises & dimensions, thinking & willing

JMarieWEB201401JMichael Whelan 2
Starts Wednesday 7 November
In Unit I we focused on some general principles underlying the development of a healthy spirituality. In Unit II we will focus more on particular concrete facets of spirituality. Walker Percy, the American essayist, wrote: “It is pilgrims we are, wayfarers on a journey, and not pigs, not angels.” (Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins: Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time Near the End of the World, Avon Books, 1978, 104.)
Pilgrims frequently come to crossroads, choices must be made – sometimes without much knowledge of what the consequences might be. Commitment to the journey is more about departing than arriving. It is more a matter of grace than conquest. This is a hard-won realization.

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Course: Romanticism and the Sublime

Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley and Keats
JRomanticism

Course postponed
Romanticism (1790 – 1840) was the antithesis of Neo Classicism. It was a movement in art, music and literature that caught the imagination of ground-breaking thinkers and composers. Its swirling shapes, dramatic compositions and bold palette encapsulated the contemporary revolutionary spirit in the Americas and France; moreover its poets in particular responded to this cataclysmic time in history of Napoleonic Wars, Industrial Revolution and British Parliamentary Reform. The Romantic Four - William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Shelley and John Keats offer us some of the greatest poetry ever written.

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Days of Solitude and Silence 2018

WEB Nazareth 05

Next Date: To Be Advised

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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