"When leaders in various fields ask me for advice, my response is always the same: dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. It is the only way for individuals, families and societies to grow, the only way for the life of peoples to progress, along with the culture of encounter, a culture in which all have something good to give and all can receive something good in return. Others always have something to give me, if we know how to approach them in a spirit of openness and without prejudice. I call this attitude of openness and availability without prejudice, social humility, and it is this that favours dialogue. Only in this way can understanding grow between cultures and religions, mutual esteem without needless preconceptions, respectful of the rights of everyone. Today, either we stand together with the culture of dialogue and encounter, or we all lose, we all lose; from here we can take the right road that makes the journey fruitful and secure." (Pope Francis, Address to leading members of Brazilian society, Saturday July 27 2013, reported online by Official Vatican Network.)

Courses

Course: Go, seek the Kingdom - Pilgrimage & Poetry

Dr Elizabeth Guy
JPilgrimage  Poetry
Starts Tuesday 6 Feb 2018
This course examines the vibrant response of poetry to the experience of pilgrimage. Human beings have been compelled to turn their backs on the comfort of home in order to journey to the sacred. Even Odysseus knew the difficult journey of pilgrimage - fraught with suffering and an intense longing for a distant goal. Paradoxically, pilgrims travel forward in order to reach what the Ancient Greek philosopher Plotinus called that place from which we have come. Why?

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Course: Developing Your Own Spirituality

Unit 1: Mystery & Freedom, Participation & Possibility
JMarieWEB201401JMichael Whelan 2
Starts Wednesday 7 Feb 2018
The aim of this course is to assist participants to develop an approach to everyday living which will promote a well-grounded personal spirituality. Spirituality is first and last about relationships – with God (however you name God), yourself, other people and the events and things of the world. Spirituality is never private though it is always personal. It begins by listening effectively – “with the ear of the heart” as St Benedict says – to what is going on.

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Course: The Poetry of Grace III - Rainer Maria Rilke

The Duino Elegies

JMichaelGriffith

Note revised dates
Starts Weds 8 November

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 – 1926) 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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Course: Film Lectio IV - “Good Will Hunting”

Touch Love in the Search for Identity

JGoodWillHunting

Starts Thursday 14 September
In this film we will reflect on the sources of our unique identity through the story of a young man's struggle to find his place in the world. Will Hunting (Matt Damon) plays the troubled mathematical genius working as a janitor at the University. The movie is a journey through the mind of Will Hunting as he is forced to endure therapy instead of jail. Sean McGuire (Robin Williams) is a brilliant, if unconventional psychologist, who challenges Will to uncover what matters to him most and the unique appreciation he has of the depths of the human soul.

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Relationship Seminar II

JMarieWEB201401JMichael Whelan 2

Starts 26 October 2017
Participants must have completed Seminar I

“Relationship is written into the very nature of human beings. As the Bible sees human beings, you cannot think about them, without recognizing that they are, as it were, made for relationship.” [Aelred Squire, Asking the Fathers, SPCK, 1972, 20]

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Days of Solitude and Silence 2017

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Next Day 11 November (Youth Day)

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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