Course: Focusing - A way towards more reflective living
Listening to your body can change your life. Aaffien de Vries, Focusing Trainer
Sue Burrell/Merilyn Mayhew
Registration closes 3 April
Starts Tuesday 17 April
Father Michael Whelan and Sister Marie Biddle, in the Aquinas course Developing Your Own Spirituality, say, “Jesus comes to us disguised as our life.” They encourage us to pay attention to what is happening in the present moment, to pause and consider how to respond. They recommend the body-based awareness practice of Focusing as a key way to become present and pay attention to the movement of Spirit in our lives, and to know ourselves and others more intimately.
Course: Living! Not just Coping
A Contemplative Psychology for our Times
Starts Wednesday 2 May
Based on the classic by psychiatrist Gerald May, this course will explore the implications of being willing rather than willful in living life to the full – not just ‘getting by’.
* Willingness: openness to surrender to a reality greater than oneself;
* Willfulness: setting oneself apart from the deepest reality in an attempt to master one’s own destiny.
Illustrating the way a willing attitude can change one’s whole outlook, we’ll turn to some outstanding women and men to see how they approached challenges and dark periods in their lives:
Course: Pope Francis and the Primacy of Mercy
A Biblical Defence of Amoris Laetitia
Starts Wednesday 7 March
Much controversy has followed on from Pope Francis’ Post Synodal Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, and that especially so in respect of chapter 8. Among other things, allegations of apostasy, heresy, even of an illegitimate papacy have been cast around. At root, the arguments and issues devolve upon how it is mercy is to inform and shape the Church’s understanding of the means of grace. This series of talks argues that Francis’ deployment of mercy is very much in accord with the ways in which Jesus and St Paul interpret the Scriptures.
Film Lectio I: Reflecting with Jean Vanier on St John’s Gospel
Starts Wednesday 7 March
Jean Vanier is the founder of L’Arche. He was born in 1928, the son of a former Governor General of Canada, and 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 later joined a Christian community founded 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”.
Days of Solitude and Silence 2018
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.