"It is troubling how many people expect applause, recognition, when they have not even begun to learn an art or craft. Instant success is the order of the day; 'I want it now!' I wonder whether this is not part of our corruption by machines. Machines do things very quickly and outside the natural rhythm of life, and we are indignant if a car doesn't start at the first try. So the few things that we still do, such as cooking (though there are TV dinners!), knitting, gardening, anything at all that cannot be hurried, have a very particular value." (May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude, W W Norton, 1973, 15.)

Courses

Course: Thomas Merton

On the 50th anniversary of his death

JThomas Merton
Starts Tuesday 27 November
Thomas Merton was born in France on January 31, 1915. His mother, Ruth Jenkins, had gone from Long Island to France to study art; his father, Owen Merton, had gone there from New Zealand for the same purpose.

On a return visit to the United States Ruth gave birth to their second child, John Paul, on November 2, 1918. Ruth died there of cancer in October 1921 – not long before Thomas Merton’s 7th birthday. This meant that Thomas Merton spent much of his childhood with relatives or in boarding schools. The father and Thomas returned to France in 1925. Later they were to move to England.

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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.

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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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