"Without any understanding of man's deep-seated urge to self-transcend, of his very reluctance to take the hard, ascending way, and his search for some bogus liberation either below or to one side of his personality, we cannot hope to make sense of our own particular period of history or indeed of history in general, of life as it was lived in the past and as it is lived today. For this reason I propose to discuss some of the more common Grace-substitutes, into which and by means of which men and women have tried to escape from the tormenting consciousness of being merely themselves. .... human beings have felt the radical inadequacy of their personal existence, the misery of being their insulated selves and not something else, something wider, something in Wordsworthian phrase, 'far more deeply interfused'." (Aldous
Huxley, "Appendix" from The Devils of Loudun, Penguin Books, 1971, 313f.)

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Course: Beyond Hypocrisy – Saving the West from Itself

Winton Higgins PhD
Jwinton01

Starts Tuesday 12 June
Journalist: What do you think of Western civilisation, sir?
Gandhi: I think it would be a good idea.

Week 1: A survey of Western values before World War II, and after it. How well do we Australians honour them? Or: Mind the hypocrisy gap!

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Film Lectio II - Moonstruck

Each human life is a tragicomic story

Jmoonstruck2

Starts Wednesday 13 June
Moonstruck (1987) is directed by Norman Jewison. It stars Cher (as Loretta Castorini), Olympia Dukakis (as Rose, Cher’s mother), Danny Aiello (as Johnny Cammareri, who has proposed to Loretta) and Nicolas Cage (as Johnny’s brother, Ronnie). It is fair to call it a romantic comedy, focusing on New York Italian families. However, in a surprising and beautiful way, it gently probes some of the deeper questions of human existence: what is the relationship between love and romance, sex and death, authenticity and love, culture and identity?

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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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