"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.)

Film Lectio II - Moonstruck

Each human life is a tragicomic story

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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?

Olympia Dukakis gives a particularly memorable performance.

Someone once described comedy as tragedy with timing. It was never more true than of this film.

Presenter: Marie Biddle RSJ MA MTh
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, The Rocks, Sydney
When: Three Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, 13 - 27 June
Repeated: Three Wednesday evenings, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 13 - 27 June
Cost: $30/per person

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