"True wisdom, as the fruit of self-examination, dialogue and generous encounter between persons, is not acquired by a mere accumulation of data which eventually leads to overload and confusion, a sort of mental pollution. Real relationships with others, with all the challenges they entail, now tend to be replaced by a type of internet communication which enables us to choose or eliminate relationships at whim, thus giving rise to a new type of contrived emotion which has more to do with devices and displays than with other people and with nature. Today’s media do enable us to communicate and to share our knowledge and affections. Yet at times they also shield us from direct contact with the pain, the fears and the joys of others and the complexity of their personal experiences. For this reason, we should be concerned that, alongside the exciting possibilities offered by these media, a
deep and melancholic dissatisfaction with interpersonal relations, or a harmful sense of isolation, can also arise." (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, #47.)

 

 

Course: The Holy Spirit in the Gospel of St John

Dr Robert Tilley
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Starts Wednesday Sep 25

John’s Gospel is often styled the ‘sacramental Gospel’ in that it has much to say about baptism and the Eucharist. And yet the odd thing is that this is the only Gospel not to include the words of the institution of the Eucharist, instead it includes an account of Jesus’ promises to the Apostles. Chief among these promises is that of the sending of the Holy Spirit.

But this sending, the Apostles are told, is dependent on Jesus ascending to the Father. Then, when He comes, the Holy Spirit will glorify the ascended Jesus and make Him truly and really present in the Apostolic Church.

A real presence is intimated in John chapter 6 when we are told that to be saved we must eat His flesh and drink His blood. It is a mystery every Mass realises, for it is when the Spirit is called down that the real presence of Our Lord is brought about under the form of the bread and wine.

And there is an even deeper mystery. John’s is the ‘the sacramental Gospel’ by reason of the role of the Holy Spirit, but the deeper mystery is this: for the same reason it is the sacramental Gospel it is also the Gospel of the Holy Trinity. How these things are entwined is what this course sets out to both explain and explore.

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Presenter: Dr Robert Tilley
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington Street, The Rocks, Sydney
When: Three Wednesday mornings, 10am - 12noon, September 25, October 2, 9, 2019
Cost: $120/person (including notes)

Nobody will be turned away simply because they cannot afford to pay. Offer a donation if you cannot pay the full registration fee.

For further information please telephone 02 9247 4651 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please register before the course starts so that notes will be available.

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