"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.)

Mary McAleese at the Sydney Town Hall (September 7 2014)

JMaryMcAleesewithAndrewWestOn Sunday afternoon of September 7 2014 the former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, was the guest of Aquinas Academy and Catalyst for Renewal for the Rosemary Goldie Memorial Lecture in the Sydney Town Hall. It was a memorable occasion! Radion National's Andrew West interviewed Mary and the highlights were replayed on Andrew's Religion and Ethics Report. If you would like to hear those highlights, click here.