Days of Solitude and Silence 2019
Next Date: Sept 21
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.
Course: The Holy Spirit in the Gospel of St John
Dr Robert Tilley
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.
Course: A View from inside the Royal Commission
Starts Tuesday Oct 15
The Royal Commission and After
Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been described as ‘the most thorough-going and credible report on religious sexual abuse of children ever produced’, and as a gift to the Australian nation and to the churches. Its influence will be felt for a generation. This course looks at the scourge of child sexual abuse in Australia and internationally, what the Royal Commission found and recommended, and the challenges ahead for the church in Australia and internationally.
Course: Film Lectio III - Green Book
Exploring the ongoing road of decision and discovery
Starts Wednesday Oct 16
Green Book is a 2018 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Peter Farrelly. Set in 1962, the film is inspired by the true story of a tour of the Deep South by African American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and Italian American bouncer Frank "Tony Lip" Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) who served as Shirley's driver and bodyguard. The film was written by Farrelly, Brian Hayes Currie and Vallelonga's son, Nick Vallelonga, based on interviews with his father and Shirley, as well as letters his father wrote to his mother.
Course: The Tragedy of Sexual Abuse - Where are we now?
Dr Gerard Webster
Starts Friday Oct 18
“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
It is almost two years since the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse published its findings. We are now faced with the challenges of taking stock of what we have learned. We must now discern how best to respond to the patterns of harm and suffering that have been identified within our Church.
Course: The Poetry of Grace V
Sacred Silence in T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets with a special focus on “Little Gidding”.
Starts Wednesday Nov 6
This four part seminar series will explore the ways in which poetry seeks to express the inexpressible. In T.S. Eliot’s own words from “Burnt Norton” ( the first of the four quartets):
Words move, music moves
Only in time; but that which is only living
Can only die. Words, after speech, reach
Into the silence. Only by the form, the pattern
Can words or music reach
The stillness, as a Chinese jar still
Moves perpetually in its stillness.