"God has left us abandoned in time. God and humanity are like two lovers who have missed their rendezvous. Each is there before the time, but each at a different place, and they wait and wait and wait. He stands motionless, nailed to the spot for the whole of time. She is distraught and impatient. But alas for her if she gets tired and goes away. The crucifixion of Christ is the image of the fixity of God. God is attention without distraction. One must imitate the patience and humility of God." (Simone Weil, "The Fathers Silence" in The Simone Weil Reader, edited by George A Panichas, David McKay Company, 1977, 424-25)

Courses

Days of Solitude and Silence 2019

WEB Nazareth 05 
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.

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Course: The Holy Spirit in the Gospel of St John

Dr Robert Tilley
JTrinity Window
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.

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Course: A View from inside the Royal Commission

Stephen Crittenden
JStephen Crittenden
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.

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Course: Film Lectio III - Green Book

Exploring the ongoing road of decision and discovery
JGreenBook 2
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.

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Course: The Tragedy of Sexual Abuse - Where are we now?

Dr Gerard Webster
JDr Gerard Webster 2
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.

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Course: The Poetry of Grace V

Sacred Silence in T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets with a special focus on “Little Gidding”.
JMichaelGriffith
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.

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