"The parables of Jesus seek to draw one into the Kingdom, and they challenge us to act and to live from the gift which is experienced therein. But we do not want parables. We want precepts and we want programs. We want good precepts and we want sensible programs. We are frightened by the lonely silences within the parables." [John Dominic Crossan, In Parables - The Challenge of the Historical Jesus, Harper and Row, 1973,82]


Course: Reading Graciously - Mercy and the Heart in St Paul and Pope Francis

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        Dr Robert Tilley

The opposition to Jesus by the religious authorities of the day tended to revolve around how sacred Scripture, in particular the Law, was to be read and applied. Jesus summed up his approach when he said, quoting the prophet Hosea, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” (Matthew 9:13/Hosea 6:6).

But what did he mean by this? In a sense the whole history of the Church is the Holy Spirit giving us the answer to this question.

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Course: Development, Social Justice and Globalisation - An Experiential and Reflective Approach

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This course aims to more than introduce concepts but to attune participants to the trends and concepts of development and globalisation in conflict with social justice and the dignity of the individual person.

The study of dealing with such issues is usually a complex and many times a drudgery of complex concepts, theories and models. However, the most famous authority of the common man in the 19th Century, Henry George, said:

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Course: Dealing with Addictions - Introduction to the Twelve Steps Program


“A.A.’s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole. .... Many people, nonalcoholics, report that as a result of the practice of A.A.’s Twelve Steps, they have been able to meet other difficulties of life. They think that the Twelve Steps can mean more than sobriety for problem drinkers. They see in them a way to happy and effective living for many, alcoholic or not” (Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, 15-16).

Anything that promotes obsessive or compulsive behaviours may be regarded as addictive – work, exercise, prescription drugs, sex, pornography, shopping etc. Ours is an addictive society.

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Days of Solitude and Silence 2018

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Next Date: To Be Advised

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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