Course: Thomas Merton
On the 50th anniversary of his death
Starts Tuesday 27 November
Thomas Merton was born in France on January 31, 1915. His mother, Ruth Jenkins, had gone from Long Island to France to study art; his father, Owen Merton, had gone there from New Zealand for the same purpose.
On a return visit to the United States Ruth gave birth to their second child, John Paul, on November 2, 1918. Ruth died there of cancer in October 1921 – not long before Thomas Merton’s 7th birthday. This meant that Thomas Merton spent much of his childhood with relatives or in boarding schools. The father and Thomas returned to France in 1925. Later they were to move to England.
Course: The Poetry of Grace IV
“Words,..., reach / Into the silence” T.S. Eliot Four Quartets
Starts Wednesday 7 November
An exploration of the way poetic language (in poetry, prose, drama and other art forms) can be a means whereby our all-too-human consciousness can transcend its limitations. This seminar will begin with T.S.Eliot’s Four Quartets and will then branch out into the work of other key explorers of the transcendent. These may include poets and novelists: Judith Wright, Rainer Maria Rilke, Gerard Manley Hopkins and David Malouf. These may also include the writings of some of the well known artisans of the sacred: John of the Cross, Meister Eckhart and Bede Griffiths.
Course: Developing Your Own Spirituality, Unit II
Crises & dimensions, thinking & willing
Starts Wednesday 7 November
In Unit I we focused on some general principles underlying the development of a healthy spirituality. In Unit II we will focus more on particular concrete facets of spirituality. Walker Percy, the American essayist, wrote: “It is pilgrims we are, wayfarers on a journey, and not pigs, not angels.” (Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins: Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time Near the End of the World, Avon Books, 1978, 104.)
Pilgrims frequently come to crossroads, choices must be made – sometimes without much knowledge of what the consequences might be. Commitment to the journey is more about departing than arriving. It is more a matter of grace than conquest. This is a hard-won realization.
Course: Romanticism and the Sublime
Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley and Keats
Romanticism (1790 – 1840) was the antithesis of Neo Classicism. It was a movement in art, music and literature that caught the imagination of ground-breaking thinkers and composers. Its swirling shapes, dramatic compositions and bold palette encapsulated the contemporary revolutionary spirit in the Americas and France; moreover its poets in particular responded to this cataclysmic time in history of Napoleonic Wars, Industrial Revolution and British Parliamentary Reform. The Romantic Four - William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy Shelley and John Keats offer us some of the greatest poetry ever written.
Days of Solitude and Silence 2018
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.