"Spiritual formation cannot be forced, only prepared for. Hence its means cannot be those of conquest, but only of facilitation and preparation." [Adrian van Kaam, Studies in Formative Spirituality, I, 2 (1980), 303]

Course: Film Lectio III - Conscience and Commitment in “Silence”


Starts Thursday 17 August
Martin Scorsese's film Silence tells the story of two Jesuit missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) - at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden.
This film is the culmination of Scorsese’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo's 1966 acclaimed novel of the same name to life. A sombre, introspective meditation on faith and resilience, the film makes for demanding viewing.

It is an exploration of the ambiguity of choice and of the depth of commitment – “the struggle for the very essence of faith – stripping away everything else around it” – according to Scorsese. It faces viewers with the choice between compassion and commitment to a ritual of fidelity in the face of the silence of God.

Presenters: Marie Biddle RSJ, MA, MTh & Michael Whelan SM, PhD
When: Three Thursday mornings, 10am - 12noon, 17 - 31 August 2017
Repeated: Three Thursday evenings, 5:30pm - 7:30pm, 17 - 31 August 2017
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington Street, The Rocks, Sydney
Cost: $30 per person, including notes

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