"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]

Film Lectio I: Reflecting with Jean Vanier on St John’s Gospel

JJean Vanier
Starts Wednesday 7 March
Repeated Thursdays
Jean Vanier is the founder of L’Arche. He was born in 1928, the son of a former Governor General of Canada, and was educated in Canada, England and France. At 13 he entered the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II. At 22, inspired by the Gospel and by the call to work for peace, he resigned his commission as an officer on the aircraft carrier the Magnificient. He later joined a Christian community founded by Fr. Thomas Philippe near Paris, “where we lived simply, learning to pray and work with our hands, studied philosophy and theology, leading to a doctorate in Philosophy on the ethics of Aristotle”.

[Jean Vanier, Man and Woman He Made Them, Sydney, St Paul Publications, 1985, 1]

With the recording on various chapters from John’s Gospel we will reflect with Jean on the spirituality of presence, vulnerability and forgiveness.

Presenters: Marie Biddle RSJ, MA, MTh & Michael Whelan SM, PhD
Where: Aquinas Centre, Level 5, 141 Harrington Street, The Rocks, Sydney
When: 3 Wednesday evenings, 6pm – 8pm , Mar 7 - 21, 2018
Repeated: 3 Thursday mornings, 10am – 12noon, Mar 8 - 21, 2018
Cost: $30/person (notes included)

PLEASE register before the course starts so that notes will be available.

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