"True wisdom, as the fruit of self-examination, dialogue and generous encounter between persons, is not acquired by a mere accumulation of data which eventually leads to overload and confusion, a sort of mental pollution. Real relationships with others, with all the challenges they entail, now tend to be replaced by a type of internet communication which enables us to choose or eliminate relationships at whim, thus giving rise to a new type of contrived emotion which has more to do with devices and displays than with other people and with nature. Today’s media do enable us to communicate and to share our knowledge and affections. Yet at times they also shield us from direct contact with the pain, the fears and the joys of others and the complexity of their personal experiences. For this reason, we should be concerned that, alongside the exciting possibilities offered by these media, a
deep and melancholic dissatisfaction with interpersonal relations, or a harmful sense of isolation, can also arise." (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, #47.)

 

 

Film Lectio II - Moonstruck

Each human life is a tragicomic story

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Starts Wednesday 13 June
Moonstruck (1987) is directed by Norman Jewison. It stars Cher (as Loretta Castorini), Olympia Dukakis (as Rose, Cher’s mother), Danny Aiello (as Johnny Cammareri, who has proposed to Loretta) and Nicolas Cage (as Johnny’s brother, Ronnie). It is fair to call it a romantic comedy, focusing on New York Italian families. However, in a surprising and beautiful way, it gently probes some of the deeper questions of human existence: what is the relationship between love and romance, sex and death, authenticity and love, culture and identity?

Olympia Dukakis gives a particularly memorable performance.

Someone once described comedy as tragedy with timing. It was never more true than of this film.

Presenter: Marie Biddle RSJ MA MTh
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, The Rocks, Sydney
When: Three Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, 13 - 27 June
Repeated: Three Wednesday evenings, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 13 - 27 June
Cost: $30/per person

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