"If we take a more living and more Christian perspective we find in ourselves a simple affirmation which is not of ourselves. It simply is. In our being there is a primordial yes that is not our own; it is not at our own disposal; it is not accessible to our inspection and understanding; we do not even fully experience it as real (except in rare and unique ' is something they never advert to at all. It is in fact absolutely unconscious, totally forgotten. Basically, however, my being is not an of Being itself, irrespective of my own choices. "Where do 'I' come in? Simply in uniting the 'yes' of my own freedom with the 'yes' of Being that already is before I have chosen to choose." [Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Image Books, 1968/1989, 266]

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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