"If I cannot listen to the subtle manifestation of rich reality in my environment, I will necessarily try to impose my wilful codes on others. If I am not open to reality and do not obey the voice of reality, a terrible distortion takes place. Sooner or later I will turn the whole relationship around: Instead of listening to reality in people and events, I become convinced that reality in people and events should listen to me."

[Adrian van Kaam, The Art of Existential Counseling, Dimension Books, 1966, 80.]

Film Lectio III - Reflecting with Jean Vanier on St John’s Gospel No 2

JJean Vanier

Starts Wednesday 12 September
Jean Vanier is the founder of L’Arche. He was born in 1928, the son of a former Governor General of Canada and was 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 joined a Christian community foundered 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]

Using recordings on various chapters from John’s Gospel we will reflect with Jean on being drawn into the Mystery of Jesus through seeing beyond looking, the path of peace as God comes to dwell in us.

Presenters: Marie Biddle RSJ MA MTh and Michael Whelan SM PhD
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington Street, The Rocks, Sydney
When: Three Wednesday mornings, 10am - 12noon, 12 - 26 September 2018 
Repeated: Three Wednesday evenings, 6pm - 8pm, 12 - 26 September 2018
Cost: $30/person (including notes)

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