"It is troubling how many people expect applause, recognition, when they have not even begun to learn an art or craft. Instant success is the order of the day; 'I want it now!' I wonder whether this is not part of our corruption by machines. Machines do things very quickly and outside the natural rhythm of life, and we are indignant if a car doesn't start at the first try. So the few things that we still do, such as cooking (though there are TV dinners!), knitting, gardening, anything at all that cannot be hurried, have a very particular value." (May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude, W W Norton, 1973, 15.)

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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