"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.)



Course: Riding out the Storm

JCatherine Hammond
Catherine Hammond
Starts 10am Tues Mar 5

This course will take an honest look at where we are as Chuch, how we’re affected by the current crisis and what our hopes are for the forthcoming national pastoral council here in Australia. It will concentrate on how people of faith, past and present, women and men, have ridden periods of confusion and corruption and are still doing so.

Our special focus will be on some amazing women, like Catherine of Sienna, Julian of Norwich, and Mary McKillop, as well as courageous men, like Francis of Assisi, John of the Cross and Oscar Romero – people who lived through scandalous times for the Church and society, and found a way through it all for themselves and others.

Contemporary writers like Richard Rohr (“Falling Upward”) and Ron Rolheiser will guide us as we attempt to discover the inner resources each of us has – perhaps waiting to be recognised! – to help us “ride out the storm”.


Nobody will be turned away simply because they cannot afford to pay. Offer a donation if you cannot pay the full registration fee.

Presenter: Catherine Hammond, BS in Ed, MA, MPhil
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, The Rocks, Sydney
When: 4 Tuesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, March 5,12,19, 26
Cost: $150/person 

Catherine Hammond has degrees in education, creative writing and philosophy, has authored several books and has been an editorial manager and free-lance editor. Over the years she has worked very closely with many life-story writers and has watched amazing things happen.

For further information please telephone 02 9247 4651 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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