"I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: 'Give them something to eat' (Mk 6:37)." (Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (November 2013), #49)

 

Film Lectio II - A Human Search and The New Creation in Christ

JBede Griffiths
Starts 10am Wed May 22
Repeated 6pm Wed May 22

Born into English middle class in 1906 and Oxford educated, Bede Griffiths OSB was a brilliant religious scholar and prolific author. This film tells his story, from his experiment with communal living in the English countryside, to his decision to become a Benedictine brother, and his creation of a meeting place for East and West at an ashram in Southern India. It was there he spent his last 37 years as a Catholic monk living as a Hindu holyman.

He wrote many books widely viewed as spiritual classics, including The Golden String, Return to the Center, A New Vision of Reality, and The Marriage of East and West.

A person of exceptional learning and profound spiritual realization, his influence transcends religious dogma and speaks directly to the spirit. A Human Search is an intimate portrait of one of the greatest mystics and thinkers of the 20th Century.

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

Presenter: Marie Biddle rsj and Michael Whelan SM
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, The Rocks, Sydney
When: 3 Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, May 22, 29 & June 5
Repeated: 3 Wednesday evenings, 6pm - 8pm, May 22, 29 & June 5
Cost: $40/person

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

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