"Spiritual formation cannot be forced, only prepared for. Hence its means cannot be those of conquest, but only of facilitation and preparation." [Adrian van Kaam, Studies in Formative Spirituality, I, 2 (1980), 303]

Course: The Mystics - Pathfinders to the Spiritual

JSr. Patty Andrew
Sr. Patty Andrew osu 
Starts 10am Tue Sept 3

Three sessions will be presented by Sr. Patty Andrew osu, featuring several men and women from the Christian mystical tradition who have illuminated the mystical path for those seeking a heart understanding of the divine.

The first session will offer a brief introduction to the nature of mysticism. It will then explore the mystical heart of Francis of Assisi and his desire to be continuously in the presence of the crucified one. Following this we will visit the mystical writings of Hildergard of Bingen and enter these through her frequently used Latin word “Viriditas.” Such a word for Hildergard conveys vitality, fecundity, fruitfulness, verdure, abundance and growth.

The second session will explore the two great Spanish mystics – Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. The session on Teresa will focus on her favourite metaphor of water as she describes what union with God is like. John of the Cross will be encountered through his Spiritual Canticle. Drawing on all the beauty of creation John leads us through mountains and valleys to experience the landscapes of the heart.

The third session will focus on a celebrated mystic of the 20th Century – Teilhard de Chardin. As well as exploring relevant sections of Teilhard’s writings, there will be an introduction to the work of Beatrice Bruteau and Ilia Delio. These two contemporary scholars have developed the mystical insights first articulated by Teilhard and offer us an understanding of mysticism that speaks to the insights of a scientific age.

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

Presenter: Sr. Patty Andrew osu
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, The Rocks, Sydney
When: 4 Tuesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, September 3, 10, 17
Cost: $150/person

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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