"Without any understanding of man's deep-seated urge to self-transcend, of his very reluctance to take the hard, ascending way, and his search for some bogus liberation either below or to one side of his personality, we cannot hope to make sense of our own particular period of history or indeed of history in general, of life as it was lived in the past and as it is lived today. For this reason I propose to discuss some of the more common Grace-substitutes, into which and by means of which men and women have tried to escape from the tormenting consciousness of being merely themselves. .... human beings have felt the radical inadequacy of their personal existence, the misery of being their insulated selves and not something else, something wider, something in Wordsworthian phrase, 'far more deeply interfused'." (Aldous
Huxley, "Appendix" from The Devils of Loudun, Penguin Books, 1971, 313f.)

Course: The Holy Spirit in the Gospel of St John

Dr Robert Tilley
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Starts Wednesday Sep 25

John’s Gospel is often styled the ‘sacramental Gospel’ in that it has much to say about baptism and the Eucharist. And yet the odd thing is that this is the only Gospel not to include the words of the institution of the Eucharist, instead it includes an account of Jesus’ promises to the Apostles. Chief among these promises is that of the sending of the Holy Spirit.

But this sending, the Apostles are told, is dependent on Jesus ascending to the Father. Then, when He comes, the Holy Spirit will glorify the ascended Jesus and make Him truly and really present in the Apostolic Church.

A real presence is intimated in John chapter 6 when we are told that to be saved we must eat His flesh and drink His blood. It is a mystery every Mass realises, for it is when the Spirit is called down that the real presence of Our Lord is brought about under the form of the bread and wine.

And there is an even deeper mystery. John’s is the ‘the sacramental Gospel’ by reason of the role of the Holy Spirit, but the deeper mystery is this: for the same reason it is the sacramental Gospel it is also the Gospel of the Holy Trinity. How these things are entwined is what this course sets out to both explain and explore.

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Presenter: Dr Robert Tilley
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington Street, The Rocks, Sydney
When: Three Wednesday mornings, 10am - 12noon, September 25, October 2, 9, 2019
Cost: $120/person (including notes)

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

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

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