"If we take a more living and more Christian perspective we find in ourselves a simple affirmation which is not of ourselves. It simply is. In our being there is a primordial yes that is not our own; it is not at our own disposal; it is not accessible to our inspection and understanding; we do not even fully experience it as real (except in rare and unique ' is something they never advert to at all. It is in fact absolutely unconscious, totally forgotten. Basically, however, my being is not an of Being itself, irrespective of my own choices. "Where do 'I' come in? Simply in uniting the 'yes' of my own freedom with the 'yes' of Being that already is before I have chosen to choose." [Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Image Books, 1968/1989, 266]

FAQ

Do I need to be a Christian to join this course?

All people of good will are welcome at Aquinas. We do recommend that you come as an honest searcher, an adult with a questioning mind.

Do I need to bring anything along to the classes?

Most of the courses and workshops at Aquinas are informal. You might find it useful to bring a notebook and pen to jot down your own reflections and references for further reflection. However if you are studying for the Certificate in Religious Studies course you may wish to take more comprehensive notes for the assignments. Most courses have hand out material supplied.

Do I need to buy any other books to do the courses?

Some courses have a Reader that is produced as an aid which is available for purchase at the beginning of the course. From time to time the presenters my also recommend texts. Normally you will not need to buy any other books.

Are there course fees?

Yes, there are course fees. Aquinas is a not-for-profit adult education centre run by the Marist Fathers. Course fees cover part of the cost for keeping Aquinas going. If a genuine student is unable to afford the course, a donation is accepted. This should be negotiated beforehand.

Do you have a bookstore?

Yes, Aquinas has a small selection of books for sale, both new and used. We are also willing to order in books on request.