Course: The Mystics - Pathfinders to the Spiritual II
Sr. Patty Andrew osu
Starts Tuesday 21 July
Four 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 series is a continuation of the work presented in 2019, however it is not necessary to have attended these sessions before taking part in the 2020 series.
Course: Developing Your Own Spirituality, Unit I
Mystery & Freedom, Participation & Possibility
Starts Thursday 6 August
The aim of this course is to assist participants to develop an approach to everyday living which will promote a well-grounded personal spirituality. Spirituality is first and last about relationships – with God (however you name God), yourself, other people and the events and things of the world. Spirituality is never private though it is always personal. It begins by listening effectively – “with the ear of the heart” as St Benedict says – to what is going on.
Course: Writing Your Life II - A Freeing Journey
Catherine Hammond Bs in Ed, MA, MPh
Starts Thursday 3 Sept
Two things will happen with this course. First, through stimulating and fun techniques, you'll find memories coming alive, incidents you've almost forgotten -- funny, moving, significant -- and writing them down will give you a record of your life and times for your children and grandchildren. Second,looking at where you've been, what you've done, what you've felt over the years will bring deep insights, new freedom and growth.
Course: Developing Your Own Spirituality, Unit II
Crises & dimensions, thinking & willing
Starts Thursday 8 October
In Unit I we focused on some general principles underlying the development of a healthy spirituality. In Unit II we will focus more on particular concrete facets of spirituality. Walker Percy, the American essayist, wrote: “It is pilgrims we are, wayfarers on a journey, and not pigs, not angels.” (Walker Percy, Love in the Ruins: Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time Near the End of the World, Avon Books, 1978, 104.)
Pilgrims frequently come to crossroads, choices must be made – sometimes without much knowledge of what the consequences might be. Commitment to the journey is more about departing than arriving. It is more a matter of grace than conquest. This is a hard-won realization.
Course: Thomas Aquinas on Hope
Rev Dr Andrew Murray sm
Starts Tuesday 6 October
In his treatment of the virtues in Summa Theologiae I-II qq. 55-67, Thomas divides them into the intellectual, moral and theological virtues. The theological virtues are faith, hope and charity (see 1 Corinthians 13:13). Although a less agreeable term in English, they are so named because their object is God (Theos), they are infused by God, and they are made known to us by Divine Revelation (q. 62, a. 1).
This course (the second of three in the series)