"God has left us abandoned in time. God and humanity are like two lovers who have missed their rendezvous. Each is there before the time, but each at a different place, and they wait and wait and wait. He stands motionless, nailed to the spot for the whole of time. She is distraught and impatient. But alas for her if she gets tired and goes away. The crucifixion of Christ is the image of the fixity of God. God is attention without distraction. One must imitate the patience and humility of God." (Simone Weil, "The Fathers Silence" in The Simone Weil Reader, edited by George A Panichas, David McKay Company, 1977, 424-25)

Course: "Take off your Shoes" - The Sanctuary of Conscience

JThomas Ryan SM PhD
  Starts Tuesday 2 March
We often hear the phrase ‘follow your conscience’. But what exactly does the word ‘conscience’ mean? How does ‘follow your conscience’ differ from ‘anything goes?’ How important is the role of ‘conscience’ - in the eyes of the Church and, more importantly, in the eyes of God? How can we understand the ‘primacy of conscience’ and the way it relates to the ‘primacy of truth’?

This four-week seminar is guided by the above questions. The overall approach taken is summed up in the phrase ‘lessons of encouragement’.

This method draws on

a) the Scriptures (people and parables);
b) Church teaching and documents; and
c) stories of conscience at work in the human story that illustrate conscience as a light to the world (and, at times, in the darkness). 

Presenter: Thomas Ryan SM PhD
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, Sydney
When: Four Tuesday mornings, 10am-12noon, 2, 9, 16 & 23 March 2021
Cost: $150 per person (including notes)

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