"I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. I do not want a Church concerned with being at the centre and then ends by being caught up in a web of obsessions and procedures. If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life. More than by fear of going astray, my hope is that we will be moved by the fear of remaining shut up within structures which give us a false sense of security, within rules which make us harsh judges, within habits which make us feel safe, while at our door people are starving and Jesus does not tire of saying to us: 'Give them something to eat' (Mk 6:37)." (Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (November 2013), #49)


Course: The Mystics - Pathfinders to the Spiritual III

JSr. Patty Andrew
 Sr. Patty Andrew osu 
New dates, starting Tuesday 2 November
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 2020, however it is not necessary to have attended these sessions before taking part in the 2021 series.

The first session on Tuesday 20 July will give a brief introduction to the nature of mysticism. It will then focus on the life and times of the French/Flemish mystic, Marguerite Porete (1248-1310). Sections of the writings recorded in her book, Mirror of Simple Souls, provide insights into her mysticism of pure love and self- abandonment.

The second session which will be held on Tuesday 27 July will explore the writings of the Italian, Franciscan mystic, Bonaventure (1221-1274). He was known in his life time and beyond as “The Devout Teacher.” Centuries later Pope Leo XIII named him as the prince of mystics.  Bonaventure’s major written work, The Soul’s Journey into God, is grounded in the doctrine of the Trinity and reveals his devotion to humanity.

The third session held on Tuesday 3 August will focus on Catherine of Siena (1374-1380). Catherine was an ascetic, mystic and activist. Her public ministry derived its strength and authority from her intense spiritual experiences. She devoted herself to the sick and the poor of Siena and played an active role in the ecclesiastical politics of her day. Her mystical experiences are recorded in her book Dialogo which documents her conversations with God.

The fourth session on Tuesday 10 August will explore the life and mystical symbolism in the writings of Angela Merici (1474-1540). Angela’s small body of writings, contained in her Counsels and Legacies are threaded with images reflective of the mystical tradition. Central to her conviction are the words, “hold fast to tradition but lead a new life.”  Such a balanced and inclusive way of embracing the inevitability of change, is inherently transformative.  

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, 2, 9, 16 & 23 November, 2021
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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