"When leaders in various fields ask me for advice, my response is always the same: dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. It is the only way for individuals, families and societies to grow, the only way for the life of peoples to progress, along with the culture of encounter, a culture in which all have something good to give and all can receive something good in return. Others always have something to give me, if we know how to approach them in a spirit of openness and without prejudice. I call this attitude of openness and availability without prejudice, social humility, and it is this that favours dialogue. Only in this way can understanding grow between cultures and religions, mutual esteem without needless preconceptions, respectful of the rights of everyone. Today, either we stand together with the culture of dialogue and encounter, or we all lose, we all lose; from here we can take the right road that makes the journey fruitful and secure." (Pope Francis, Address to leading members of Brazilian society, Saturday July 27 2013, reported online by Official Vatican Network.)

Original Beauty: The Gospel of John

JMarieWEB201401Over three evenings, Marie Biddle RSJ MA MTh, will use the teachings of Jean Vanier to guide participants in a reflection on John's Gospel at Holy Family Parish, Mennai, NSW.

Evening 1: Tuesday 11 November, 7.30pm - "Being drawn into the mystery of love and joy - to lead us in love" (John 1:1-18)

Evening 2: Tuesday 18 November, 7.30pm - "What are you looking for? - preparing to meet Jesus" (John 1:35-51)

Evening 2: Tuesday 25 November, 7.30pm - "From water to wine - being transformed by love - a wedding feast" (John 2:1-12)

Where? Parish Meeting Room, Holy Family Parish, Anzac Road, Mennai.

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