“The Call to Be”
is pleased to announce its next lecture series to be held live in the Crypt at St.Patricks Churchhill, 20 Grosvenor St, The Rocks
The Mystics Pathfinders to the Spiritual;
presented by Sr Patty Andrew
May 4th, 11th, 18th 10am – noon,
cost including notes $90
The first session on Wednesday 4th May 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 Wednesday 11th May 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 Wednesday 18th May 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.