Join us as we set about a most noble task - focussing our whole attention on Jesus Christ. Let yourselves be swept up in awe and love for Him who took on our human nature to redeem us.

O eternal, infinite Good! O mad lover! And you have need of your creature? It seems so to me, for you act as if you could not live without her, in spite of the fact that you are Life itself, and everything has life from you and nothing can have life without you. Why then are you so mad? Because you have fallen in love with what you have made! You are pleased and delighted over her within yourself, as if you were drunk with desire for her salvation. She runs away from you and you go looking for her. She strays and you draw closer to her. You clothed yourself in our humanity, and nearer than that you could not have come.

–Catherine of Siena, The Dialogue

Course Outline

Wednesdays, 1pm

This course will run simultaneously on various campuses, streamed live from the JPII House classroom at 169 Grattan St, Carlton.

University of Melbourne: JPII House classroom

Monash University: Conference room, religious centre

Deakin Burwood: Catholic Chaplaincy room

Weeks Topic Questions
Session One - Wed March 8 Why Did God Become Human? Was it really necessary?
Session Two - Wed March 15 What is the Hypostatic Union? How are Divinity and Humanity united in Him? Is Jesus Christ 'One' or 'Two'?
Session Three - Wed March 22 Divine and Human Knowledge in Jesus Christ. Did Jesus Christ have Divine knowledge? Did He really learn anything in a human way?
Session Four - Wed March 29 Divine and Human Wills in Jesus Christ Was Jesus Christ all powerful? How do we understand His words "Thy Will be Done" in Gethsemane?
Session Five - Wed April 5 The Defects of Human Nature Assumed by Christ How did Jesus share in our human sufferings?
Session Six - Wed April 19 One Person, Two Natures, Substantial Unity: The Road to Chalcedon. Learning from the mistakes of the Gnostics, Arius, Eutyches, Nestorius, etc
Session Seven - Wed May 3 The Prayer and Priesthood of Christ Why did Jesus Pray? Sharing in the Priesthood of Jesus Christ

Course Facilitator

Sr Mary Helen OP

Sister Mary Helen, OP is a religious sister from the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia. Growing up in Melbourne, she studied Chemical Engineering and Science at Monash University before going on to further studies abroad in Moral Theology and Education. Sister Mary Helen has joyfully witnessed the transformation that happens when students take time to step into the luminous intellectual, moral and spiritual world of Aquinas. She is very excited to open this world to you.

You can contact her at: smaryhelen.​hill@​cam.​org.​au

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