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Pure and Imperfect – Aidan Matthews (S23-04)


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Tutor: Aidan Matthews

Tuesdays: 10.30-12.00 noon

Dates: 24th January – 7th March

Cost: €70 (6 weeks)

Module Ref: S23-04

Mid Term: The Centre will be closed for mid-term break Monday 13th February to Friday 17th February 2023, for St Patrick’s Day and for an Easter break 3rd – 14th April.

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“Perfection is terrible, it cannot have children,” wrote Sylvia Plath, poet and mother. What on earth might she have meant? From Voltaire’s remark that “The perfect is the enemy of the good” to a recent critique – “The perfect is also the enemy of the good enough” – of his famous 18th century observation, what can we learn from literature, as well as from the lectionary, about the whole-hearted practice of imperfection as a key to spiritual sanity?  Perfectionists especially welcome. 

Aidan Matthews: Married with two daughters and three granddaughters, Aidan’s old enough to have served the Latin Mass, but naive enough not to mind the tumult in today’s Church. As a child of the second Vatican council, he and his ageing cohort have been through Christian forms of Captivity and Exodus – and sometimes both at the same time. Schooled for ten years by the Jesuits, and teaching with them for a time, Aidan finished up at Stanford, where he studied the scriptures under René Girard. He worked for forty years as a Religion producer in RTE, and his writings mix fiction (stories, plays, philosophy) and non-fiction (poetry).

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