Tragedy, Purification and Wonder with Br John-Mary-Jesus Ashfield CSJ, 22 & 23 May 2023

On Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd May the Institute of St John presents *Tragedy, Purification and Wonder*: The Art of Seeking the Divine, in Aristotle’s Poetics with Br John-Mary-Jesus Ashfield CSJ

We will meet at the Carmelite Church, Kensington Church Street at 7pm for 7:30pm

Suggested donation £10 (£5 unwaged)

Light supper and drinks provided

PLEASE RSVP Claire Bruce on if you are coming

When we read a great novel, or watch a powerful film, what is going on in our soul? Is it just entertainment, or does the experience of beauty have a deeper spiritual significance? Aristotle reflected on Greek tragedy in his Poetics and came to the conclusion that watching a drama like that purifies the emotions. What did he mean? What practical implications does that have for the way I enjoy art, and how it can be an important part of my search for meaning and transcendence?

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