THE MIRACLE OF MARCELINO: Pane e Vino (The Boy who Fed the Crucifix), with Michael Conforti, Ph.D.
This fairy tale is the story of a young boy who enters a church for the first time and sees a man — alone, naked, hanging on a cross. The boy’s compassion allows him to see that this man must be hungry, thirsty, and lonely, so he begins to talk to him, feeds him a bowl of pasta, a glass of wine, and longs to bring him comfort.
This is a beautiful and difficult story that tells about how, even when so many of us forget the reality of a living spirit, this young boy reminds us of the ever presence of the numinous, the Psyche, and the divine embedded within the world’s religious and spiritual traditions.
The movie, The Miracle of Marcelino is based on this story.
Here is the link to the movie:
In this lecture we will:
1. Learn to discern the psychological meaning inherent in fairy tales
2. Discuss how Jung’s theory of archetypal dynamics is relevant to the art and expertise of fairy tale analysis
3. From this particular story, understand the relationship and difference between religion and spirituality
4. Learn to appreciate the symbolic meaning of the the child in art and story as symbolic of the emergence of a new personal and collective attitude
Friday, May 14th, 2021
7 pm – 9 pm, EST via Zoom
Dr. Michael Conforti, Ph.D., IAAP, is a Jungian analyst and the Founder and Director of the Assisi Institute. He is a faculty member at the C.G. Jung Institute of New England, the C.G Jung Foundation of New York, and for many years served as a Senior Associate faculty member in the Doctoral and Master’s Programs in Clinical Psychology at Antioch New England. A pioneer in the field of matter-psyche studies, Dr. Conforti is actively investigating the workings of archetypal fields and the relationship between Jungian psychology and the New Sciences. He has presented his work to a wide range of national and international audiences, including the C.G. Jung Institute – Zurich and Jungian organizations in Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, and Venezuela. He is the author of Threshold Experiences: The Archetype of Beginnings (2007) and Field, Form and Fate: Patterns in Mind, Nature and Psyche (2002). His articles have appeared in Psychological Perspectives, San Francisco Jung Library Journal, Roundtable Press, World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution, and Spring Journal, and his books has been translated into Italian, Russian and a soon to be released Spanish edition of his work.
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