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How do we create space for God in our lives? Reflections from Catholics exploring our relationship with God through prayer.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 09:40

In the silence of the heart

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In 2012, Pope Benedict wrote a letter for the World Day of Communications on silence. It was an unusual departure from the tradition of the previous 10 years, which had focused on the changes in digital media platforms and the Internet. 
 
Yet, I give you some of the opening words of the letter Silence and Word: Path of Evangelisation. 
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 09:42

Who am I to judge?

Andy Hamilton SJ
 
If there is one line by which Pope Francis has become famous, it is ‘I do not judge’ or perhaps rather ‘who am I to judge?’. The most famous instance where he used this line was on a plane coming back from World Youth Day in Brazil. Journalists were given open slather to ask him about a range of topics, and he was asked about homosexuality.   
Thursday, 13 August 2015 09:43

Five different kinds of communion

By James Depiazzi

I watched on with fascination recently as an elderly woman in our congregation received five kinds of communion.

The first was from her daughter who brought her to Mass.  The gift of family and the sense of communion that we enjoy with them is often underestimated.  The weekly giving of time and energy in this simple gesture is a sure example of the gift Jesus means us to share.  

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 11:23

Selfies with the Pope

Brendan Nicholls
 
Last week we were fortunate enough to be visited by Pope Francis. Although he was not able to be with us in person, we had a creative substitute in the form of a life size cardboard cut-out. Students were encouraged to ‘meet’ him at various locations around the College during lunchtimes and with supervision take a selfie on their laptop or an iPad from the ILC. 
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 14:40

How to become a saint

By Genevieve Nicoll

I attended a youth leadership forum recently and one of the speakers talked of how we could be saints. This idea seemed extraordinary to me. I wouldn’t put myself and a saint in the same sentence. I've always considered them way out of my league.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 10:20

Being 'love' at work

By Nirmalene Candappa
 
Work culture and morale were crumbling at my work. A new senior manager, while good and kind and approachable initially, had now for various reasons become ambitious, sneaky and untrustworthy. A once collaborative, humble group of staff working towards a common goal of creating safer environments was now being encouraged to seek ambition, to compete against peers, to think of self first.
Monday, 13 July 2015 15:39

Putting the 'e' back in time

By Helen Jacobs
 
The ‘e’ is a mischievous character. Often it disappears unannounced and leaves me scrambling. 
 
“Blasted ‘e’ “ I curse, grieving over not having enough hours in the day to do everything and be everywhere. 
 
“Come back here ‘e,’” I lament, fretting at not being able to get done what I (think I) need to get done.
 
“All I need is  ‘an extra e’”, panicking at the ever-growing to-do list which I’ve taken so long to rack my brain over to write. 
Wednesday, 08 July 2015 13:13

Praying during the royal commission

By Michael McVeigh
 
Last year, I did an interview with Patricia Feenan for Australian Catholics magazine. In her book, Holy Hell, Patricia tells the story of her son Daniel and the years of abuse and suffering he endured at the hands of their parish priest Fr Jim Fletcher. 
 
Daniel was a promising young cricketer, and was elected school captain in primary school and at his Year 7 to 10 secondary school. He had so many opportunities ahead of him, but then his behaviour started to change. It began with disappearances and emotional outbursts as a teenager, and continued with alcohol abuse and a suicide attempt at 19. 
 
Thursday, 02 July 2015 14:35

Laudato Sii or No?

By Bishop Michael Kennedy

Not everyone is happy about what Pope Francis has had to say in Laudato Si', his encyclical letter on the environment. One critic described the document as "a mixture of junk science, junk economics and junk ethics" which, if followed, would prevent the world's poor escaping poverty.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 14:55

When #LoveMakesAWay

By Susan Connelly RSJ
 
Love Makes a Way (depicted on social media with the hashtag #LoveMakesAWay) is an ecumenical group formed in response to the government’s statement to would-be refugees that ‘No Way’ would they ever receive refuge in Australia if they came by boat. 
 
On June 17, ten years to the day since John Howard said that all asylum seeker children would be released from detention, 40 religious leaders from various denominations and from across Australia sat down in protest in Parliament House Canberra, claiming that love would make a way. The lament sung was 'Were you there when our nation turned its face?' 'Were you there when the kids were locked away?' There are still children in asylum detention, over 200 of them.
Thursday, 11 June 2015 11:06

Big and small | pictures of refugees

By Fr Andy Hamilton SJ

Refugee week is a time for looking at big pictures and little pictures. This year the big picture is bleak.  The number of people who flee across land borders to escape war and persecution has grown, especially in the Middle East and in Africa.  They are often escaping from religious persecution, but their flight takes them into the path of international conflict and of the bombs that respect neither religion, nationality nor life itself.

By Natalie Gordon

It probably seems a little unusual to offer a reflection on the Year of Consecrated Life as a woman who doesn’t belong to a religious community or institute.
However, for a long while in my young adult life, religious life was something that I felt called to and deeply desired.

Some days the pull of God’s love on my heartstrings catches me and it’s in those moments that I am obliged to revisit the journey that took me to the convent and then beyond.
I fell in love with the idea of religious life in my early twenties. I had a great Aunt who was a Josephite in regional Australia and even though I never met her, her story seemed interesting and exciting.

One day, whilst praying in the convent chapel next to the school I worked in, the sisters jokingly offered me the ‘tour’ of the convent.

Thursday, 28 May 2015 10:00

Contemplating God's love

By Genevieve Nicoll

I compose blog posts in my head. Words and ideas are given birth deep within and then freed after a bit of pondering. Some of the blogs that I have written are the result of a lightning bolt of inspiration; a seed planted which just kept growing. Some are impatient and do not let go until the last word is written, the last thought expressed. This blog, however, has sat with me for over a month. I think, patiently waiting for me to learn enough to articulate it.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 09:40

On my knees

By Christina Rocha

I have been resenting my knee exercises recently. I know they’re good for me, and as my physiotherapist keeps on reminding me, my knees will not get stronger unless I regularly do my exercises. But I keep on finding other things to do with my spare time other than said knee exercises: sleep, catching up with friends throughout the week, bike riding, hiking, swimming, gardening, reading, crocheting, anything really, other than those blasted knee exercises.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:22

When faith isn't enough

By Frances Morton

Like everyone, I’ve had some hard times in my life. Almost twenty years ago was one of the hardest, when I found out that something pretty bad happened to a close family member. Until then, I suppose I had thought that all things would work together for good in life, as Paul wrote in Romans 8:28. Although I felt very uncomfortable with the idea that God controlled everything (we have free will, after all) I had assumed that if terrible things occurred, there was a higher purpose involved. This was professed by others in my faith community who told anecdotes about God’s tapestry for our lives.

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