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18 Jun 2016 |
In our office, there is a quiet little desk in the corner that is home to piles of books, a coffee cup, and a bespectacled Jesuit called Andy Hamilton SJ. He has a wide circle of friends, many of whom share his passion for writing. When I first met him 12 years ago, I noted that when he frequented events and met with young people, he would open with the line ‘do you like writing?’, and if they answered yes, it would lead to genuine friendship wherein he would mentor and encourage them.
11 Jun 2016 |
I am a huge fan of Flamenco. Wikipedia tells me that it is an art form native to the Spanish regions of Andalucia, Extramadura and Murcia. However, I first witnessed the drama and passion of Flamenco in Barcelona while backpacking around Europe. In an underground basement style theatre with chairs packed around a stage, I fell in love.
27 May 2016 |
I enjoy musing on what a modern day Jesus would look like. Perhaps wearing skinny jeans and sporting a dreadlock or two. I can picture his Facebook profile: dutifully linked to Twitter and Instagram, posting regular snippets of modern day wisdom to his modern day followers, sending friend requests to Pete Fisher, Matty Taxton.
12 May 2016 |
Bowls of lentil stew may not be what many consider the stereotyped Christian dish. There aren’t (as far as I’m aware) any Gospel passages where Jesus tucks into some lentil stew with his latest catch, although assumedly he did at some point.
07 May 2016 |
Lately I pray from my Grandmother’s morning and evening prayer book. One of the lines from my favourite prayer is for a quiet mind and a clean heart. I kneel on a little green elephant cushion (elephants were my Grandma’s favourite animal) with a posture of a straight back and a bowed head, a bit like the posture you adopt in the writing process. First I pray from the heart and then I read a prayer from the book.
04 May 2016 |
In 'Amoris Laetitia: Families – Love and Marriage', Liturgy Coordinator Brendan Nicholls breaks down Amoris Laetita to help readers digest the document and further illuminate its wisdom.
25 Apr 2016 |
There is so much to like about Pope Francis’ journey to Lesbos. There is also so much for us as Australians to be humbled by. He undertook his travel at a time when the people seeking protection on Lesbos began being put into enclosed camps, facing deportation to Turkey and perhaps return to the mortal danger from which they fled.
20 Apr 2016 |
Pope Francis’ latest exhortation has come out just in time for me, as I prepare to be married in June.
While many have focused on the aspects to do with the divorced and remarried, and couples in crisis, I’ve chosen to focus my reading more on what the Pope is saying in the exhortation about our relationship with God and with each other.
09 Apr 2016 |
Easter is that season where ‘Alleluias’ are plenty, where the dazzling figure of a levitating Christ, shows his open but bloodless wounds across churches. And why wouldn’t we celebrate? It is all so bright and joyous! Soon enough we will go back to the tried roads of ordinary time, when we go back to having God in heaven, death below and us wandering somewhere in the middle.
28 Mar 2016 |
‘Do you love me?’ Jesus asked Peter three times, to Peter’s annoyance (John 21: 15- 17).
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