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  Reflection - Dealing with grief and loss

Sep 05, 2019
To mourners it is sometimes said, “Enough of grieving. Now you must let go and get on with life.” This advice, though well-meaning, is usually not helpful.
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  Reflection - Decluttering - Do your spiritual practices bring you joy?

Aug 05, 2019
Like anything, the spiritual life can become stale or predictable, and cease to bring the joy that Jesus came to give (John 10:10).
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  Reflection - I think I met a Prophet

Jul 04, 2019
We don’t want to hear about the downsides of these things especially those that may be damaging our health and well-being - like the chemicals in many everyday products or the possible negative effects of the energy produced by new technologies.
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  Reflection - The road to prayer

Jun 06, 2019
To hear the word “free” made all the difference for me, and, in the resulting atmosphere of mutual freedom, I found that the glass wall was gone and there was a new closeness between God and myself.
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  Reflection - You belong

May 09, 2019
I will remember the image of Andrew Graystone outside a mosque in Manchester holding a sign which said “You are my friends. I will keep watch while you pray”.
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  Reflection - Standing near the cross

Apr 08, 2019
Each of us has stood near the cross at particular moments in our lives. We know this place well.
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  Lenten Reflection - I’m fortunate to have everything that I need here

Mar 15, 2019
After a moment of silence Fr. Paul looked around his small room and responded, “I’m fortunate to have everything that I need here. Think about all those refugees who have to leave their homes and don’t know where they are going.
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  Reflection - Snake-bitten

Mar 12, 2019
Everything is of one piece. Whenever we don’t take that seriously, we pay a price.
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  Reflection - A case of snow breaking ‘the ice’

Feb 01, 2019
Last year in New Zealand the theme for Social Justice Week was “Enabling Communities: Everyone has a part to play”. It placed a special focus on the disabled.
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  Reflection - With Mary in Advent

Nov 26, 2018
Mary is the epitome of the lowly, the marginalised, for whom “there is no room at the inn”.
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  Reflection - Not all wounds bleed

Oct 01, 2018
How is it,” a woman asked at a prayer meeting, “that though I really believe in God and pray to Him every day, my family is coming apart? And my neighbour, who never puts a foot inside the church, has everything going for her?”
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  Reflection - When praying is tough

Sep 01, 2018
How is it,” a woman asked at a prayer meeting, “that though I really believe in God and pray to Him every day, my family is coming apart? And my neighbour, who never puts a foot inside the church, has everything going for her?”
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  Reflection - Needed: Three new saints

Aug 06, 2018
If I had a wish-list for the church today, it would include a request for three saints of old to re-appear in a new guise. What the Church needs today is a new Augustine of Hippo, a new Francis of Assisi, and a new Thomas More.
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  Reflection - Strange things hiding in the shadows

Jul 16, 2018
To be a Christian is to live dangerously, honestly, freely to step in the name of love as if you may land on nothing, yet to keep on stepping because the something that sustains you no empire can give and no empire can take away.
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  Reflection - Mission in fragmentation

Jun 26, 2018
To be a Christian is to live dangerously, honestly, freely to step in the name of love as if you may land on nothing, yet to keep on stepping because the something that sustains you no empire can give and no empire can take away.
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  Reflection - Our Lady Help of Christians - Patron of Australia

May 09, 2018
With maternal love for us, Mary wants what is best for us - she wants Jesus for us, so she urges us, “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5).
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  Reflection - The devil is in the detail

Apr 12, 2018
We are then told in the text that the fish caught that morning numbered 153. Did someone actually count them? A man had been raised to life, an absolutely unprecedented and incredible event, and yet note was taken of the size of the catch.
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  Reflection - The Last Supper

Feb 28, 2018
When this meaning is lost and the Eucharist becomes more of a church ritual than a dynamic call for commitment to community service then we will have empty pews and fewer Christians.
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  Reflection - Close the distance not the gate

Jan 25, 2018
Our mission as disciples of Jesus is not to be gatekeepers. We need instead to work at closing the distance rather than closing the gate.
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  Advent and fishing: both require preparation

Dec 01, 2017
For Ben, this practice of attentive waiting is similar to the spirit we nurture during the Advent season as we wait in joyful hope for the return of Christ in glory at an unexpected moment.
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