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PrayerBlog: The healing touch

04 Feb 2015 | Peta Edmonds

In my prayer today I light a candle and take off my sandles, and the floor of the church feels cold in my socks, like a fishpond. It’s my first day without cigarettes, without sugar and chocolate, without drugs and the world feels like a Persian rug pulled from under my feet. I’m not afraid to admit my powerlessness. I am powerless and afraid. Still it is only through prayer I can admit this, the first steps of a baby.


PrayerBlog: Counting grains of sand

26 Jan 2015 | Andrew Hamilton

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ looks at what we can learn about God and prayer on a summer holiday at the beach. 


PrayerBlog: Psalms: The Great Songbook

05 Nov 2014 | Damian Coleridge

The 150 songs we call the Psalms (meaning accompanied songs) and which in Hebrew are called Tehillim (praises) have an enduring voice. One way or another Jews and Christians of whatever persuasion have always sung the psalms and the variety of their musical settings, through the ages and across cultures, is extraordinary. They’re our great, shared songbook. The 20th Century German theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said that ‘wherever the psalms are abandoned, an incomparable treasure vanishes from the Christian Church. With its recovery will come unsuspected power.’


PrayerBlog: Switching on to God

29 Oct 2014 | Gisselle Lapitan


Religious sisters, brothers and priests continue to bring gifts of reflection and pause to the church in a digital world besieged by distraction and increasing anxiety. My work at Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) has shown me this is tangible ways.


PrayerBlog: Using my religion

24 Oct 2014 | Helen Jacobs

Coming to know God takes time; forming your faith is a journey upon which you encounter many influential people. Who are these characters? What can we learn from them?


PrayerBlog: When I went on retreat

08 Oct 2014 | Christina Rocha

Earlier this year, I went on a silent retreat for a week. It was my first retreat longer than just a few days, and it was my first silent one. What better, I thought, than a week of silence for an introvert?! It would be a perfect opportunity for getting all my discernment done in one go and ‘sorting out’ my life. So it was somewhat of a disappointment that the first thing I heard in all that silence was: Let go of your agenda and of trying to get me to comply.

 


PrayerBlog: To give to the poor

07 Oct 2014 |

In countries like Australia, the United States, New Zealand and Europe, urban centres tend to have their fair share people on street corners, begging for money, food, accommodation, all manner of things. For years, I've struggled with this. There are so many questions that this situation demands. Why? How do people fall through the cracks, how do we respond? Does giving $2 really help or would $50 be better? Will they simply spend the money on alcohol or will they indeed use it to acquire lodgings for the night? What does the Gospel demand of us? What did Jesus and his followers preach?


PrayerBlog: Culture shock meets mission

01 Oct 2014 | Emily Wardeiner

My mission began around two years ago in the remote town of Wadeye in the Northern Territory.


PrayerBlog: Anxiety and Discernment

23 Sep 2014 | Beth Doherty

In making decisions, we face practical questions, spiritual questions, moments of emotion, and various ups and downs which cause us to pause.


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