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PrayerBlog: Joy in a World of Grey

27 Apr 2017 | Mia Nicholls

The world is full of bad news. Trump’s policies of hate; Brexit’s divisiveness in the UK, the reduction of the rights of vulnerable women in Russia; the continuing devastation in Syria; Australia’s current refugee policy and even the unwelcoming nature of some of our parishes, have made me shocked, angry and sad.


PrayerBlog: My pet loves and hates

19 Apr 2017 | Peta Yowie

Whenever I hear the fireworks, I don’t think of celebration, for it sounds like someone’s bombing the hell out of us, and I think of all those in war torn countries. On New Year’s Eve it doesn’t sound like the end of the year, it sounds like World War 3.


PrayerBlog: Denial

12 Apr 2017 | Peter Evans

A poem reflecting on the three times Peter denies Jesus on Good Friday.


PrayerBlog: Lent and pilgrimage

23 Mar 2017 | Peter Hosking, SJ

Lent is a time of preparation. It should not be all gloomy but rather a time to reach out for God in new ways. In some ways it is a type of pilgrimage.


PrayerBlog: The Gift of Happiness

19 Mar 2017 | Andrew Hamilton

The International Day of Happiness is a quirky celebration.  Most international days celebrate groups of people – women, children, journalists, refugees etc. Or they point to quite specific qualities that we need in order to flourish:  mental and physical health, peace, asylum etc. They encourage us to be attentive to particular groups of people who are impeded from flourishing as human beings, and to act to ensure that society provides for their needs.


PrayerBlog: Be bold for change

06 Mar 2017 | Rachel McLoughlin IBVM

One of my heroes is at the heart of the Church; Mary Magdalene, recently justly reinstated as 'Apostle to the apostles'. On International Women's Day, we connect with her courageous witness and declaration ‘I have seen the Lord’. 


PrayerBlog: From Cape to Cake

01 Mar 2017 | Paul White

A reflection on the Aussie Camino in honour of St Mary MacKillop


PrayerBlog: Sundays in the City

22 Feb 2017 | Peta Yowie

I've been attending church a lot lately, but it's what happens after that has been changing me. In church I don't put much in the collection bowl, often just a gold coin, but when I walk the city streets later, that's when I give.


PrayerBlog: Reconciliation balances guilt and hope

12 Feb 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Before the Apology to the Stolen Generations on 13 February 2008, many people canvassed the relative merits of symbolic reconciliation and practical reconciliation. Practical actions that will bear fruit demand listening with a humility born out of awareness of a destructive history, and taking time to listen and to build reconciliation, not simply to implement a policy. 


PrayerBlog: A light rises in the darkness for the upright

05 Feb 2017 | Fr Frank Brennan SJ

There is plenty of darkness ahead for our Church in the weeks ahead with the Royal Commission’s hearings into the Catholic Church. I think we need to reflect on these stark realities in the light of the scriptures. And this can be done only by holding the victims clearly in focus, not as statistics or as hard cases, but as individuals, erstwhile vulnerable members of our church community, citizens able to walk tall again because they have been heard, believed and affirmed.


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