111 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, BARDON.

Jul
24

A walk through the Daintree

Mary Robson recalls her recent “Tropical Wilderness Retreat” experience, a six day walking retreat based in Cairns, Far North Queensland - an initiative of our Melbourne partner Campion Centre of Ignatian Spirituality, ‘Being with God in Nature Ministry’ run by Peter Saunders. If interested in this style of retreat please contact us. A walk through the Daintree A smoking ceremony preceded our introduction to the Daintree Forest.  As I walked around the smoking fire on the Kuku...
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Jun
26

The joy of rain

I woke up this morning to the comforting sound of steady rain drumming on the roof. In the darkness of pre-dawn I feel a sense of being safe and secure, my body curled up and cosy. It’s a primal womb-like experience. I relish the feeling.  Perhaps it is some distant primal memory of mother love and nurturing.  An adolescent memory drifts into consciousness. Staying in spartan mountain huts and waking up to a seriously rainy day meant...
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Jun
17

The compassionate touch

Picture yourself in the shoes of this refugee advocate sitting 30cm from the haunted eyes, furrowed brow and prematurely aged human who is younger than the advocate's youngest child. When face to face with an emotionless young adult, mentally becalmed by a cocktail of sedative pills and physically scarred from repetitive self-harming as a consequence of 6 years of indefinite detention, how does one respond to repeated questions about life’s purpose and meaning? Honestly, what would you say?  All...
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Jun
12

The waves, rocks and a great cormorant

I sit on the rocks while the great cormorant perches like a statue on the cliff, drying its wings in the sun, surveying the expanse of ocean. Sunbeams dance and sparkle on moving waters, a gentle haze of sea spray is carried in the breeze.  The waves break over the rocks creating an endless low rumble as rocks are rolled back and forth, back and forth and so on and so on . . . . ....
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Jun
05

Service without power

“ If you haven’t made it by 35, you never will ” “ Always aim for the top ” The intended message of the above career advice suggests that better outcomes can be achieved through ‘power over’ than the significance of ‘service to,'. How contradictory is the request of Jesus, “not to worry about (one’s) life, what (one) will eat…” Lk 12:22. Imagine the looks of family and friends, the disdain of professional colleagues and the...
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May
29

We are Creatures not Machines

It is so easy to feel shame at little things that happen to unravel our cool, our clumsiness or flustering or worse. Loss of control of things in our lives can do this.Sometimes when I am being my most civilised and efficient my very humanness seems to trip me up.  The other day I caught a bus to the Cultural Centre for an evening at the art gallery. Wearing nice clothes and shoes I wandered in...
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