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Jun
24

We stand today...

Fr Greg Boyle SJ, Homeboy Industries Fr Greg Joseph Boyle, SJ, is an American Roman Catholic Jesuit priest who is founder and Director of Homeboy Industries, the world's largest gang-intervention and rehabilitation program, and former Parish Priest of Dolores Mission Church in Los Angeles.  Inflamed by my experience of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and Arrupe Programme, I desired an even deeper knowledge of St Ignatius. While surfing the Net, I fortuitously discovered a Jesuit who, as...
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Jun
11

I have fought the good fight

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Tim 4:7   Stephen Shanthakumar Kathirkamu is a Tamil Asylum Seeker who escaped persecution to seek refuge in Australia. His story is one of innocence, through torture, marriage, refuge, conversion, cancer and death.   This is Stephen’s eulogy, written and spoken by Ms Pam Nair at his funeral on 28 May 2020 in Brisbane, Australia.   EARLY LIFE Shanthakumar was born...
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May
25

A Few Good Wo/Men

… when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst, (saying), Peace be unto you. Jn 20:19   LOCKDOWN Images of the Disciples cowering in lockdown resonate with the Covid-19 experience of isolation. In an instant old certainty had disintegrated into confusion. Fearing detection both them and us construed elaborate schemes to ensure self-preservation. Interestingly, ‘Have no fear’ ‘Do not be afraid’ and...
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May
18

In the age of covid-19, ‘what is truth?’

In the age of covid-19, ‘what is truth?’ Jn 18:38 I am the way and truth and life. …   If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. Jn 14:6-7   GRIEF CYCLE Shock – Denial – Anger – Bargaining – Depression – Acceptance. In the grief cycle of Australian infamy March 2020 will be remembered as the month of shock! Friday 13 th morning TV was riveting. Will they – Wont they...
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May
11

Why is Plan B always Plan B??

 " For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  Jeremiah 29:11     Because Plan A is the ‘go to’ option. Plan A suggests ‘know how’: Plan B smells of suffering and failure. Any sports tragic will tell you why they lost: we had no Plan B! ‘You have to lose one to win one,’ is the truism...
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May
05

Going beyond the information given

Going beyond the information given - Jerome Bruner 1957.   Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him … Lk 24:31.   Sputnik’s 1957 launch into space by the Russians had shattered USA’s technological confidence. Earth’s first artificial satellite not only raised ‘Cold War’ tensions it also triggered the ‘space race.’  John F Kennedy’s response was to invite cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner, to head a presidential scientific advisory board to explore ways of raising USA’s...
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Apr
29

Into the Mystic

"And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white."  Mt 17:2   Family time is precious! When shared in the beauty of New Zealand’s Fiordland, my heart skips upon recalling the joyful presence of our five enraptured children, some 23 years past, on that ‘mystical’ cruise through the stunning Milford Sounds.  As we sailed those blue waters edged by mountainous outcrops soaring into cloud enshrouded peaks,...
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Apr
20

What is essential to my own lived faith?

They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts . Acts 2:46 And where there is change, there is the letting go of the old and the giving birth to the new. Sr. Ilia Delio “Essential:” the escalation / transformation of this word’s significance all but equals that of the unheralded and scene stealing acronym - ‘COVID-19’!! Global Illusions of needs / wants have been shattered. No longer do CEO’s, entrepreneurs,...
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Apr
17

The Risen Christ

  The risen Christ is mistaken as a gardener, a fellow traveller, a fisherman offering advice – the risen Christ seems to look like everyone after the resurrection. Richard Rohr.   As bushfires ravaged the NSW coast last New Year’s Eve, an emergency call beckoned the Bawley Point Rural Fire Service crew and their captain, Charlie Magnusen, to attend a life / death situation on a bush enclosed property. Unbeknown to them, a ‘mini inferno’ like...
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Apr
06

The liberating power of compassion and faith

As a result of the courageous and radical way he lived his life, and the saving love he embodied for all humanity, he threatened the political, social and religious authorities of his day so much that they executed him.   Fr. Richard Leonard SJ. Uncertainty is the new normal. As for the poor, the blind, the lame, the crippled, the lepers … the ones to whom Jesus sought to help and serve, so to for population...
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Apr
01

Where the Hell is God?

"Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"   John 9:2  "Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God's works might be revealed in him.”  9:3 “My disabled daughter’s premature death was not karmic. Let me clarify: in no way did morality contribute to her genetic disease nor death. This funeral celebrates the loving and well lived life of a daughter whose example of compassion enriched...
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Mar
18

Intentions

    I'm just a soul whose intentions are good...   Nina Simone 1964     One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God .   Mt 4:4   ‘Oh, baby - don't you know I'm human,’ sings Nina Simone in her 1964 plea to not be 'misunderstood' .  Surely Nina speaks for us all when she acknowledges that, ‘ sometimes (she) feels a little...
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Feb
25

Least, Lost Lonely

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; Mt 5: 44 Yeah right – you cannot be serious! ‘Because this may be the hardest commandment,’ according to Fr James Martin SJ, one cannot but help emit shock / horror upon each reading of Jesus’ new commandment. Rowan Baxter’s recent incineration of his wife and three children in the family car begs the question of love and compassion towards one whose heinous...
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Feb
19

Coronavirus: Creation unfolding

We know that the whole of creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right through to the present time . Romans 8:22   Louis Pasteur once postulated, “it is in the power of (people) to eradicate infection from earth.” The probability, however, is minuscule. Smallpox (1979) and Rinderpest (2011) are the only two infectious diseases to be eradicated reports Clark Russell in his online 2011 article, “Eradicating Infectious Disease. Can we, and should...
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Feb
10

Aunty Joan Hendriks: Lest we forget

Aunty Joan Hendriks: Lest we forget. 8.1.1936 – 26.1.2020 Blessed are you, when people insult you and persecute you and speak all kinds of evil against you because of me. Mt. 5:11 Tributes, eulogies and commendations have greeted the passing of Aunty Joan Hendriks, a wise and revered Ngugi woman and Quandamooka Elder.  First Nations, religious, political and community leaders of all persuasions have acknowledged her commitment to culture and reconciliation as well as being a friend, teacher...
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Oct
30

Ask and it will be given to you

"  Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Luke’s scriptural quote goes beyond the familiar ‘prayers and thoughts’ refrain because it necessitates actions of seeking and knocking.  St Therese of Avila, a Spanish 16 th  century mystic put it this way: - “Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body...
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Sep
11

Compassion from knowledge

The less knowledge we have of anything the more insignificant it seems. Our hatred of a person often decreases as we learn to know the person better.                                                                                             -Bishop Fulton J Sheen. Indefinite imprisonment in...
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Aug
28

Dingo Man

Pope Francis … delivered a ringing plea to the world and his own Catholic Church to reject … the growing temptation to “demonise” those who are different.  Nov 19, 2016 - Vatican City (RNS)  “Dingo man,” named so because of his two pet dingoes with whom he shared residency in a station wagon parked on the roadside of an Australian rural church, adopted this location because of access to an ablution / shower block and the assumed...
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Aug
07

When God comes calling

‘…knock and the door will be opened to you.   For everyone who asks receives;’   Matthew 7:7-8 It’s 1.00am and a knock at the presbytery door alerts Mt Isa’s 24/7 Parish Priest Fr. Mick Lowcock to the start of a new day. Given the closeness of his bedroom to the front door it probably does not take much knocking to awaken Fr Mick. Nevertheless, given the undoubted workload of his previous day, I guess it...
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Jul
15

Love thy neighbour

Often have I pondered how society could accept the installation of concentration camps in Nazi Germany as a consequence of increasing public racism towards the Jewish population. Rosie Glasser, a Dutch Jew and survivor of the Shoah, described this gradual process of increasing racial intolerance in her biography, “Dancing with the Enemy – My Family’s Holocaust Secret.”  “ Life was restricted in unprecedented ways, and the people who weren’t affected didn’t seem to care. There was...
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