111 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, BARDON.

Aug
13

The true vine

I remember many years ago before I married, I spent some time assisting my friends who were the owners of a property, to start a new vineyard in the prime agricultural country of Poverty Bay, in NZ.  We had a large empty paddock, which was fairl...
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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...
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Jul
30

The art of conversation

St Ignatius of Loyola’s feast day is coming up on the 31 st July and here at Faber we plan to celebrate with some enjoyable conversation over a simple lunch.     In this era of screen communication,  how long is it since you had a...
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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 Minis...
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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 gr...
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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.  ...
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Jun
26

An Empty Pew

I was away from home on Pentecost and decided to celebrate this significant  feast of the ‘birth’ of the Church,  in a country town close to where I was staying.    The town boasted a beautiful Cathedral which ...
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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 be...
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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.  ...
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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 i...
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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 ...
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May
22

What does Resurrection mean?

What does Resurrection mean?  The Dalai Llama once asked this question of a Christian sitting next to him at a John Main Seminar.  This story struck me at the time of hearing about it as I know I would have been startled by such a...
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May
07

Gratitude in Life

Gratitude or thankfulness for everything and everybody I was encouraged a few years ago to be thankful and to realise that ‘God is in all things’. It is easy to thank God for the wonderful things of life. The sunrise and sunset. The warmth the cold. ...
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May
07

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

There was an unexpected journey during these Lenten days. Sensed the need to go! Not knowing what to expect feared for the worst. Arrived by plane – tried to hide feelings of  concern, sadness, overwhelming love. Set out together on the long roa...
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Apr
29

Ask God to Decide Everything

Recently, I undertook an immersion into Ignatian Spirituality at Cova Sant Ignasi, Manresa. A retreat house located in the shadow of the sacred mountains of Montserrat. The brochure promised me the opportunity to study the legacy of Ignatius of Loyol...
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Apr
24

Spiritual Integrity: Inside vs Outside Truth

“ But to become a refugee advocate would split my family, alienate my parents and lose me my best friends !” Such was a participant’s conflicted response at a recent refugee seminar. All will empathise with the self-doubt that floods one’s mind when ...
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Mar
18

Musings from a Country Walk

Set out early, the sky scattered with lacey morning cloud, a gentle, cool breeze gave no hint of the heat that would unfold with the day.  A horse over the fence gave a quiet snort of recognition as I passed by, thought I might listen to mu...
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Feb
05

Burning Bush

There is a “burning bush” in my garden – an ancient callistemon tree which most of the year looks old and tired. But every now and again it bursts into bloom with a profusion of bright red bottle-brush blossoms. These attract the birds to feed on its...
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Feb
05

The USA Border

Central American migrants meet the USA border… What are the issues here? Central Americans are being forced from their homelands for various reasons. They travel all the way to northern Mexico where they meet the USA border. Everything they know tell...
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About Faber

The Faber Centre of Ignatian Spirituality offers a variety of spiritual exercises, spiritual guidance, formation programs and different kinds of retreats.

Our focus is not religious services, but spiritual exercises and spiritual guidance for persons of different religions or of no religion, to develop their freedom and the interiority of their daily human experiences, to discern their beliefs, and for Christian believers to explore their faith in God for a better service of God, through, with, and in Christ.

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111 Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, BARDON, QLD, 4065, Australia.
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