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Oct
15

My Community Values

My Community Values… When I was very young my parents decided to move from war-torn Europe to New Zealand. This meant tearing ourselves away from our large extended family. They thought that in New Zealand we would have a better chance of making good in life. My parents have since died and did give my brothers and I a far better opportunity at life.  While we did not see ourselves as refugees, in a sense that...
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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
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 fairly level. We set about doing a survey to determine the best way to lay out the vineyard. We built a large shed to accommodate the tractor and other machinery. A water pump...
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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
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 satisfying face to face conversation with someone? The sort of conversation that leaves you consoled and energised.  For me, one of the great gifts of Ignatius has been his transformation of an...
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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 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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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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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
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 I had visited a number of years ago.   I set out early on Pentecost morning, wanting to make sure I got a seat, I recalled my last visit to the Cathedral, a few years back, when the pews were packed.   As I...
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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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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 question,  to say nothing of being awe-struck by the illustrious holy man who asked it.   The question not only struck home but stuck as it were, and so every Easter I reflect upon it....
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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. We are all different, so it is right to see that life is good and the space between sunrise and sunset, is equally wonderful for some. Just because we don't...
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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 road home. No music, no joy just the noise of the car wheels turning. So many thoughts, little conversation. Countryside bleak, ravaged by drought, fields and hillsides devoid of life, wheels kept turning. Tried...
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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 Loyola as an inspiration for authentic Christian living and as a means of spiritual formation.  In my time in Spain I came to learn much in regards to spirituality of Ignatius from learned teachers and by visiting...
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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 one is about to adopt a life-defining stance. Consequently, when I initially adopted a pro refugee stance, I could not guess at the extent of un-friending that would occur on my Facebook page. ...
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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 music, but decided instead to be ‘present’ to the morning.   A brown speckled butterfly fluttered past, I reached for my camera, but it was gone.    The sun began to light up the clouds,...
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