Reflections

Playfulness and joy: Adapting to life in lockdown Playfulness and joy: Adapting to life in lockdown

Playfulness and joy: Adapting to life in lockdown

Friday 7 August 2020

Fr Nathan Rawlins
 
The 8-hour movement fought for “8 hours of Work, 8 hours of Rest, 8 hours of Recreation”. I have a feeling that in 2020, perhaps it is the last one we have forgotten about? It is difficult to get away from reminders to work and rest- we have diaries and calendars riddled with Zoom Meetings and watches that track our sleep- but do we ensure we take time for recreation? Do we take time, set aside blocks of time in our diary, for play? 

Mary MacKillop’s compassionate heart

Tuesday 5 August 2020

Communications Office

On 8 August we celebrate the feast day of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Australia’s first saint. Mary grew up in the new colony of Melbourne and was very aware of the hardships and difficulties endured by the poor. She witnessed the needs of the society of her time and tried to address them. Mary was both an educator and a social worker and as a result of her dedication and commitment, orphanages and homes for the destitute were established. We remember at this time Mary MacKillop, the woman who gave of her whole self in order to serve God and others, even before her sainthood was officially bestowed. Here are just some of the ways that Mary MacKillop helped her community.

Ten Hail Marys for vocations

Tuesday 4 August 2020

Fr Denis Stanley 
 
We are encouraged to pray for vocations. We are invited to pray that many will be inspired to be open to mystery of their vocation story, to trust the voice of the Lord breaking into their lives and to listen to any encouraging voice helping them to ponder the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood. But is that all? And when we pray for vocations, what are we praying for? Fr Denis Staley explores the mystery of what a call from God to serve his people means. 

The Transfiguration of Jesus

Tuesday 4 August 2020

Andrew Hamilton 

In the Catholic Church the two major feasts of August are the Transfiguration of Jesus and the Assumption of Mary. They are feasts of light, of celebrating a life and world transformed. In the secular calendar, August is also bookended by two days of commemoration: the anniversary of the dropping of the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima on the same day as the Feast of the Transfiguration and the International Day against Nuclear Tests. These evoke a brief and terrible light followed by darkness, death and silence. Together, all four commemorations invite us to ask by what light we wish to guide our lives as human beings, as Catholics and as citizens of the world.
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