Reflections

Take stock.Take Charge

Take stock.Take Charge

Volume 18, Issue 23

In the reflective mode that I find myself adopting more and more these days, it has come home to me how easy it is for the events of life to dictate to us, rather than us to them, as I believe it ought to be. So, the schedule of events that we have traditionally laid out for us each year can be slavishly followed without our taking the time to consciously relate it to our lives, put our own impact on it and to turn it to some good purpose.

Caroline Chisholm - advocate for women and prophet of the laity

ImageVolume 18, Issue 22

This is the second of a two-part series on Caroline Chisholm in the lead up to the bicentenary of her birth on 30 May 1808. 

Discerning God’s Will
From a young age Caroline Chisholm was aware of a call to serve others. When Archibald Chisholm proposed marriage she initially refused him for fear that her call would make her an unsuitable wife for an officer and an inadequate mother. She was ever ready to respond to the needs of those around her, from visiting the elderly in her village in the north of England to establishing a school for the daughters of poor soldiers while she was a young officer’s wife in Madras.

Making meaning of Medjugorje

Volume 18, Issue 22

In an earlier Perspective, in which I explained the reasons for making a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, the Marian centre in Bosnia Herzegovina, I promised to report back to you about that place on our return. Now that the latter has been achieved, I’m ready to provide you with my frank comments about what I experienced in the company of a group of fellow pilgrims organised for us from London by Medjugorje Peace Tours.

Caroline Chisholm - the emigrants' friend

ImageKairos: Volume 18, Issue 21

2008 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Caroline Chisholm on 30 May 1808. There is no doubt that Caroline Chisholm is one of Australia’s most significant pioneers. What is less well known is the explicitly Christian motivation for her work. Chisholm felt that she had been chosen and gifted by God for the specific purpose of caring for immigrants.

Our Jewish/Christian heritage

Volume 18, Issue 21

I suppose it is due to my advanced years, but I often find myself looking backwards these days to the people and events that have shaped my life. This process has provided recollections in abundance, but every so often one particular issue stands out that provides me with much food for thought.

Usually it is some current event that triggers-off the recall of a past event or a string of associated reminiscences. This finds me reliving with appreciation and gratitude such treasures from the past, and I’d like to share one with you now.
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