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Being empty to allow Jesus in

  By  Sr Melissa Dwyer “Your emptiness is but your preparation for being filled.” –  Charles Spurgeon OFTEN we view the notion of emptiness as something negative. There can be a tendency to be uncomfortable with silence, and try to fill it with noise. We fill our free time with activity to avoid sitting with ourselves as we are. And ... Read More »

Where there’s hope there’s life

By Br Brian Grenier FOR 32 years Hugo Gabriel Gryn (1930-96) was a greatly respected rabbi at the West London Synagogue. In his memoirs he relates how in 1944, at the risk of their lives, he and his resourceful father Geza celebrated Chanukah (the Jewish eight-day winter Festival of Lights) amid the unspeakable horrors of Auschwitz. Having fashioned a candlestick ... Read More »

Sr Hilda Scott: Yes, you are reason for the season

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CHRISTMAS is with us again and while a time of undeniable joy, for many that is not the case. As you approach this time how does life look for you? Will this season go by without hearing from someone you most want to hear from? Has the year been such that you will ache for the presence of someone who ... Read More »

Will you give differently this Christmas?

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CHRISTMAS is traditionally a time where we tend to focus on buying gifts, writing Christmas cards and preparing food for a feast spent with loved ones. Yet as I reflect on Christmas 2017, I am challenged to ask myself how this Christmas season is going to be different. What is going to be different in me this year, as I ... Read More »

We’re called to a radical love which goes beyond differences

By Sr Melissa Dwyer I RECENTLY attended the Ignite Youth Conference in Brisbane and in the weeks that have followed I’ve struggled to get one particular song out of my head. I don’t know the words of the verses, or even the entire chorus, but the one phrase that is still ringing in my ears is, “Your love is louder”. ... Read More »

Five-second choices that can change our world

I AM led to believe that Edmund Hillary was within a couple of hundred metres of the summit of Mt Everest when he and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were confronted by a vertical rock wall. Now known as the Hillary Step, the 12-metre wall could have been the last straw. Exhausted, gasping for oxygen, Hillary and Tenzing would later claim that ... Read More »

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