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Mercy in the middle-class

helping-hand

WITNESSING ordinary, middle-class people living extraordinary lives through their corporal works of mercy inspires me. In the busyness of meeting mortgage repayments, taking care of family, work commitments, shopping, exercise – it would be easy to see corporal works of mercy as something not fitting with an ordinary 2016 Australian lifestyle. The reason I write about middle-class is because it ... Read More »

When the Doors close – What will you do when the Year of Mercy finishes?

holy door closing

FROM November 20, the Holy Door will close and the extraordinary Year of Mercy will end. I’ll be honest, I have been extremely slack in terms of taking full advantage of this wonderful year.  However, I have finally picked up Pope Francis’ Misericordiae Vultus, the Bull of Indiction of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.  It was a good way to ... Read More »

How to cope with narcissism in the workplace without losing your cool

Narcissism in the workplace

GRANDIOSITY, a lack of empathy and desire for admiration – most of us have endured an experience of people with narcissistic traits.  All of us are somewhere on the narcissism spectrum – in the healthy zone, others advanced, and some in the extreme psychopathy territory.  Narcissism is linked with pride which Augustine tells us: “turns angels into devils”. I am ... Read More »

Does your child need an extracurricular activity? Here are five reasons to consider altar serving

altar servers

ALTAR serving competes against the array of attractive sporting and cultural activities available for our children today. Swimming, soccer and tae kwon do promise the benefits of physical health, teamwork and general wellbeing while rugby, dancing and fishing sell outcomes that have found their way into the deep-set cultural and popular assumptions of our society. What about altar serving?  Others ... Read More »

Gender pay gap: Have Catholic organisations forgotten St John Paul II’s letter to women?

Gender pay gap

RECENTLY I became aware of a woman with two decades of experience at a senior level in industry, who regularly volunteers for a Catholic-based organisation, and has helped raise more than $50,000 for them.  At a networking event the organisation’s chairman jumped tables to say he had “a great opportunity” for her.  This “great opportunity” turned out to be working ... Read More »

Josephites called to be the face of compassion in the world

Being mercy

IT is with gratitude in our hearts, that we the Sisters of St Joseph will celebrate this feast of St Joseph.   It will mark our 150th year of dedicated service to the Church and to our world.  On this day our hearts will be filled with joy as we remember that founding moment of our congregation. In 1891, the 25th ... Read More »

Federal election tip: Govern for the family and the balance follows

“WHEN government is big the people are small.” This statement sums up neatly the state of current politics at almost all levels in the western world.   Governments everywhere have ascribed themselves the honour of fixing all ills, from economic to social to family.   Government responsibility is now literally felt from the cradle to the grave with governments finding ... Read More »

How to talk to a person who is homeless

Speaking to the homeless

RECENTLY I’ve been asked for advice on “talking with homeless people”. As a volunteer and friend to people who are homeless for over 23 years I knew the best person to provide such advice was a homeless person.  On a recent outreach I put the question of “talking with people who are homeless” to a man I will call James ... Read More »

The best thing a dad can do for his kids

Family fun

“PARK Dad?” “No worries mate, let’s go”. “Icy pole Dad?” “No worries, I’ll get one out of the freezer”. “Dom, can you take the rubbish out please?” “Later, I’m tired, I need a break”. It’s a pretty standard set of conversations in my family home.  I have two kids under three and like all parents, want to do anything to ... Read More »

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