Summer - 2016

In this Issue...

Exploring the many pathways to God.

In the eye of the beholder – Andrea Grant

On a recent family holiday to Cape Otway we took a day trip to the iconic 12 Apostles. I’ve visited a few times in my life and never failed to be captivated by their glorious obstinance in the face of the pounding surf. This was the first time that I have been there with my…

An attentive moment – Andrew Hamilton SJ

As a young Jesuit I learned philosophy. Most of it has washed away, but the saying that ‘all that exists is true, good and beautiful’ stayed with me. It seemed then to be the triumph of wishful thinking over experience – think of election campaigns, Hitler and slugs. But lately it has come to mind…

Beauty in defiance – Jemimah McMurray

How does an artist capture the essence of someone like Mother Teresa of Calcutta? Jemimah McMurray talks to Paul Newton, whose painting of the newly canonised saint has been placed on display at Domus Australia in Rome. The light falls softly on the strong woman standing in a hospital dorm. She looks into the distance…

Bridging faiths – Rosie Hoban

Sister Cheryl Camp rsm has never shied away from a challenge. Like many Sisters of Mercy through the decades she has packed up and gone where ever she was needed, no matter how remote, or foreign, the place may be. Whether it was to Papua New Guinea, Pakistan or the Kimberley, Cheryl has embraced each…

Where is God in all this?

A couple of years ago, a group of youths from Belgium were given the opportunity to interview Pope Francis. One of the young people asked him if he ever felt doubt – if he ever looked out at the world, at all the terrible things that were happening, and wondered, ‘Where is God in all…

Faith & spirituality in review – Andrew Hamilton SJ

Gerald O’Collins SJ, Letters to Nevie: Learning from the Scriptures, St Pauls, ISBN 9781910365120 By any measure Gerald O’Collins has been a prolific author in his life as a world-class theologian. In what one believes is his 66th published book, we see the consummate teacher writing a series of beautifully crafted letters to his teenage grandniece, Nevie….

PWPN – The most beautiful moment in the game

My favourite memory of a Victorian football match is of a little rover, legs pumping and bouncing the ball, running down the field, wrong-footing one giant defender and going through another, finishing in the goal square and kicking the winning goal just as the siren sounds. And all of us suddenly on our feet in…