Winter - 2016

In this Issue...

A heart for the poor

The key to a Christian vocation is to find our ‘Kolkata’ and express our solidarity with the poor when we meet them.

We hope this edition of Madonna, ‘A heart for the poor’, brings into relief some of these different questions, and hope that you too might see the ways in which your own heart is moved in the direction of the poor.

A colourful box of hope – Susanah Bishop

In Australian churches, there is a colourful little box that makes its appearance at the start of Lent each year. It’s a small box made of cardboard about six inches tall and three wide, conspicuously present near the hymn books at the back of the church. The boxes usually feature an image of one or…

Of lutes, language, ouds and odes – Margaret Mary Flynn

He stepped through the door of the room I was using for entry interviews. A young man, dark hair, and the oval face, straight nose, strong eyebrows and lustrous dark eyes of Byzantine inheritance. We shook hands. Mehmet, in halting English, outlined his request. He was already half-way through a Diploma in Engineering at the…

Do gooders and justice doers – Peter Hosking SJ

There is a distinction between a do-gooder and a person who lives guided by values of mercy and justice. Do-gooders can be motivated by giving from their surplus and simply offering short-term relief. This often keeps the victim indebted. Justice requires us to stand with those who suffer. In such solidarity we are affected and…