Autumn - 2017

In this Issue...

While we say goodbye to a person we once were, we also begin a new journey, a new phase of life.

The same old crowd – Ross Jones SJ

The week leading to Easter begins with the account of Palm Sunday where Jesus is caught up in that rather triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The mood of the crowd, at first ecstatic with joy and hope, takes a turn. The Palm Sunday story has long fascinated me – it paints an aspect of human nature that has changed…

Life and loss at Gethsemane Community – Myree Harris RSJ

A seismic event happened in December 2014. Gethsemane Community – an organization in Sydney who offer disability services and support – had been home to four long-term residents with mental illness and other disabilities. On 18 December, just before dinner, we heard an ambulance siren. Robert, one of the Community residents, was due home –…

A search for hope amidst grief- Rosie Hoban

After 27 years in the funeral business, Patsy Healy has come to the fierce belief that death is not the end, but the beginning. She knows how much life and energy goes into dying. She felt grief’s raw and brutal touch when she delivered a stillborn daughter many years ago. She’s journeyed with hundreds, maybe…

Making music with what remains – Chris Gleeson SJ

Readers of the Melbourne Herald Sun might remember the very moving interview journalist Hamish McLachlan conducted with Angie Cunningham over a five-month period. Angie was a young woman who was afflicted in 2012 with a terrible motor neurone disease. She was also a friend of mine, and recently I wrote something on the theme of ‘connection’ which centred around…

‘I am the light of the world’

In this Autumn edition of Madonna, our daily prayers feature a more personal and intimate exploration of the Gospel stories of the Lenten season. Each day, our guest writer delves into the Gospel to find a way out of the darkness that they find themselves in.   It’s a series of reflections that speaks to…

Faith & spirituality in review – Andrew Hamilton SJ

Fr Brendan Byrne, SJ, Freedom in the Spirit: An Ignatian Retreat with Saint Paul, Paulist Press, 2016 ISBN 978 0 8091 4994 0. I confess that I came to Freedom in the Spirit without great enthusiasm. In my prayer and preaching I find more life in the stories and images of the Gospels than in…