Winter - 2017

In this Issue...

Busy lives restless hearts. May you walk peacefully with the Lord in busy-ness and quiet.

Busy lives meet emotional hearts – Clare Deignan

Dear Charlotte, When I was in Year Two, my teacher Mrs Newhard taught my class that we could meet with Jesus in our hearts at anytime, anywhere. My seven-year-old mind imagined meeting Jesus in a deep red room shaped as a heart.  In my mind, it had heavy curtains and a velvet couch, similar to…

Sundays in the City – Peta Yowie

I’ve been attending church a lot lately — but it’s what happens after that has been changing me. In church I don’t put much in the collection bowl, often just a gold coin. But when I walk the city streets later, that’s when I give.  I guess I’ve got to learn to take what I give, which…

Arms wide open – Michael McGirr

Not every painting needs to be famous. On my desk at work is an image that two dear friends brought back from Brazil when they went there for World Youth Day a few years ago. I can’t even tell you who the artist is: the work is signed simply Marcelo.  My friends found this man…

Finding stillness by the river – Michele Gierck

If I had to name one place that I’ve long loved, a place that settles my soul, it’s down by the river. As children we loved prancing along the banks of the Yarra, splashing about in its refreshing waters on hot summer days. Decades now separate me from that era, but adulthood has never diminished the…

Busy lives, restless hearts

It’s always a joy to meet and chat with readers as they share with me how much Madonna means to them. I hope you will enjoy this edition, inviting us to consider our busy lives and restless hearts.  Life and time race past, and we get out of touch with what really matters, too rushed…

Faith & Spirituality In Review: Andrew Hamilton SJ

The story of Jesuit ventures at Sevenhill described in this richly informative and illustrated book (The Vine and the Branches: the fruits of the Sevenhill Mission) is one of ambition constantly clawing at the edge of possibility. The title is ambiguous, with its reference both to viniculture and to the mission — apparently disparate things…