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    The courage of faith – Gillian Bouras

    03 June 2018

    The chasms of experience that divide us can be bridged with an open mind, reflection and appreciation of those differences.

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    The wisdom to be ordinary – Clare Deignan

    Clare Deignan. 03 June 2018

    'Each night your father and I pray for wisdom for you both' – a letter to Charlotte and Ella

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    Take courage. Do not be afraid!

    03 June 2018

    Be strong in the Lord, for courage comes in many forms.

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    Peace I leave you, my peace I give you

    Margaret-Mary Flynn. 01 March 2018

    As Autumn approaches, we welcome the coolness of mornings, and softer light of evenings. It is a time of shifting perspectives, as our Lenten journey continues towards Easter. We pray for transformed hearts, 'to give and not to count the cost.' 

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    Holding

    Chris Gleeson SJ. 01 March 2018

    For much of 2017 we Australian Jesuits and many of our lay companions have been engaged in a marathon listening exercise in preparation for some hefty apostolic planning for the Province. It is called strategy planning in corporate speak. This revelation that Jesuits could exercise enough discipline to participate in spiritual conversation requiring active listening and intentional speaking might surprise some of our readers. Well, let me assure you that the old Native American adage 'listen or your tongue will make you deaf' has been heard and taken seriously.

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    Love and loss

    Julie Giurgis. 01 March 2018

    I looked out the window for the ambulance to arrive. Ten minutes later, the ambulance pulled into the driveway. Two female paramedics stepped out and made their way to the front door where I waited to lead them to Dad and give them a brief description of what had happened.

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    Everything will be fine -

    Clare Deignan. 01 March 2018

    Dear Charlotte, It's been a hard week. The death of a family friend, the rural area I went to secondary school in is succumbing to a devastating and deadly fire, and at eight-and-half-months pregnant I've developed a rare itching condition, which means I may be induced early. I'm waiting for test results. Powerless. But I'm finding solace in the words of a song from the 1970's Catholic cult classic Brother Sun, Sister Moon.

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    Peace is hand-crafted

    Margaret-Mary Flynn. 01 March 2018

    My grandson and his grandfather are in the shed. Heads together, small hands and large search through the box of wooden offcuts, pulling out random pieces and deciding on suitability. 'We're making a car, Grandma,' the little boy announces as I arrive. 

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    Paper cranes of peace

    Elizabeth Pike. 01 March 2018

    It is unfortunate that we are still listening and looking at the violence of war between some nations today. It might be well then to heed some thoughts from Pope Francis himself, who says 'a true builder of peace is one who takes the first step of goodwill toward the other. This is not a show of weakness, but is one of strength; the strength of peace with each other.'

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    Christmas Raffle 2017 Winners

    Staff. 07 December 2017

    The Society of Jesus in Victoria, Jesuit Communications Christmas Raffle 2017 Drawn on Thursday 7 December, 2017 (Permit No 10679/17 issued 29 August, 2017).

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    Home is where the heart is

    Staff. 01 December 2017

    So many of our happy memories seem bathed in sunlight and warmth. Summer is a time that allows us to enjoy the outdoors, as the long lazy days of January follow the Christmas rush with holidays, and we make plans and resolutions for the year to come.

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    Our homing instinct

    Chris Gleeson, SJ. 01 December 2017

    While travelling with my young brother and sister-in-law in North Cornwall in early 2003 on a bitterly cold January day, I went into a shop in the beautiful little fishing village of Padstow to look at some antiques. 

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