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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. 


    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.'


    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).


    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.


    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. 


    In the Lord's vineyard

    Rosie Hoban. 01 December 2017

    Jesuit winemaker Brother John May SJ has retired after more than 50 years at Sevenhill in South Australia. He is now living in Sydney, but there's a place there for him to make one final return to his home of so many years.


    The places you'll go

    Clare Deignan. 01 December 2017

    Dear Charlotte, Recently, your Mimi and I were talking about family history.


    A woman of faith

    Julie Chamberlin. 01 December 2017

    Margaret Kennedy fcJ died suddenly on 13 March while she was holidaying at Sorrento. She was in her ninetieth year and had given seventy years of service to education as an FCJ Sister.


    Reflections for Advent

    Staff. 01 December 2017

    In Advent, amidst the tinsel and noisy bustle, we invite you to pause and reflect on the great mystery of God's love for Creation - so deep, and so tender that God chose to enter the world as one of us. We pray to discern God's traces in our shadowed world.


    Comings and goings at Christmas

    Andrew Hamilton, SJ. 01 December 2017

    Christmas is a time for homecoming. But for adults, it is also edged with sadness. No matter how happy is the celebration it is always edged by longing for the Christmases of childhood.


    Letting God out of the box


    Welcome to the Spring edition of Madonna. Spring always surprises. Our theme 'Letting God Out of the Box,' explores our relationship with God, reminding us that the healing mysteries of God's work amongst us in our world often escape our expectations.


    Grace trumps control

    Chris Gleeson

    During one day in the July school holidays of 1998, I was standing on the 1st tee at the beautiful Bonville International Golf Club just south of Coffs Harbour. I was nervously waiting to hit off with a group of players which included a retired psychiatrist, a pediatrician, and the Manager of the local private hospital.