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    Centres of Ignatian Spirituality

    Staff. 10 March 2017

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    The ointment and the vinegar

    Peter Steele SJ. 10 March 2017

    Countless times, since artists have tried to represent the passion and death of the Lord, they have found in the gospel text what we might call eloquent items.

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    A cloud of witnesses

    Edmund Campion. 10 March 2017

    Having first sent prayerbooks, Fr John Joseph Therry soon followed with a visit to the newly-founded colony of Sydney.

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    A golden and fragrant glow

    Margaret-Mary Flynn. 10 March 2017

    Every year at this time, a case of clingstone peaches would arrive at the back door of my grandma’s house. She would set up a table and a couple of wooden kitchen chairs in the shade of the willow tree, furnished with bowls and paring knives, and rows of the tall cylindrical glass preserving jars that she used in her Fowler’s Vacola Preserving outfit, her pride and joy

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    Joseph - man of the family

    Elizabeth Pike. 10 March 2017

    St Joseph is a model for all fathers and families.

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    Are you religious?

    Gerard Mackie. 10 March 2017

    Iconographer Michael Galovic explains his approach to creating a religious artwork.

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    Take up your cross

    Bill Uren sj. 10 March 2017

    If you want to become a follower of mine, you need to deny yourself and take us your cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24)

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    Changing habits

    Madeleine Wright. 10 March 2017

    M sister Philomene Tiernan entered the convent in February 1957. We said goodbye to Phil in the parlour of Rose Bay Convent in Sydney. We stood silent as the Mistress of Novices escorted Phil from the room carrying her single suitcase. It held a prescribed contents of modest skirts, blouses and flat shoes. Mum, Dad, my two brothers and I made our way through the heavy front doors back to our car. How we missed our sister as we drove through the starless night to Brisbane.

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    Taken down

    Michael McGirr. 10 March 2017

    The worst thing that can happen to any Christian is for their experience of the cross to become bland. It’s understandable that this might happen when there are crosses everywhere. You find them on churches, schools, badges, uniforms, flags and even on hot buns. The cross is so familiar that we could pass by without recalling what it represents

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    Women and the war

    Constance le Plastrier. 10 March 2017

    During this special anniversary year of ANZAC, our thoughts turn to those events of 100 years ago. In the May 1915 edition of Madonna, regular writer Constance M. Le Plastrier wrote a long reflection on the role that Australian women were playing in that great conflict. Here is an extract from her article.

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    Surprising the synod

    Staff. 10 March 2017

    Long-time commentators on family, Mavis and Ron Pirola, made world-wide headlines with their address to the recent Synod on the Family.

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    A wide-ranging talent

    Rosie Hoban. 10 March 2017

    Artist Martin Tighe is not much into self-promotion, happy to let his art do the talking. And there’s much to be said about his work, particularly his portraits and his most recent exhibition of bread paintings, which he calls religious icons

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