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Pastoral Ministry for the Common Good.  Sunday 3A.

Pastoral Ministry for the Common Good. Sunday 3A.

Sunday 3A.  The PPC decided to call a meeting to deal with some conflict between the Family and the Justice and Peace groups. They were well aware that even in our own homes and parishes there are differences of opinion about all kinds of things and that is OK. We...

Conversion of St Paul a man on fire

Conversion of St Paul a man on fire

I don’t know many Jews,”  Anthea said,  “but I suppose I know plenty of Gentiles.  In fact I wonder if most of us Catholic Christians are like Gentiles. Is our faith, as a system of beliefs and way of life, a real part of our lives, or an add-on that we pick up on...

St Francis de Sales, patron of writers and journalist.

St Francis de Sales, patron of writers and journalist.

January 24th. St Francis de Sales is the patron saint of writers and journalists.  Tracy became a great fan of his since being introduced to some of his writing. “An Introduction to the Devout Life”  is one of his well-known works on the realities of marriage and...

Envy ruins relationships.

Envy ruins relationships.

"It is common knowledge and experience, also in families, that success doesn’t always lead to admiration from others, but can also lead to resentment, envy and jealousy.  St Paul recognised this in his reflections on love and Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia explains...

Why do we glorify war and violence?

Why do we glorify war and violence?

 The catechists discussed the story of little David knocking out the gigantic and fearsome Philistine with his sling and a small stone and then killing him and cutting off his head. Janine shared that when she was young she used to think that was great but she had...

Balance and the Rhythm of Creation.

Balance and the Rhythm of Creation.

January 21st.  Audrey mentioned, “Isn’t it strange that when any of us decides to take a rest on a Sunday we feel guilty, or others might see us as lazy?  And yet it is also recognised that rest is essential for physical and mental wellbeing.  I wonder if and when the...

Who should be creating a Better World

Who should be creating a Better World

In the last year there have been many political shenanigans across the world.  In places protests against certain changes in the law at times have forced a leader to resign. Some refuse to relinquish power and oppress the people so there can be little possibility to...

Servant Leadership, an attitude and approach

Servant Leadership, an attitude and approach

Sunday 2A.   Margaret started the discussion by saying, “I was touched when I heard about Fr Damien Veuster a priest in 19th century who went to minister among the lepers in Molokai and in becoming close to the people contracted leprosy himself.  To me that is a true...

Choosing ethical leadership.

Choosing ethical leadership.

The Justice and Peace members in the group asked, “How does God choose or appoint leaders, or does he?  One can’t help but wonder who does and on what grounds?  Is it through money spent on election campaigns, or being a fiery speaker or are there people, or a group...

How will our leaders lead?

How will our leaders lead?

Amos, an amateur political scientist in the group spoke up, “Looking at the political situation in many countries today can be quite frightening.  What do people really want? What do their voting patterns show?    Do they want to be ruled by a president, king or chief...

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