Home' Aurora : Aurora November 2014 Contents www.mn.catholic.org.au Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
Level 5, 384 Hunter Street NEWCASTLE 2300 • Protecting our clients rights for over 100 years
Let our experience be your guide
• Income Protection
• Motor Vehicle
4032 1700 firstname.lastname@example.org www.codea.com.au
The month of November is for many in the
Christian tradition a time of remembering
and honouring those who have died. This
month in "Seasons of Gr ace" Benita Tait
shares ways of "capturing grief ", dr awing
examples from various cultures.
Recently a friend shared with me her
husband's last moments with his dying
mother. "He was blessed to be with her,
he sang her favourite songs quietly as he
sat with her. . ." she wrote. What a beautiful
image for a believer in the Resur rection of
singing a loved one into heaven!
A reader wrote complimenting Tanya
Russell's CareTalk Q&A last month: "I
suffered depression on retirement as a
lawyer. It hit like a sledge hammer when
I thought it could never happen to me.
Tanya's ar ticle was salient in that it came in
the same week that my medico gave me
the all clear to stop taking medication. . ."
Tanya is always happy to receive questions
and comments, just email auror a @
Finally, do read our cover stor y about
a young local student who's blitzing the
ice skating world and at the same time
modelling the values spor t can embody, as
explor ed in the Austr alian Catholic Bishops'
2014 Social Justice Statement, A Crown
Newcastle's Kailani Craine, fresh from
success on the ice overseas. See stor y on
page 5. Photograph cour tesy of Stephen
Recently my attention was dr awn to
some research indicating that writing is
ther apeutic. Rachel Grate says ". . .just 15
to 20 minutes of writing three to five
times over the course of [a] four - month
study was enough to make a difference".
Not only does writing help one's mental
health, it can also have a positive impact on
physical health. "The study concluded that
writing about distressing events helped
par ticipants make sense of the events and
reduce distress....it's official: writers are
doing something right."
Tasmanian Richard Flanagan ha s cer tainly
done something right, having been
awarded the pr estigious Man Booker
Prize for his novel, The Narrow Road to the
Deep North. Of its protagonist, Flanagan
writes, "A good book, he had concluded,
leaves you wanting to reread the book. A
great book compels you to reread your
own soul. Such books were for him rare
and, as he aged, rarer. Still he searched,
one more Ithaca for which he was forever
bound." The Narrow Road to the Deep
North is at times a harrowing, but a very
If you are interested in writing for
Aurora -- ever yone has to star t
somewhere! -- please contact me
to explore the possibilities .
TRACEY EDSTEIN -- Editor
HUNTER'S GRACE ON ICE
LIVING LIFE TO THE FULL
POSITIVE STREET ART
TWO BY TWO
MINISTRY TO SEAFARERS
GOODNESS IS CONTAGIOUS
THE CATHOLIC THING
SEASONS OF GRACE
HORSES THAT HEAL
RUGBY AT GLOUCESTER
The Church: why
bother with it?
Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
November 2014 | No.141
Bishop Philip Kennedy Memorial Prize ffor Overall Excellence and G
Street art comes to
Seasons of Grace: How
can we capture grief?
Never miss an issue!
Annual subscriptions are
available at $30.00 for
11 editions to cover postage.
Contact the Editor to
THE JOYS OF
Opinions expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the Editor or Publisher. Acceptance of adver tisements does not necessarily indicate endorsement of the product or
ser vice.The contents of this publication may not be reproduced in any form without prior written consent from the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
AURORA is a member of the Australasian Catholic Press Association and the Australasian Religious Press Association.
Next deadline 15 November 2014
AURORA enquiries should be addressed to
The Editor Tracey Edstein
Postal PO Box 756 Newcastle 2300
Phone 4979 1288
Fax 4979 1119
Sales Manager Craig Slavek
Adver tising 4979 5259
Design Taya Tr y
New Media & Client Ser vices
Visit www.mn.catholic.org.au to view Aurora online.
Follow us on Twitter
Search "Aurora Magazine"
Links Archive Aurora October 2014 Aurora December 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page