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write exclusively for Aurora. His bread and
butter, the works of Shakespeare, present
another medium of communication and
another way of accessing truth.
Lent is almost here as I type, and to
those for whom this is a holy season, I
r ecommend Phyllis Zagano's Seasons of
Gr ace piece on page 16. Phyllis believes
that silence is the key to 'doing Lent well'
and I'm r eminded of Sr Louise Gannon
r sj, with whom I worked at St Mary's
Campus Maitland many year s ago. Louise
instituted 'sacred spaces' in classrooms
but was famous for typing 'scared spaces'
in communiqués . In this noisy world, we
can be scared of silent spaces in our day,
and hurry to fill them with sound. Phyllis
says simply, "We need to be quiet."
Incidentally, Louise's "The Catholic Thing"
which appeared la st month received
The copy of Tar nya Davis' All Things
Considered was won by Rev Pamela Pear son
of Speer s Point.
Finally, be assured that the events publicised
in Community Noticeboard (page 21)
are open to all, so if something on offer
inter ests you, do at least enquire fur ther.
May there be sacred silences in your day,
Marie Euston, her grandson Brock Euston of
Year 3 and principal of St Aloysius Catholic
Primary School, Chisholm, Suzanne Fern. See
story page 5. Photo courtesy of Priscilla Scanlon.
There ha s been a great deal of commentary
and conver sation following Bishop Bill's
opinion piece, "The Church and the
Her ald", in the Febr uar y edition. You can
read it at mnnews.today/auror a-magazine.
Pope Fr ancis, in his message for World
Communications Day 2015, r eminds us :
The great challenge facing us today is to
lear n once again how to talk to one another,
not simply how to generate and consume
information. The latter is a tendency which
our important and influential modern
communications media can encourage.
Information is impor tant, but it is not enough.
All too often things get simplified, different
positions and viewpoints are pitted against
one another, and people are invited to take
sides , rather than to see things as a whole.
One of Aurora's roles is to present
alternatives, to offer a view through a
different lens. Some have a sked "How can
Aurora appear in the Herald if Bishop Bill
feels so strongly about the Herald's attitude
to the Church? "
My response as editor is twofold: fir stly,
Aurora's distribution through the Herald
and five other regional Fair fa x newspaper s
is a commercial contr act with Newcastle
Newspaper s. This allows the diocese to
reach the largest and broadest audience,
which it has done successfully for the last
Secondly, it is appropriate that the
audience that reads the Herald also has the
oppor tunity to read another viewpoint
and to dr aw its own conclusion -- this is the
fundamental purpose of Aurora each month.
I'm thrilled that Maitland-born thespian John
Bell AO, OBE, accepted an invitation to
TRACEY EDSTEIN -- Editor
ST ALOYSIUS: A KIND OF
FOOD FOR LIFE
CHANGING A NATION
ONE BY ONE
ACCOLADES FOR STUDENTS
CALLED TO SERVE
THE CATHOLIC THING
SEASONS OF GRACE
SPORT'S A PASSPORT
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