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Praying the Sunset Prayer
The day is departing with a quiet kiss.
It lies open at your feet
while you stand saying the blessings.
You can t create anything yourself,
but you can lead the day to its end
and see clearly the smile
of its going down.
See how whole it is,
not diminished for a second,
how you age with the days
that keep dawning,
how you bring your lived-out day
as a gift to eternity.
From Praying the Sunset Prayer by Jacob Glatstein
In "Seven Sacred Pauses" by Macrina Wiederkehr, Sorin Books 2008
By CHRISTINE & DR JOHN CAVENAGH
THE EDMUND RICE Centre concerns itself
with local, national and international projects
targeting social justice issues including those
associated with refugees. Refugee Week, 19-25
June, reminds us of the plight of refugees who
are fleeing either dangerous war zones or low-
lying Pacific Islands increasingly threatened by
The Edmund Rice Centre helps to address
the needs of asylum seekers and refugees
by raising awareness in our communities
of their situation and needs. Their website
offers an opportunity for individuals to sign
the "People's Statement", addressed to the
Australian government, outlining concerns
about the treatment of refugees in Australia.
They also offer social and financial services
which directly support refugees as members of
The website offers up-to-date media releases
and resources on refugee issues as well as
women's programs, fair trade, climate change
and indigenous programs. Their motto of
"Awareness, Advocacy and Action" is a simple
yet powerful message. Jesus' message of
inclusiveness is evident in this website and it
challenges us to question our own opinions and
reactions regarding refugees.
By MARGARET WALKER
AT THEIR ORDINATION, deacons -- including those
who will later be ordained priest -- are presented
with the Book of the Gospels accompanied by the
words "Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you
now are. Believe what you read, teach what you believe,
and practise what you teach". And while over the years
By ANDREW DOOHAN
What Australian Catholic Priests
Really Think About Their Lives
and Their Church.
By CHRIS MCGILLION and
AURORA, ON TOUR with students, teachers and parents from St Catherine's
College Singleton, visiting Siena, the birthplace of St Catherine.
as we listen to their homilies and other teachings we
might gain some insight into their faith, do we really
know what priests think about the things that impact
on their lives?
Now thanks to the work of Chris McGillion and John
O'Carroll, both faculty members of Charles Sturt
University, we have the opportunity to delve into the
private views of priests working in parish ministry
across Australia. Based on a written survey (the details
of which can be viewed in Appendix 1) and some
interviews, the insights provided in Our Fathers make
for interesting reading, and provide some interesting
grist for reflection.
As the subtitle suggests, the areas covered by this
book canvas opinions on two broad areas: priesthood,
and how the respondents understand a range of issues
including compulsory celibacy, (which not surprisingly
has grabbed media attention); and the Church, and
how the respondents feel about the Church and how it
impacts their lives. While the contents of Our Fathers
could not be considered definitive, they make it clear
that the ordained priests of the Australian Church have
a wide variety of views on the topics that McGillion and
O'Carroll have sur veyed.
Some readers might not be surprised by what they
read in Our Fathers; others might be shocked to
their very core to think that priests of the Church
might hold some of the views expressed in this book.
Regardless of their reaction however, this book should
be compulsory reading for those who love their Church,
and indeed who want to support their priests so that
together we can work to further the mission of the
Mulgrave, Vic: John Garratt Publishing, 2011.
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