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The Boy in
On the whole we don t take Jesus
seriously -- whether we call ourselves
Christians or not. There are some
remarkable exceptions, but by and large
we don t love our enemies, we don t turn
the other cheek, we don t forgive seventy
times seven times, we don t bless those
who curse us, we don t share what we
have with the poor, and we don t put all
our hope and trust in God. We have our
excuses. I am no saint. It is not meant
for everybody, surely? It s a great ideal,
but it is not practical in this day and age.
. ..We must learn to take Jesus seriously,
and it is precisely in this day and age
that we need to do so. In fact, what
we need to take seriously IS this day
and age, our times. We often live in a
kind of dream world that does not take
the threats and challenges of today
seriously enough. There are Christians
who think that one can take Jesus
seriously without taking too much notice
of what is happening in the world around
us. Jesus spirituality was thoroughly
contextual. He read the signs of his
times and taught his followers to do
the same (Mt 16:3-4). We take Jesus
seriously when, among other things, we
begin to read the signs of our times with
honesty and sincerity.
Albert Nolan OP, Jesus Today Orbis Books 2006.
By MARGARET WALKER
A review by
ST MARY MACKILLOP S principle,
"Never see a need without doing
something about it" is strongly endorsed
by the Sisters of St Joseph. Good Grief
Ltd is an Australian owned not-for-profit
organisation initiated by the Sisters to
support and educate those suffering loss,
grief and significant change in their lives.
Programs designed for children, young
people and adults help reduce feelings
of isolation and help participants to grow
from their experiences.
Two particular programs available are
Stormbirds and Seasons for Growth.
Both utilise a peer support environment
run by trained volunteers. Stormbirds
helps people deal with the loss and after
effects of natural disasters. It offers
participants practical ways to deal with
the grief associated with floods, cyclones
and fires, all of which affect thousands of
Australians each year.
Seasons for Growth has been running
in schools, parishes and community
groups since 1996. The program helps
participants build resilience and uses the
cycle of the seasons as an analogy to the
continuum of grief.
Grief Awareness Week occurs this month.
The work of Good Grief Ltd recognises the
individual and his or her unique journey
YEAR 6 STUDENTS at St James' Primary Kotara have
been studying John Boyne's The Boy in the Striped
Pyjamas, as part of their unit of work on the Holocaust.
Eulalia Angeli offers this review of the novel, published by
Random House in 2006.
Lines may divide us, but hope will unite us...
Nine-year-old Bruno is devastated when he learns that he
and his family are being uprooted and moving house. To
leave his comfortable home in the heart of Berlin, his best-
friends-for-life and the comfortable lifestyle he's always
known is unthinkable to young Bruno. But when your father
is a high-ranking Nazi soldier, you really have no choice.
So Bruno and his family pack up their old lives and move to
a gloomy house on the border of Auschwitz concentration
camp. Bruno detests his new home, and begs his father
to let them return to Berlin. The story documents Bruno's
experience at Auschwitz, his encounters with evil Nazi
soldiers and kind, imprisoned Jews.
One fateful day, Bruno accidentally stumbles upon the
barbed wire fence surrounding the concentration camp. He
meets a Jewish boy called Shmuel, a prisoner in the camp.
The boys discover that they live a kind of strange, parallel
existence, separated by the barbed wire fence. Over the
following year they become excellent friends, talking for
hours, divided by the tall, looming barbed wire fence.
Suddenly, Shmuel's father goes missing. Bruno and Shmuel
decide to investigate Shmuel's father's fate, with Bruno
disguising himself as a Jewish prisoner to enter the camp...
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a moving tale of injustice,
true friendship and the devastating scars that pure evil
leaves. It is an epic fable of the Holocaust seen through a
Pilgrims who have walked the camino (the way)
conclude their journey at the Spanish Cathedral of
Santiago de Compostela (St James of the star field).
This pilgrim caught up with news from home on
completing her camino.
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