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Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle www.mn.catholic.org.au
THE ST VINCENT de Paul Society had its
beginnings in France in 1833. Student
Frederic Ozanam was troubled by the
poverty he saw. It was only when he was
challenged by another student with the
question, "What are you doing for the
poor?" that he sprang into action, providing
firewood for a widow. From these humble
beginnings, the Society as we know it
today began. That student's question is
a challenge for us all. By checking the
www.vinnies.org.au you will soon see
that many people are answering this call
and you will also find ways in which you
can assist your local community. Just
be sure to click on NSW on the map for
The Society is a Catholic organisation living
out the gospel message by helping the
needy in our
A major part
of its work
people walking the journey with them. The
assistance provided can be financial or
given through the many Vinnies Centres,
which allow people to buy low cost clothing
and household items.
The website certainly reflects the most
positive part of the Society's work and
message -- not just giving people short
term fixes but providing long term support
for people in need. Information on services
such as SPARK for migrants and Compeer
for those suffering mental illness, to help
them connect with the community, can be
found on the website. There is also a very
strong Vinnies Youth program, run by young
people for young people.
Homeless Persons Week beginning
6 August will bring the plight of many
Australians in desperate need into focus.
Vinnies has programs to help the homeless
including immediate help, such as food
vans, and also long term assistance for
families and other homeless people. And
with the cold weather upon us, why not
check out the website to see how you could
help with the annual Winter appeal and like
Vinnies, do "good works"?
Heart of each day grace of the way
All is gift --
Being open to grace
Responding to grace
Being healed in grace
Recognising ourselves and all others
at home in the Heart of Grace
From The Heart Waking. Lifeflow Education
In a Year of Grace we are invited to be mindful of the gifts that fill our days so that
others might experience gratefulness and graciousness in us.
"O UR SOCIETY...SHUTS death
out...as a denial of its
existence. This denial leaves...
the dying person and family/friends
totally unprepared for something that is
inevitable. Rather than acknowledge the
existence of death, we try to hide it. It is
as if we are trying to convince ourselves
that 'out of sight, out of mind' really
works. If we are able to face...death
with...acceptance...then we shift our
priorities before it is too late."
In The Top Five Regrets of the Dying
Bronnie Ware writes strongly about the
"importance of surrender, of letting go
and allowing nature to weave its magic",
not only when facing death but also in
seeking to live a life without regrets. She
acknowledges the courage it takes to
reach this point of surrender and through
the stories she shares, the reader is
given the opportunity to learn of the
liberation that comes with acceptance.
With honesty, sensitivity and deep
respect for herself and those with whom
she has journeyed, Bronnie breaks open
the regrets she most commonly heard
from those who were dying:
1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a
life true to myself, not the life others
expected of me.
2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard.
3. I wish I'd had the courage to express
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with
5. I wish I had let myself be happier.
Through the sharing of her life story
which included her role as a Palliative
Carer, Bronnie engages us in her
transformation and inspires us to
embrace life and to live with hope.
Having experienced a "new beginning, a
new birth" Bronnie encourages us with
these words, "You have a light within you
that is beautiful and potentially radiant.
But you need patience and tenderness
with yourself to remove all of the muck
you have been carrying for decades. As
each little bit is removed, a little more of
your true self will shine through."
Bronnie Ware is an Australian writer,
singer/songwriter and songwriting
teacher. Visit www.bronnieware.com to
discover more of Bronnie's work.
Benita Tait is Co-ordinator of
Seasons for Growth in the Diocese of
By MARGARET WALKER
By BENITA TAIT
Compiled by SR LOUISE GANNON RSJ
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