Home' Aurora : Aurora June 2013 Contents BY LOUISE GANNON RSJ
Harvest Time for the
Year of Grace
The seasons keep turning. Summer
seems a distant memory and our stunning
autumn has now led us into winter. Coats
are out, and mittens and beanies are
already the essential accessory, especially
for early morning walkers.
The changing of the seasons means it is
twelve months since Aurora introduced
you to the Year of Grace -- a special time
in the Catholic Church when the Bishops
invited everyone to refocus on Jesus. The
Year of Grace called us to our heartland.
It invited us to slow down and be with
God, not as an escape from reality, but to
check the compass so our future direction
and our daily actions are an authentic
expression of God's dream for our world.
And so in keeping with the seasons, the
Year of Grace has moved into 'Harvest
Time'. It's time to start gathering up the
fruits of our contemplation. And as you
can see from the photo above...the
harvest is plentiful!
Over the past twelve months this 'Seasons
of Grace' column has inspired us with
stories of people who live gracefully and
these stories have helped us to reflect on
the many ways we experience Grace in our
lives. They are a great resource to assist
us with the harvest. For example:
• In June 2012 Nick Kenny reflected
on his second chance at life as a wake-
up call, impelling him to want to make a
difference for others.
What have been your 'second chance'
experiences? How have they changed
you? When have you given someone a
• In August 2012 Vera and Lloyd
Mudford, who foster young people
with special needs, told their story of
possibilities that open up when we focus
on the potential of every situation and all
What aspects of your life hold yet
unrecognised potential? What action might
• In December 2012 Damien and Mim
Rake, who are volunteering in East Timor,
reflected on the contentment of people
who have so little.
What brings contentment to your life?
Kim Standen (l) and Sr Louise Gannon have no shortage of grace!
What does living gratefully look like...
• In March 2013 Jean and Barrie
invited us to consider the elements of day
to day graceful living -- trust, tolerance,
understanding, commitment, respect and
Recall your experiences of good
neighbourliness -- both as the giver and
• In April 2013 Greg Byrne reflected
on how easy it is to miss the graced
moments of life.
What prevents you from being aware of
your graced moments? Is there something
you could do to change this?
Another way people have shared their
moments of Grace has been through the
GraceProject which invited artists of all
ages and artistic experience to contribute
to two virtual art exhibitions. The second
exhibition was opened on the diocesan
website on 19 May. This sample of
artworks might encourage you to savour
the whole exhibition at www.mn.catholic.
Hopefully the Year of Grace harvest time
might remind all of us, whether we belong
to a religious tradition or not, to pause and
refocus on the heartland of our identity, so
that our daily living will be a rich harvest of
what inspires and calls us to be more than
we imagined we could be. What difference
is the Year of Grace making for you and
Those who would like to participate in the
national survey that seeks to help gather
in the Year of Grace harvest, can do so at
May the seasons of Grace continue to turn
through our lives.
Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle www.mn.catholic.org.au
Charlotte Walker 'An Undefined
Elizabeth Hurley 'Little Things'
Isabella Lyall 'Soul'
Coben Hall-Smith 'Community Spirit'
SEASONS OF GRACE
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