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Canadian wise man Brian Doyle on the
subject of his brother 's last six words : The
answer is in the questioning.
"One of the things I loved about him wa s
that if he did not know the answer to a
question he would say (after pondering
for a moment) I do not know, four lovely
words when ordered in that fashion. Many
of us issue answers with unwarr anted
confidence, sometimes when we know
full well that we do not know. Or we think
before we speak, or issue opinion r ather
than answer, or issue someone else's
opinion, or issue opinions so ossified by
year s of neglect that you could stand them
in the corner with the umbrellas and the
walking sticks." Brian's piece in full is at
I believe that to question is to care, and
as hard days continue to unfold for the
Church, those of us who continue to care
can only be streng thened and encour aged
by hearing -- really hearing -- each other's
questions. As Rainer Maria Rilke wrote,
". ..the point is to live every thing. Live the
questions now. Perhaps then, someday far
in the future, you will gr adually...live your
way into the answer." (Letters to a Young
Reader Glen Coulton of Marmong Point
responded to last month's "Fir st Word"
where I made a statement about the death
of Kirr alee Walton. Aurora is for all and I am
happy to acknowledge his strong view :
"I expect it's too much to ask that religious
leader s stop presenting unprovable claims
as indisputable facts....Could you not have
said '... a precious soul we now believe to
be resting in the arms of her God'?
Yes, I could have, and I continue to believe,
and to a sk questions.
(top, l-r) Isabella Rendina, Isabella Smith
(both St Pius X HS) Isabella Whightman
(St Joseph's Lochinvar) then Grace
Lancaster (St Francis Xavier's Hamilton)
and Jack Dunn (St Catherine's Singleton)
I came across a poem recently by Russian
poet Yevgeny Yev teshenko called simply
"People". It begins:
No people are uninteresting.
Their fate is like the chronicle of planets
Nothing in them is not particular, and
planet is dissimilar from planet.
I feel this vignette captures the purpose of
Aurora well. Telling the stories of our local
people has always been Aurora's strong
suit, and this edition is no different.
Suzanne Romani of Newcastle generously
shares her long jour ney to reception into
the Catholic Church. Easter had another
level of resonance for her this year : "This is
the Church I now belong to, for better or
for wor se, in all its beauty and bounty, fault
and failing, and mystery."
Some reader s might be surprised that
people are still feeling dr awn to the
Catholic Church, and indeed that many
'cr adle Catholics' remain faithful in spite
of almost daily challenges. I'm not fond
of the ter m 'cradle Catholics' although I
under stand its meaning and indeed I am
one ! I don't like the implication that some
may continue to par ticipate out of habit or
blind faith. Today's climate is confronting
for anyone who is , or has been, an active
Catholic or involved in Catholic schools.
Recently I read an engaging reflection by
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