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"The deepest questions these deaths
raise are the unavoidable questions that
face us all : questions about the patent
precariousness and vulner ability of our
lives, about what matter s to us when our
grasp on the future is so tenuous, about
the mysterious conjunction of love, loss ,
pain and gift, and about the capacity of
the human hear t for evil and the terrible
consequences that follow.
"These questions are best pondered
in silence and shared in intimacy, not
answered in a ser mon. In our fir st response
to the crash our common humanity
is better expressed in sor row than in
curiosity, in sympathy than outr age, in
pondering than declar ation, in pr ayer than
"In the coming days questions about who,
what, why, where and how will be pur sued
exhaustively....if we have the resources for
it....r esponses are best built on a pause for
grief, for fellow feeling, for attentiveness
to the myster y of life, good and evil,
people whose lives took off but then fell
unexpectedly into the ear th."
I can say no more.
(l-r) Kenneth Tsang, Phillip Chalmers, Uncle
Ray Hurst and Senator Deborah O'Neill at
St Clare's High School, Taree.
See page 5.
I am constantly surprised and delighted by
the connections that arise from those who
write, read and proof read Aurora stories.
Af ter proofing this month's "One By One"
story (see page 10), Sr Marie Craddock
r sj wrote, "I taught Pauline Randall at Mt
St Joseph, Cessnock, all those years ago.
I was quite touched by her ar ticle, but
not surprised by what she tells of her life.
Even as a young girl, there was something
special about her; thank God for such
saintly people. I can still see Pauline a s she
was in about Year 7. She looked as though
she could see something others were
not seeing. I would say God and she have
known each other for a long time, often
in people like her Anna and Sar ah." Marie
and Pauline have since been in touch.
Regular reader "Libby" phoned to
compliment Chef Bar t's monthly recipes,
saying, "I always make them and they
always work." No greater praise for a
chef, sur ely! I have the enviable task of
photogr aphing the dish each month and I
feel it's an ethical requirement to ta ste the
finished product. Someone has to do it !
By the time you are reading this the
outcomes of the MH17 air tragedy will
no doubt still be unfolding, and many
questions may always remain unanswered.
Andrew Hamilton SJ wrote recently in
"Elegy for the 298 of MH17"
TRACEY EDSTEIN -- Editor
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THE CATHOLIC THING
SEASONS OF GRACE
AN OVERWHELMING TRUTH
PREGNANT AND CONCERNED?
BABY AND THE BATHWATER
COOKING UP A CENTENARY
Grandparents can be
grand parents too
The Catholic Thing:
When did you last get
in the water?
Human rights under
spotlight at St Clare's
Diocese of Maitland-Newc
August 2014 | No.138
Opinion: The baby
and the bathwater
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