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Broken Bay Institue  Mission & Spirituality E-News
www.bbi.catholic.edu.au No. 6 | 09 September 2011

The Broken Bay Institute strives to respond to the faith education and ministry formation needs of individuals, parishes, schools and ministry groups within the local Church.

Editorial
Illness, Suffering and Death

Welcome to the September 2011 issue of the Mission and Spirituality eNewsletter. The theme for this issue is “Illness, suffering and death”. This is a topic that is very rarely broached either in public or in newsletters such as this one, save by hospital or bereavement sites that specifically provide resources and advice on these issues.


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Feature Article
When Miriam died - by Teresa Pirola

Miriam died there, and was buried there’ (Numbers 20:1). That’s it. In one brief sentence, the bible records the death of Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron.


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A Star Shining in the Darkness - by Peter Mudge

I offer this article on the theme of ‘Illness, Suffering and Death’ based on my own personal and family experience. It is written as a reflection on the life, death, and eternal life of my daughter Nicola Levana Mudge (1996-2006).

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Loss and Bereavement ??? by Trish McKenzie

As a child in primary school…When I prayed, my only petition to God was that he should send all my family to heaven when they died.

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Your People will be My People ??? By Noel Connolly

During a famine in Israel, Naomi’s husband and two sons died tragically and Naomi was left a widow with two daughters-in-law, Orpah and Ruth.

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Preparatory World Youth Day Address ??? His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

Although this message for the 26th World Youth Day 2011 addresses the faith and mission of youth throughout the world, nevertheless it contains a number of themes relevant to this issues’ focus on illness, suffering and death.

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Encounter ??? Poetry and Prayers of Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart has been described as the ‘most outstanding poet of his generation’ and ‘one of the major living poets in the English language.’ He’s also an internationally recognised philosopher, theologian and literary critic.

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Euthanasia: The Issues ??? Monday 17 October 2011

The Australian Catholic University in cooperation with the Catholic Education Office’s Department of Religious Education & Evangelisation would like to take the opportunity to host a public seminar on the legal, ethical and theological issues involved in the euthanasia debate.

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Name our new imprint and win!

The person who comes up with the winning name will be awarded the complete set of BBI eConference DVDs and a copy of the St John’s bible Gospel and Acts book which is valued at $250.

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University of Newcastle Theology and Religion courses - Semester 2, 2012

Courses on offer in the near future include four courses co-ordinated by Dr. Timothy Stanley – Religious Ethics; World Religions; Reel Religion; and the New Visibility of Religion; plus one course co-ordinated by Dr. John McDowell on Studies in Christology – Many Faces of Jesus.

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Dialogue between Buddhists and Christians - 18 October , 2011

The Broken Bay Diocesan Commission for Interfaith Relations is sponsoring a lecture entitled From Conversation to Collaboration Dialogue between Buddhists and Christians with Prof John D’Arcy May on Tuesday 18 October. The lecture is being proudly joint sponsored by BBI.

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September Book Reviews - by Heather Lang

Christina M. Puchalski and Betty Ferrell. (2010) Making health care whole : integrating spirituality into patient care. Templeton Press.

Richard Rohr. (2011). Falling upward : a spirituality for the two halves of life. Jossey-Bass
 

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Coping with Death, Suffering and Grief

What to Say to Suffering and Death – (Spirit of Things) | Two grief and bereavement web sites | Future Matters – Coaching, Spiritual Growth, Facilitation and Professional Development | Australian Catholic Social Justice Council – Prayers and Spirituality

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Three Minute Jesuit Retreat experience

As you prepare for this retreat, pause for a moment. Take several deep breaths, and allow yourself to grow still. Be aware of God's loving presence within you.

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The Value of Quiet Listening ??? By Clare Condon

This article appeared recently on the website of The Sisters of The Good Samaritan. Clare Condon quotes indigenous writer and academic Kim Scott who remarked recently in relation to politicians: ‘Get yourself in a bit of silence sometimes and listen’.

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The Question in the Silence of Suffering ??? By Father David Ranson

Through the 1980s there was a famous Catholic Japanese novelist, Shusaku Endo. One of his most famous books was simply called, Silence.

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