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Broken Bay Institue  Mission & Spirituality E-News
www.bbi.catholic.edu.au No. 7 | 11 November 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.

Bridging 2011 and 2012 – some spiritual guidelines

Welcome to the November and final issue of the Mission and Spirituality eNewsletter for 2011. Since other commitments prevented us from sending an October issue last month, this issue has been designed as a ‘bumper’ one to finish the year with a fitting crescendo.

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Feature Article
Dark Night for Jews and Christians - by Teresa Pirola

Kristallnacht is the name given to the night of 9 November 1938, when a Nazi-inspired violent rampage in Germany and Austria resulted in the widespread destruction of Jewish businesses, synagogues, sacred books and human lives.

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Forgiving without Forgetting - by David Ranson

In a recent award-winning film, Of Gods and Men, the account of seven French Catholic monks living in war torn Algeria in the 1990s is recounted with extraordinary effect.

Have we ceased to Wonder - by Tom Ryan SM

It is interesting that if we look at the Psalms, it is difficult to find one whose dominant theme is Adoration. Consistently we find attitudes of Praise, Petition, Sorrow and thanksgiving. We do find a sense of wonder and awe in response to the glories of creation (Pss. 8 and 104).

The Daily Practice of Peace - by Jim Quillinan

If you take a moment to Google ‘if you want peace…’, it is interesting to see what comes up.

Stop Debt Vultures – Unethical Investors preying on the Poor - by Anne Lanyon

Behind the current global financial crisis is the issue of debt. High powered economists are talking about how to manage the effects of unpayable debt in Europe and the USA.

The Church and Cultures in Transition - by Gerard Goldman

We live in extraordinary times of change. I believe globalization is the mega-context for mission today.

Reflecting Theologically and Simply - by Andrea Dean

The natural process of connecting life experience and faith is known as ‘theological reflection’…Read on to see how the Assistant Principals from the Diocese of Broken Bay reflected theologically and simply.

Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue – Message for the End of Ramadan 2011

Taking up the theme of interreligious dialogue, the address for the end of Ramadan in 2011 gives priority to “the spiritual dimension of the human person.”

Assisi Formation – Animators for Sustainability

At a local Australian level, Catholic Earthcare Australia is seeking expressions of interest in a three day intensive set down for late November 2011. Refer to the attached pdf.

Book Review by Heather Lang
  • Women and fundamentalism in Islam and Catholicism: Negotiating modernity in a globalized world.
  • Being Faithful in Diversity.
  • Catholic engagement with world religions : a comprehensive study
  • The Gift of Years: Growing older gracefully.
Book Review by Peter Mudge

Awakening the quieter virtues

Book Reviews by Gerard Moore
  •  A Pilgrimage through The Rocks, Sydney. In the footsteps of Mary MacKillop series.
  •  Mary: A Window to the Light.
  • Imagining Mary MacKillop: with Whisperings from Mary.
Book Review by Bec Lindsay
  • When angels cook: traditional Italian cooking for body and soul.
Les A. Murray – “religions are poems”

Religions are poems. / They concert / our daylight and dreaming mind, our / emotions, instinct, breath and native gesture / into the only whole thinking: poetry…

The Blake Poetry Prize – 2011 winner Robert Adamson

See Hawkesbury poet Robert Adamson reading excerpts from his winning entry on a YouTube clip (7 ½ minutes) accompanied by one of his poetic quotes: “What I see not, I better see” (Emily Dickinson)

"Who am I?" - by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer wrote this poem shortly before his death. He was executed by the Nazis towards the end of World War II

Alister E. McGrath’s site on “What is spirituality?”

Based on his popular and influential book What is Spirituality – an Introduction, Alister E. McGrath reflects on the nature of both Christian spirituality and Anglican spirituality

Michael Downey’s article on ‘What is Christian spirituality?’
  • Current Trends
  • Understanding Christian Spirituality
  • Dress Rehearsal for a Method
A feminine perspective on the New Evangelisation

A description and YouTube clip (3 mins) featuring Marta Rodríguez, director of the Institute of Advanced Studies on Women in Rome

Catholic Mission home page

The motto for Catholic Mission is “Reach out, give life”. It is a world wide mission that explains and promotes the work of the Pontifical Mission Societies.

Pastoral care in the holistic care for older persons - by Fr David Ranson

The natural seasons around us provide apt metaphors for the cycles of human life and the internal rhythms of our hearts.


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