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Broken Bay Institue  Mission & Spirituality E-News
www.bbi.catholic.edu.au No. 14 | 11 February 2013

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.


We begin the New Year, 2013 with reflection on the season of Lent.

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Feature Article
A Crucified God

This doctrine of the cross is sheer folly to those on their way to ruin, but to us who are on the way to salvation it is the power of God.

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An opportunity to find ourselves before it is too late

Every Lent I am reminded of the story of the Irish priest who was driving along a country road in Galway

The path is made by walking

From the time a child begins to ask "why" about everything he sees, life is an endless series of questions. Some questions have little impact as in, "Do you want fries with that?"

Ash Wednesday and Lent: Beginning Again Always

Ash Wednesday signals the beginning of that season of the church year that is most commonly associated with penance.

The Road to Emmaus

The simple story of the Road to Emmaus, like most Gospel stories, has many meanings. The two disciples walked on this road out of Jerusalem – shattered beyond belief. They had pinned their hopes on the restoration of Israel on this itinerant preacher – so much hope in the future and now he was dead.

Lent a Journey of New Life

The exact origin of the word, “Lent,” is obscure but there appears to be agreement that it is derived from the Germanic and Anglo-Saxon word for “spring.”

A Two-Edged Sword: The Dynamism of the Word of God in Lent

If the liturgical celebration is based primarily on the word of God it seeks to draw forth conversion of hearts and minds. While most of us tend to associate the Lenten season with prayer, self-denial, fasting, and helping others, these very real practices are more about giving particular attention to hearing the word of God, which takes place above all in the Sunday parish Eucharist.

Lenten message 2012

“To stir a response in love and good works”: walking together in holiness.

What's On
  •  “Faith and Grace in Everyday Life: A Conversation with Michael Leunig & Fr David Ranson”
  • BBI Events
  • University of Newcastle – Religion in political life research programme


New Books
  •  Believing in the Resurrection: The Meaning and Promise of the Risen Jesus by Gerald O’Collins, Paulist Press, 2012
  • The World of Prayer: Spiritual Leaders, Activists and Humanitarians Share Their Favourite Prayers edited by Rosalind Bradley, Orbis Books, 2012
  • The Heartbeat of God: Finding the Sacred in the Middle of Everything by Katherine Jefferts Schori Skylight Paths Publishing, 2011
  • Faces of Christ by Jane Williams, A Lion Book, 2011


Poetry and Prose
  •  Ash Wednesday
  • Lent


Featured Websites
  •  Fr Robert Barron Lenten Reflections
  • Vatican Library goes digital


Reflection: Lent

It was reported in the London Telegraph (cf Julie Henry, p 2 News, SMH 14 .1.13) that researchers at Liverpool University have shown that reading Shakespeare, Wordsworth or TS Eliot provides better therapy than self-improvement guides.


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