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Broken Bay Institue  Mission & Spirituality E-News
www.bbi.catholic.edu.au No. 17 | 05 August 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.


 By Dr Catherine Thom

‘… through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come;
‘ twas grace that brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home.’

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Feature Article
Grace Revisited *

By Dairmuid O’Murchu

In evolutionary terms we have got it totally right; had we achieved that we would have been gods unto ourselves. Blessed as we are with freedom and creativity, we get it right most of the time – in terms of the big story - and occasionally we get it badly wrong. Yet the evolutionary story, infused by the guiding grace of divine wisdom, tends to bring things back to a more wholesome way of living and behaving.

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Santiago here we come!

By Garry Walker

For some Australian and New Zealand World Youth Day participants heading for Rio, a Columban experience awaits them in Santiago. Columban Fr Dan Harding the present editor of The Far East magazine, who worked in parishes in Santiago, Chile, for 20 years realised that World Youth Day pilgrims would be going through Santiago - why couldn't they visit Columban parishes there, meet the people, have an experience of mission and engage with Chilean people


By Joan Chittister

Personal Reflections after visiting South Africa, Uganda

By Sr Bernie Devine

(Bernie is chaplain at Mildmay Shoreditch, London which cares for people with HIV)

Where can I begin! Since returning from my time spent in your beautiful country
I have been filled with gratitude for all that I experienced in your ‘Land of contrast’.
The people I met, the agendas/scheduled for me, the kindness, goodwill and the sheer warmth of your welcome exceeded all my expectations. Now that I have been back for just over a week I have been reflecting on all that has happened during the previous two weeks. In fact, I am astounded at all that has taken place in such a short time.

The Grace in Creativity

By Ron Rolheiser omi

In his recent novel, Anil’s Ghost, Michael Ondaatje crates a character names Ananda. Ananda’s wife has been brutally murdered in the civil war in Sir Lanka and Ananda is trying to save himself from insanity and suicide in the face of this. His tonic? Art, creativity, building something.


Vatican City, 22 July 2013 (VIS) – Fiumicino Airport, Rome, 8.53 a.m.: the Alitalia Airbus A330 carrying the Pope departed punctually for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where it is scheduled to land in Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport at 4.00 p.m. local time, 9.00 p.m. Italian time. The Argentine Pope's first apostolic trip has begun.

What's On?
  • Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Upcoming Events
  • Low and Discipleship in Islam and Christianity
  • The Golden Rule Poster Launched in NSW Parliment


Book Review

Submitted by Editor

G.Preece & I. Packer (eds) Bonhoeffer Down Under: Australian and South African Essays Celebrating the Centenary of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Birth. Adelaide: ATF Theology, 2012. pp 260.
If protestants had saints, Deitrich Bonhoeffer-martyred under Hitler on April, 1945 just days before the Allies reached his concentration camp- would be one of the first canonised. Not just his unsought martyr’s death, but his life’s movement from privilege to growing identification with the suffering, his courageous return from safety and beckoning success of the US to Germany, with the underground resistance in the plot to assassinate Hitler, all argue his case for canonisation.

Ultán???s Hymn to Brigit

Ultán’s Hymn to Brigit

Brigit, woman ever excellent, golden, radiant flame,

BBI Staff Research/Conference papers

This is the beginning of a new inclusion in the Mission and Spirituality eNewsletter. Not all staff will be featured each publication. But all those who wish to contribute will be encouraged to do so.


Featured Website
  •  Mildmay Hospital for patients with HIV
  • Catherine Hamlin fistula hospital in Addis Ababa
  • Asylum seekers in Australia

By Paul McCabe


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