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Broken Bay Institue  Mission & Spirituality E-News
www.bbi.catholic.edu.au No. 19 | 02 December 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.

Editorial
Editorial

By Dr Catherine Thom

A friend said recently that he was infuriated when a few days before Christmas itself, shops were taking down Christmas decoration and putting up sale signs! Can we Christians spread a little more reality about this season of Advent to our friends and relatives?


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Feature Article
Musings at the empty manger

By Angela Grant

All year long, the Manger lies empty and dusty along with the Crib figures in the Church store room.  With Advent upon us and Christmas on the way, it’s time to get it out, dust it off and do any necessary repairs. So I’m sitting with the empty manger, taking time to meditate on the significance of its emptiness.


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From the Director - God became one of us

By Fr Gary Walker

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Advent a Time for questions

By Noel Connolly

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Great O Antiphons and O Come O Come Emmanuel

By Veronica Rosier

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Be attentive to where you are

By Geoff Plant

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Advent- The middle of the Mad season

By Roger Zohrab

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From Jerusalem to the Herodium: an adventure in diplomacy

By Matt Ryan

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A Spirituality of Harmony

By Paul Rout ofm

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The Season of Advent Traditions

The idea of Advent is to prepare for the Second Coming of Christ while remembering the First Coming of Christ at Christmas.

 

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Vatican News

SOLEMNITY OF ALL SAINTS
HOMILY OF POPE FRANCIS
Cemetery of Verano
Friday, 1st November 2013

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What's On
  •  RELT6027- The History of Catholic Church in Australia since 1788
  • Nonviolent Interfaith Leadership Program
  • African Orphans Appeal Hornsby Cathedral Parish supporting Yakhumndeni AIDS Project of the Diocese of Dundee, South Africa
  • The Golden Calf – what does it reveal about God, and about us?
  • New Workbook on Ecumenism

 

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Book Reviews for the Season of Advent

Advent is a time of joyful anticipation as we await the arrival of the Christ Child. Advent is a time to prepare hearts and minds, and to reflect and contemplate this amazing event, but it can be difficult to do within a world which is rushing into a holiday season with an overriding message of commercialisation and selfish consumerism.

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WARNING??????WARNING: ADVENT VIRUS

Some signs and symptoms of The Advent Virus

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Leaving Home: A Pedagogy for Theological Education

By Peter Mudge

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Pursuing the Common Good Through Dialogue and Recognition with Triune Ethics Theory and Values Education

By Dan Fleming

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Featured Websites
  •  Fr Frank O'Loughlin reviews 'Making the Sign of the Cross'
  • A series of lectures from New College, University of New South Wales
  • When you buy a Caritas Global Gift, this is love and compassion in action.
  • Robert Barron, Word on Fire, reflections
     

 

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Advent is an odd time

 By Paul McCabe

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