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Broken Bay Institue  Mission & Spirituality E-News
www.bbi.catholic.edu.au No. 20 | 03 March 2014

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 Carmel Duffy

Greetings and welcome to the first edition of our Mission & Spirituality Newsletter for 2014. As the new editor of this eNewsletter, I would like to take the opportunity to thank Catherine Thom for the wonderful ministry she has provided in Adult Faith Education and Formation during her two years as Editor.

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Feature Article
Ecology as Mission

By Paul McCabe

Karl Rahner is famously quoted as saying that Christianity of the future will either be mystical or it will not be at all. No doubt learned treatises have explored what exactly he meant, and to what extent it might be true.

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Ecological Spirituality and Christian Mission

By Anne Elvey

Ecological spirituality is a way of inhabiting the Earth as creatures among creatures in a manner that is both God-centred and creation-centred. A theological tool for this kind of spirituality is a theology of deep incarnation.

Being At Home

By Noel Connolly

Human beings are part of the web of life, part of the ecosystem. It is our home. Human flourishing depends on us finding our place in the cosmos.

Ecological Spirituality : You Cannot Have Well Humans On A Sick Planet

By Dr Catherine Thom

Our growing awareness of the sacredness of all creation and consequently the need for a spirituality which will keep pace with the great scientific and technological advances of our time.

Jesus Style Eco-Mission

By Charles Rue

Understanding Ecology as Mission in the light of Jesus’ words.

Listening To The Earth: A Torah Perspective

By Teresa Pirola

“The Lord spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai: Speak to the Israelite people and say to them: When you enter the land that I assign to you, the land shall observe a sabbath of the Lord” (Lev 25:1-2).

Stewardship As Service

By Christine Cameron

To have a sense of stewardship is to have an awareness of the sense of connectedness that exists between the inner self and the world.


The Spiritual Teachings of Vatican II

By Gerald O’Collins

9 pointers of the spiritual life extrapolated from the documents of Vatican II with reflection questions.

Vatican News
  • Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel)
  • Living the Eucharist
  • First Anniversary of Pope Benedict's resignation.


What's On
  • From The Broken Bay Institute
  • From the Truth and Justice and Healing Council
  • From Catholic Religious of Australia
  • ...


Book Reviews

This month our librarian has reviewed some current writings on Ecology. As well there are two other book reviews: one on Christian Leadership and one on Pope Francis.

Prose and Poetry

A small selection of Ecologically-themed pieces for your quiet time.


Featured Websites


As Lent is upon us, this beautiful reflection is most timely and appropriate to our focus this edition. Thanks to the Columban Mission Society for these Stations of the Forests that can be viewed here. http://www.columban.org.au/about-us/columban-videos/stations-of-the-forests/


Rain Water: Wake to a cool sky and a soaked earth

By Greg Smith

This summer most of eastern Australia is clearly in the grip of the worst drought in a century, and its residents are feeling its strictures.

AT THE BEACH: An aesthetic reading in contextual theology

By Gregory Smith

The beach offers a spirituality that is clean, simple, and accesses the eternal. Forever offering replenishment, clean air, blue sea, and freedom from the grime of urban life, the beach is Australians' preferred escape.

On A Lighter Note

Seeing the world through a cartoonist’s eyes.


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