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Broken Bay Institue  Mission & Spirituality E-News
www.bbi.catholic.edu.au No. 22 | 01 September 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

Welcome to this edition of our Mission and Spirituality Newsletter where we focus on Seeing Eye to Eye: Befriending the Poor.

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Feature Article
Seeing Eye to Eye: Befriending the Poor

By Catherine Thom 

‘Befriending the poor’ is not simply, or even, making friends with all people for this can connote a patronising attitude; it is ‘favouring’ or ‘giving preference’ to the poor.

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The Forgotten Sheaf: Ancient Jewish wisdom for today

By Teresa Pirola 

Teresa reflects on an extract from Deuteronomy and finds the importance of attitude in our dealings with all, especially the poor.

Time, Hospitality and Belonging: Towards a Practical Theology of Disability

By Professor John Swinton

We as Church are called to become a community of radical diversity that reveals extraordinary love

What is the Preferential Option for the Poor?

By Rohan Curnow

Dr Curnow reflects on this phrase and its implications for us as Christians

The Moral Implications of the Preferential Option for the Poor

 By Paul McCabe

Draw Near to New Forms of Poverty and Vulnerability

By Noel Connolly

Fr Noel writes of the need to include the poor and the necessity of working to eliminate the structural causes of poverty.

The Theology of Disability ??? a new way of listening, seeing and belonging

By Debra Vermeer

The theology of disability is a way of looking at God and human beings from a perspective that is overtimes overlooked; a perspective that must take into account a new way of thinking about time, hospitality and belonging, says visiting theologian, Professor John Swinton.

Vatican News
  • No Religion can kill in the Name of God
  • Synod on the Family
  • Change in Process for upcoming extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family
  • Quotes from Evangelium Gaudiam on our Focus of Befriending the Poor
What's On
  • The Gospel of John – Joy Made Complete
  • “Faith and the Political” Biennial Conference in Philosophy, Religion and Culture
  • “Exploration to Recover and Ecclesial Sense of place and purpose”
  • War, Apocalypse and Peace
  • Embracing the Energies of Love in an Evolutionary Universe
  • Disability, Vulnerability, Spirituality and Interdependence
  • 2014 Russell Fowler Memorial Oration
  • Women’s Interfaith Fellowship
  • Peace and Patriotism in 20th Century Australia Symposium
  • Teaching Theology in a Technological Age
  • Sounding the Sacred – A Day of Sacred Music, Poetry and Reflection
  • Vaughan Publishing
  • Sociology and Anthropology Seminar Series
  • History@Newcastle
  • Israel Palestine Update: A Peaceful Conversation
  • Seeking Participants for the Women’s Interfaith Fellowship
Book Review
  • A sacramental-prophetic vision : Christian spirituality in a suffering world
  • Reclaiming Francis : how the saint and the pope are renewing the church
  • When helping hurts : How to alleviate poverty without hurting the poor and yourself
  • Option for the Poor and for the Earth
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers
  • The Happiest Refugee
Poetry and Prayer
  • Litany & Blessing for Uprooted People - Refugees
  • From Pope Francis
  • From Fr Richard Rohr O.F.M.
  • The prayer of St. Francis
  • Rural Masses
Recent research papers and new

From BBI faculty

Featured Websites
  • Catholics Confronting Global Poverty
  • The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council
  • Caritas
  • Kishore Jayabalan on BBC
  • The real test of Francis' reform: touching the spiritually poor
  • Blinded Heart
  • To be a refugee
  • A Brief Overview of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  • On Poverty
  • Plumwood Mountain
The Cross in Solidarity with the Poor

By Margaret Ghosn MSHF

This reflection travels the Way of the Cross that we may come to better see what life asks of us, so as to better serve the poor.

Ministry To Asylum Seekers

By Denise Hinton rsm

A personal reflection on ministering to detainees at Curtin Detention Centre.

Jean Vanier and Befriending the Poor

By Zachariah Duke

Zachariah reflects on Jean Vanier’s challenge to really ‘see’ the poor and see them differently

Being Just Neighbours: On Friendship

By Pam Grey sgs

Sr Pam asks: What does ‘asylum’ mean, if not something of friendship? What is friendship, if not sanctuary for the soul?

One Person???s Change

By Meg Foley

We need to appreciate what we have in our lives and see how we can use our skills and possessions to improve our world.

Encountering God

By Paul McCabe

Fr Paul reflects further on how we relate to our God.


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