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Broken Bay Institue  Mission & Spirituality E-News
www.bbi.catholic.edu.au No. 24 | 02 March 2015

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.


Welcome to our first edition for 2015. In the light of recent events in Sydney and ongoing events in the world, as we begin Lent, it seems timely to reflect on how as followers of Jesus, we can live as peacemakers - nonviolent people.

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Feature Article

By Sr Susan Connelly rsj

Susan reflects briefly on the thinking of René Girard and particularly his concept of ‘perpetual war’.

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Mary of Nazareth, Prophet of Nonviolence

By John Dear
Here John considers Mary’s role as model for us as people of Contemplative, Active and Prophetic Nonviolence.

Finding the Heart of Mission

By Fr Noel Connolly
Noel asks if mission is ours, the Church’s or God’s?

Thin Places

By Margaret Trevethan
Margaret speaks of the importance of attentiveness to the ‘thin’ places in our experience which invite us into mystery and transformation.

Holding The Space For Our Stories: Understanding and Responding to Childhood Sexual Abuse

By Denise Sullivan
Denise’s article on this sensitive issue includes a sample outline for a parish meeting and reference to the liturgy used.

Vatican News
  • World Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking
  • Oscar Romero a Martyr
  • Pope’s Message for Lent – Make your Hearts Firm
  • Pope Opens Year for Consecrated Life
  • Encyclical on the Environment to come
What's On
  •  Bonhoeffer Remembrance Service
  • Celtic Spirit Pilgrimage
  • Vatican II – Remembering The Future.
  • Postgraduate Symposium
  • A Life Worth Living – ANZATS Conference
Book Reviews
  •  Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way by Walter Wink
  • Gandhi on Non-Violence edited by Thomas Merton.
  • Love Beyond Measure by Mary Lou Kownacki
  • Active Nonviolence – A Way of Personal Peace – by Gerard Vandehaar
  • The Human in the Universe by Niamh Brennan
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • The Narrow Path DVD
  • War Dance DVD
  • Life is Beautiful DVD
Poetry and Prayer
  • A Franciscan Blessing
  • A Lenten Discipline
  • The Decalogue for a Spirituality of Nonviolence
  • Take Care
  • Wring Out My Clothes
  • From St Francis of Assisi
  • The Peace of Wild Things – Wendell Berry
  • Some Quotes
  • Peace by Gerard Manly Hopkins
  • Fashioned and Formed – Monica Brown
Featured Websites
  •  Centre for Action and Contemplation
  • Non-Violence International
  • Pax Christi USA
  • Online Video Prayers and Meditation
  • Global Exchange
  • The King Centre
  • Leaders for Climate Change
  • Embodied Peacemaking

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