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Broken Bay Institue  Mission & Spirituality E-News
www.bbi.catholic.edu.au No. 29 | 01 June 2016

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 winter edition although the cold is still coming! This edition comprises a wonderful mixture of articles. Our contributors were invited to submit an article on an aspect of Mission or Spirituality they were currently reflecting on. Mercy is still a significant topic as we live into the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Each article in its own way beautifully weaves a tapestry of mercy.Thanks to all who have contributed.

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Feature Article
The Joy of Love – A Journey in Hope

by Mavis & Ron Pirola

Pope Francis’ recent Exhortation, ‘The Joy of Love’, is the outcome of a two-year listening process that included two world-wide consultations, a Consistory of Cardinals and two synods. We well remember his opening speech at the first synod on the family, urging all not to hold back in their openness. The ensuing discussions were indeed robust but what impressed us most was the atmosphere of respectful, prayerful listening.

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An Arrogant Or Loving Eye

by Noel Connolly

There is a Latin saying that in communication whatever is received is received according to the mode of the receiver. In other words it doesn’t matter how simply, clearly and loudly I say something and no matter how noble my message, if the culture and life experience of the listener have not prepared them to hear, then they won’t. People can only hear what makes some sense to them.

Mercy In The Hebrew Bible

by Lucie Breignan  

When the Hebrew Bible discusses the mercy that God shows people it is not necessarily referring to a deity who is seen to have power or the right of retribution over the people, but rather a deity who loves and wants to participate in the lives of the people in the text.

To see through the eyes of Mercy

by Peter Mudge

Peter sees contemplating art as a significant way of observing mercy and of being receptive to the quality of mercy in one’s own life and community.

Two sons, one father, no mother

by Teresa Pirola 

A fresh re-examination of The Prodigal Son of Luke 15 where being disturbed by the Word of God can help us to listen more intently.

If Only Love Were Simple

by Noel Connolly 

In this article Noel reflects on the demanding nature of love – love  which requires sacrifice.

Who’s the Problem?

by Jim Quillinan 

Jim reflects on the position of the aged in our society. They may have problems but are not the problem.

Vatican News
  • Mercy in Action
  • Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love
  • Female Diaconate
  • Adult Stem Cells
  • Missionary Discipleship
  • Pope receives Charlemagne Prize
What’s On
  • The God of Mercy in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • Church in the World
  • The Nature of Change in the Catholic Church: Ecclesiology, Vatican II and the Vision of Pope Francis
  • 2016 eConference: Mercy: A Way of Being in the World
  • Welcome to Holy Listening: A Benedictine approach to Spiritual Accompaniment
  • Mercy in the City: Can enemies become friends?
  • Bonhoeffer Conference
Book Reviews
  • Catholic Curriculum: A Mission To The Heart Of Young People
  • This Our Exile: A Spiritual Journey With the Refugees of East Africa
  • The Gift Of Years: Growing Older Gracefully
  • Falling Upward
  • Things Hidden
  • The Hospitality Of God
  • The Name Of God Is Mercy
  • Just What Is Sacrifice: An Exploration of the Sacrifice of Christ and Our Sharing in That Sacrifice in the Eucharist : Questions and Answers
  • Liturgy in the era of a Jesuit Pope
  • Pence and Sensibility
  • Year Of Wonders
Poetry and Prayer
  • Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Jubliee of Mercy
  • Nigel Westlake’s Symphony on Compassion
  • Prayer for Families
  • Catherine McAuley’s Mercy Charism
  • Quotes on Mercy
  • Quotes on Aging
  • Mothering
Jesus - with an Australian Accent

By Paul McCabe 


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