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Broken Bay Institue  Mission & Spirituality E-News
www.bbi.catholic.edu.au No. 30 | 01 September 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.

From the Editor's desk

‘What makes a moral person?’ is our focus this edition. How do you see it? What thoughts, quotes, songs or sayings come to your mind as you make the ‘big’ decisions, and the everyday ones?

And for a Christian? What Scripture stories or passages come to mind for you? Do you subscribe to the First Testament’s An eye for an eye or the Ten Commandments? Perhaps your lodestar is The Beatitudes or the Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit.

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Feature Article
Living A Musical Life: The Beauty Of Morality

by Dr Dan Fleming

It’s not often that we put the words ‘beautiful’ and ‘morality’ next to one another. More typically we associate morality with boredom, rigidness, a lack of creativity, and anything-but-fun. We’re also accustomed to think of morality as something to do with this or that action (the way I treated that person was morally good, or that action I committed was morally wrong).

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To Reveal Your Mysteries To And Through Mere Children

by Vince Carroll, MSC

I’m an Australian MSC and live in an orphanage in South Africa. It had given me a boost of life, at my old age. (76 years old, 51 years a priest). I have been here only a year - but have worked in South Africa for 12 years. I’ve worked most of my life in boarding schools both in Australia and Mission places (PNG and here in SA). I have worked only briefly in a regular parish, in Australia.

Conscience: Experiencing God In The Call To Moral Goodness

by Dr Dan Fleming

What images does the word ‘conscience’ bring to mind for you? Many think of that guilty feeling we have when we’ve done something wrong. Others think of the right to conscientious objection, often in healthcare, or the conscience vote that may be exercised in parliament from time to time.

A Great Welcome For Ourselves

by Rev Noel Connolly

I once knew a priest who was the life of the party but prone to take over any party he attended. Most people enjoyed his company but he was also said by many to “have a great welcome for himself”.

The Problem Of Child Labour – We Can Make A Difference

by Dr Margaret Ng

It has been said in the past that it takes a village to raise a child.  Unfortunately, today, it takes the Global Village to Raise a Child. Raising a child today includes feeding, educating and, above all, protecting him/her from harm. We must play our part as members of the Global Village in this work of protecting children.

Vietnam Experience: Thanks for your PRESENCE!

by Dr Catherine Thom, RSJ

Recently I spent five weeks teaching English and Church History in two seminaries in the Nha Trang Diocese in Vietnam. On the map it is about fifty minutes flight from Ho Chi Minh City. The Vietnamese students were wonderful, thoughtful and enthusiastic to learn. The location, opposite miles of beautiful beaches, was an incentive for me to spend weekends there.

Vatican News
  • Recent talk on Forgiveness by Pope Francis
  • Pope Francis to create a Commission to study the possibility of female deacons in the Catholic Church
  • Pope Francis on Islam being identified as violent
  • Website on the Vatican 
What’s On September
  • An Invitation to You
  • BBI’s eConference
  • Women as Witnesses to the Joy of the Gospel
  • Australian Catholic Historical Society’s conference
  • Celebrating the Seasons of Creation – an Online Resource
  • Social Justice Sunday
  • Bonhoeffer Conference
  • The Cry of the Poor
Book Reviews September 2016
  • The Blessing of Mercy by Veronica Lawson
  • War and the Illiad by Simone Weil and Rachel Bespaloff
  • CS Lewis – A Life by Alister McGrath
  • Light between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
  • The Boat by Nam Le
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • DVD: Life Is Beautiful
Poetry and Prayer
  • Reflections
  • If you Seek by Thomas Merton
  • Thirst  by Mary Oliver
  • The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry
  • Life by Blessed Mother Teresa
  • Cry of Earth by Erica Marshall
Featured Websites
  • Global Oneness Project
  • Environment Rap
  • Anti-slavery Australia.

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