If you are experiencing difficulties viewing this email click here to view in your browser.

Broken Bay Institue  Mission & Spirituality E-News
www.bbi.catholic.edu.au No. 35 | 20 November 2017

BBI – The Australian Institute of Theological Education strives to respond to the faith education and ministry formation needs of individuals, parishes, schools and ministry groups within the local Church.

A short wisdom story to begin this Christmas-themed edition.

In a faraway land, there lived a wise old man. He came every day and sat on a stone bench on the outset of the town. He loved watching people go by: merchants that left for faraway lands, peasants that came to sell their products in the Market place, travellers that came from a long way.

Find out more
Feature Article
Gifts and Strangers by Noel Connolly.

In the week before Christmas I always delay buying presents. I find it a difficult time because I am not “gifted” with the imagination needed to buy truly personal, simple and endearing presents. If I had my way, I would buy everyone a gift voucher but appreciate that is hardly the spirit of gift-giving.

Find out more
The Gospel of Luke Chapter 2: “Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19) by Antoinette Collins

Antoinette looks at the Christmas story from Mary’s perspective of ‘pondering’.

God’s Tent Is Pitched Among Us by Catherine Thom

Catherine uses this Scripture piece to highlight the plight and vulnerability of the  large numbers of tent-dwelling refugees in our present world.

Damming Christmas by Alan Guilfoyle

Alan compares dam construction and preparation to our preparations for celebrating Christmas.

Vatican News

• Pre-synodal Youth Gathering 2018
• Upcoming General Assembly of Pontifical Academy for Life
• Child Dignity in a Digital World
• Recent meeting in Rome of Australian Bishops
• Magnum Principium

What's On

• BBI hosts National Catholic Mission and Identity Symposium
• Leaning into the Spirit: discernment, decision-making and reception
• AICD Company Directors Course
• The Art of Skilled Dialogue
• Bonhoeffer Conference

Book Reviews

• From BBI’s Library
• CDs
• Holiday reading

Poetry and Prayer

• Christmas Poem
• A Christmas Reflection
• Prayer of Intercessions at Christmas Mass
• The Christmas Mystery and Theology
• Along by Merry Christmas Time
• Sharon's Christmas Prayer
• Small Package
• Christmas Awakens Wonder and Beannacht/Blessing

Featured Websites

• Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Sexual Abuse
• Stop The Traffik 
• St Joseph Cupertino Fraternity
• Emmaus Productions

Moree Advent by Paul McCabe

Paul draws on imagery of outback NSW to ‘praise the Child of Mary blessed’.

Meeting Jean Vanier by David Patterson

David reflects on this experience and uses Christmas images to express his ideas.


We hope you value this email. However, should you no longer wish to receive our newsletter, please unsubscribe here.