Praying for the Living and the Dead and the Call to Community

On the eve of All Saints Day I have not been thinking about Halloween, tricks, treats or tacky costumes. I’ve been thinking about building community. Pope Francis is constantly calling us to a larger sense of community, and so does the communion of saints. A Broad & Deep Sense of Community During the Year...

Advent Week Four – Instruments of God’s Love

In the fourth week of Advent we light the third of the purple candles in the advent wreath. It represents love. Love is, actually, all around us. It is not always as obvious as a romantic comedy. It is rarely as sentimental as a Christmas movie. Love can be demanding, and frightening and exhausting...

Prepare the Way of the Lord!

A Message from 1971 1971 was the year of the Synod of Bishops’ statement Justice in the World – and the year of the musical Godspell. Based on the gospel of Matthew, its opening song reflects this year’s gospel reading for the second Sunday of Advent. Colleen Hewitt sang in the Australian production of...

What Makes a Good Social Justice Story?

Reflection by Sandie Cornish. An Invitation I was flattered and a bit surprised by the invitation to judge the social justice category of the 2016 Australasian Catholic Press Association Awards. It turned out to be an interesting and thought provoking exercise. There was such a broad field of entrants from different kinds of publications...

Worker Justice Focus for May

The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council (ACSJC) has a tradition of focusing on worker justice issues during the month of May and their Chair usually issues a Pastoral Statement for the Feast of St Joseph the Worker. They explain that: “This year, the day usually given to the Memorial of St Joseph the Worker,...

Amoris Laetitia offers Realism and Encouragement

In this reflection for the April 2016 CatholicCare Sydney staff newsletter, Sandie Cornish reflects on chapters two and six of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on love in the family, Amoris Laetitia. Love in Ordinary Families Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on marriage and the family, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), is a wide-ranging document....