Advent Week 3 The Joy of the Gospel

Listen to the Podcast The third week of Advent begins with Gaudate Sunday. The theme is joy and so we light the rose-colored candle. The birth of the Christ child is joyful news. In the Gospel of Luke the angel’s announcement to the shepherds of the birth of Jesus highlights the joyful nature of...

Advent Week 2 – Praying for Peace

Listen to the Podcast Read the Text In the second week of Advent we light the second purple candle of the Advent wreath and we pray for peace. Our world, our communities and our families long for peace, but the possibility can seem very remote! Maybe that’s why we began Advent by nurturing hope?...

Advent Week 1 – A Call to Hope

Advent is the time when we wait in joyful hope for the Christ child to be born. It is not just a time of waiting about for something to happen – it is meant to be a time of preparation. Yet I don’t think I’m the only one who often feels distinctly unprepared at...

Loving, Liberating and Truthful Language

In this reflection for the CatholicCare Sydney staff newsletter for October 2015, Sandie Cornish considers the importance of the language that we use to speak about people and policy matters. We need to take Pope Francis’ lead and choose language that is loving, liberating and truthful. How we speak about people, events and situations...

Everything is Connected – Integral Ecology

In this reflection for the CatholicCare Sydney staff newsletter, Sandie Cornish reflects on a key theme of Laudato Si’ – integral ecology One of the key themes in Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’, on care for our common home, is that everything is connected. Often it is the poorest people and communities who suffer...