In Advent week four 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… Read More »Advent Week Four – Instruments of God’s Love
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… Read More »Prepare the Way of the Lord!
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… Read More »What Makes a Good Social Justice Story?
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… Read More »Worker Justice Focus for May
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),… Read More »Amoris Laetitia offers Realism and Encouragement
This reflection was written for the CatholicCare Sydney staff newsletter for February 2016. In it I draw on Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2016 stressing his call to cultivate silence in order to listen to the Word of God, and to renew our practice of the works of mercy. Sandie… Read More »Do Something for Lent 2016