Living With the Smell of the Sheep

Here is my reflection for the April staff newsletter of CatholicCare Sydney, which explores Pope Francis’ encouragement to be good shepherds. The good news is that we have a down to earth new Pope who knows that sheep smell. The ‘bad’ news is that he wants us to live with the smell of the...

Spirituality & Political Discourse

Here’s an article that I wrote about how our spirituality can be a catalyst for transforming political discourse. Our understandings of God, what it is to be human, and of the material world are reflected in our values and lifestyles as well as our religious practices, and they should influence our participation in political...

Holy Week call to Step Outside Ourselves

“Holy Week challenges us to step outside ourselves so as to attend to the needs of others: those who long for a sympathetic ear, those in need of comfort or help. We should not simply remain in our own secure world, that of the 99 sheep who never strayed from the fold, but we...

Almost Time for Easter Eggs!

Here’s a reflection that I wrote for CatholicCare Sydney‘s staff newsletter. I get a bit grumpy about Easter eggs appearing in the shops straight after Christmas. That’s how the retail cycle works, but the Christian calendar doesn’t jump straight from the joy of the birth of the Jesus to the hope of the Resurrection....

The Call to Justice in Scripture

How do the Scriptures call you to live justly? Scripture provides a vision of a just society, as well as some specific moral teachings like the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule and the Beatitudes. We can also draw on the person and example of Jesus, the stories of Biblical characters, parables and wisdom sayings....