Lenten Solidarity

In this reflection for CatholicCare Sydney Sandie Cornish reflects on how traditional Catholic Lenten practices are good for us and for our world. Prayer, penance and charity are the three things that Catholics do in Lent, and they are linked. Lent starts on 5 March, so it’s timely to consider why these practices are...

The Joy of Christmas

This Christmas reflection from Sandie Cornish was written for the CatholicCare Sydney newsletter. Merry Christmas to all our readers! Pope Francis has given us an early Christmas present – his first major teaching document, the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (On the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World). The Latin name comes from the...

Thinking About Poverty

In this reflection for the end of Anti-Poverty Week, Sandie Cornish considers the concept of integral human development, the approach of CatholicCare Sydney, and the temptation to spiritualise poverty.

Church Organizations are Not Just NGOs

In this reflection for CatholicCare Sydney, I look at how the mission of a Catholic organization makes it more than just another NGO. Pope Francis has said that the Church is not an NGO. In fact he has said it more than once. Why is he saying this? Is there something wrong with being...

Person Centred Approaches Promote Respect

Here’s my June reflection for CatholicCare Sydney. CatholicCare’s Person-Centred Approach is about keeping a focus on the dignity of the person at the heart of things. It sounds very straight-forward and obvious, but in fact it calls us to act in ways that are deeply counter-cultural. It calls us to act to change the...