Second edition written by Sandie Cornish, 2016. Where Our Values Come From I really enjoyed collaborating with CatholicCare Sydney on this introduction to Catholic Social Teaching. Their staff and volunteers are as diverse as the people and communities they serve. They are attracted to CatholicCare because they share its values.… Read More »CatholicCare Staff Introduced to Catholic Social Teaching
I was invited to present as part of a panel at Catholic Health Australia’s Governance Conference. My task was to provide a framework from Catholic Social Teaching for responding to people challenges within Catholic organisations. I highlighted the concepts of the dignity of the human person, the option for the… Read More »5 Insights from Catholic Social Teaching on Work
The United Nations has designated 21 September the International Day of Peace. In this CatholicCare reflection I look at ways in which we can cultivate a culture of peace.
How can We Cultivate a Culture of Peace?
Sometimes it seems that the whole world has gone crazy: passenger planes shot out of the sky; schools and hospitals shelled; people expelled from their home countries because of their religion; intentionally cruel policies towards people in need, including children. We can feel overwhelmed and helpless. We may be tempted to succumb to what Pope Francis has called a ‘culture of indifference’ -blocking out the pain of it all and avoiding any sense of responsibility to respond.Read More »Cultivating a Culture of Peace
This is a reflection that I wrote for the Australian Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office’s kit for Migrant & Refugee Sunday. You can download the whole kit here.
The Holy Family in Exile
If you were asked to paint an icon of refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants, how would you depict them in a symbol or image? The dominant images in the media have been of boats rather than people. When we have glimpsed the people in the boats, we have largely seen men on their own, not whole families. Our faith sources suggest quite a different icon or symbol. Read More »The Holy Family in Exile – Icon of Refugees
In 2014 we celebrate the 100th World Migrant and Refugee Day. The Australian Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office has prepared a kit to help communities and individuals to celebrate Migrant & Refugee Sunday. The theme is The Holy Family in Exile, and it contains Pope Francis’ Message for the day,… Read More »100th World Migrant & Refugee Day