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    Launch of Bernadette T Wallis, Dear Mother Dear Father: Letters Home from John Corcoran Wallis 1927-1949 (Coventry Press, 2019)

    The great storyteller, Tolkien in Lord of the Rings records a wonderful dialogue between the characters of Frodo and Sam: “‘But so our path is laid,’ said Frodo.  ‘Yes, that’s so,’ said Sam. ‘And we shouldn’t be here at all, if we’d known more about it before we started. But I suppose it’s often that way. The brave things in the old tales and songs, Mr. Frodo: adventures, as I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull, a kind of sport, as…

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    Holy Spirit, Discernment and Discipleship – Twilight Reflection with Catholic Youth Broken Bay, Pennant Hills

    The Holy Spirit: Who exactly is it? “The wind blows wherever it pleases,” says Jesus. “You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.  So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8)  Jesus speaks of the Spirit has something transparent but something also as something that is experienced. The Spirit is transparent like the wind or like a breath.  There are the two images of the Spirit, in fact, with which we are presented at the Festival of Pentecost:  a forceful wind which shook the house, fire to enflame cold hearts and enable the disciples with courage and confidence.   Yet, in the…

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    Educating for Relationship – Insights from the Benedictine Tradition for Contemporary Catholic Education – BENet 2019 International Conference, Glebe

    The ancient text of the Rule of St Benedict has endured because of its insight into the importance of relationship as a pedagogy of formation and leadership. The workshop will explore that insight in dialogue with the document on Catholic Education, Educating Together in Catholic Schools (2007) and through the lens of the significance of ‘listening’ as a key Benedictine value and proposed by the French writer, Simone Weil as the key to education. The workshop will invite participants to consider how this might achieve expression both as leaders in their communities and in the culture of the educational community itself particularly in a socially diverse context The Context:  Relationship under…

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    Christ Lives! Christ Awakens! Christ Transforms! – Keynote presentation to the Clergy Conference of the Archdiocese of Melbourne – 17 September 2019

    I have been asked to provide a Christological foundation to a renewed sense of mission. This sounds rather daunting, but as I am not a systematic theologian rather a pastoral one, I have thought to do this in a relatively creative manner and to share with you the choice of three themes important in my own journey and reflection:  Christ Lives;  Christ Awakens;  Christ Transforms. Christ Lives In the light of current challenges before us, I wish to start with good news: Christ lives! “That life was made visible:  we saw it and we are giving our testimony, telling you of the eternal life which was the Father and has been…

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