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Regional Australia Facing an Isolation Crisis

In terms of avoiding lockdowns and COVID infections, Western Australia has been very successful. However, it has come at a cost. Border closures, sadly, have kept loved ones apart and led to an increase in mental health issues. Some of the hardest hit areas have been Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley region. The Diocese of Broome is calling for volunteers to assist for three months in these communities. To find out more click the link below.

Christian Kindness: More Intentional than Random

Kindness is a trait that is sometimes in short supply. Just think of how people interact on social media or while driving on the road. Think how children socialise at school or in the playground. Or how family members interact at home. How often have you witnessed behaviour that can be described as unkind? How often have you struggled to be kind especially when someone is mean to you? This week’s Majellan article examines the Christian call to be kind.

A Mother’s Loss

The shocking scenes at Kabul airport — reminiscent of the images of the fall of Saigon in 1975 — highlight the desperate situation many Afghans face following the unexpectedly quick Taliban victory.

In the 1970s, the Fraser government responded generously to the plight of the Vietnamese people seeking refuge in Australia, taking 15,000 refugees a year. In contrast, last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Australia will take in 3,000 Afghan refugees.

Feeding The Lucky Country

In the final episode of Back in Time For Dinner, following the decade of the 2000s, Carol Ferrone was in a scene that focused on Australia experiencing a drought. Six short months later this became a startling reality. As part of this scene Carol visited Foodbank, Australia’s largest food charity and distributor of food to millions of Australians each year. 

Christmas is a time to open up

Many people are missing their old way of life and are frustrated with restrictions and the unpredictability of lockdown. It’s common to feel tired and unmotivated when your usual schedule is disrupted, so it’s important to create a routine that nurtures your mental health. Here are 10 tips to improve your daily life! 

7 Things you can do to prevent a Stroke at any age

Many people are missing their old way of life and are frustrated with restrictions and the unpredictability of lockdown. It’s common to feel tired and unmotivated when your usual schedule is disrupted, so it’s important to create a routine that nurtures your mental health. Here are 10 tips to improve your daily life! 

Majellan Family Prayers

This week we pray for Tolerance. The willingness to tolerate someone is the fruit of recognising his or her intrinsic worth as a person, no matter their colour, creed, or culture.

People find it too easy at times to be judgmental and to reduce a person’s value because of one comment they have made or the way they look.

It is important to remember that each person is made in the image of God and no one is better than the person next door. We are all equal in the eyes of God.

House of Hope

In the northeast corner of Thailand, away from the sandy beaches, the noisy shopping precincts and the bright night life, there is an orphanage called Sarnelli House. It is what I call a small miracle. For more than 20 years, the workers at Sarnelli House have been providing food, education, health care, security, love and acceptance to children who have been neglected, abandoned and orphaned.

Under their wing – An inspirational story

Duc has been on a dramatic and faith-filled journey over the past few years.

His story, first revealed in The Magellan in the January 2016 issue, is about the love and faith that connects him as an asylum seeker with his new Australian family.

Duc fled Vietnam after attending a Mass at a private house in a village in 2012 which the police raided. His companion was taken away and has not been heard of since.

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