Spring 2020

Saint who loved animals

1 September 2020 Known for his love of animals, he founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of Saint Clare, the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land. Pope Gregory IX canonised Francis on July 16, 1228. Along with Saint Catherine of Siena, he was designated patron saint of Italy. He later became associated with patronage of …

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Turning the page

1 September 2020 Mother Hilda Scott osb writes, “…no matter what your particular ‘infertility’ in life is, you will find the whispering of God in your own heart meeting your own pain.” Debra recalls, “One bishop told me: ‘There are many forms of barrenness or sterility in our lives … physical, psychological, spiritual, emotional. The …

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Love has many forms

1 September 2020 But this time there was an attached Word document. Something that she’d been promising to send me for years. It contained her childhood memories. My eyes ran rapidly over the document, skimming the pages describing what life was like in Finland following the end of World War Two. Both my grandfathers had …

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What’s your thing

1 September 2020 Like many Australians, I love to swim and I have my own ‘memory pools’. However, swimming isn’t my thing. When you encounter someone who has identified their ‘thing’ and embraced it, their enthusiasm can be very engaging. At some stages of life, one’s ‘thing’ is obvious. For a new parent, an employee …

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