GALLERY: Women Standing at the Crossroads

Some fifty women, mainly from the local community, participated enthusiastically in a reflection day on 25 July, hosted jointly by the local contact group of the Council for Australian Catholic Women and the Catholic Women’s League Australia.

The guest speaker was Dominican Sister Margaret Mary Brown, and her theme was “Standing at the Crossroads”. In a broad-ranging day, she addressed national, church and personal issues which called women to ‘stand at the crossroads’. These included domestic violence, suicide, the place of women in the Catholic Church and circumstances pertaining to the lives of the individuals present.

On decision-making – which is what must happen when one is standing at the crossroads – Margaret Mary suggested that often, the decision is not between ‘good’ and ‘bad’, but between ‘good’ and ‘good’. Her advice was to ask, ‘Which ‘good’ choice will take me further?’

Margaret Mary drew from a variety of sources in sharing her wisdom: scripture, the autobiography of Anna Bligh, Through The Wall: Reflections On Leadership, Love and Survival and the novels of Niall Williams. Her ability to range widely and wisely across such substantial matters was one of the highlights of the day.

A line I will remember – although the source is unknown – is “Change is bread, not dessert.”

Give us this day our daily bread!

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Tracey Edstein is the former editor of Aurora Magazine, the official magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

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