RAY COLLINS: Boat people IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: Boat people

May 23, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

My forebears came to Australia by boat, most of them prior to the 1850s and all from Ireland. Two came involuntarily whilst the others were fleeing the poverty and discrimination that existed in Ireland at the time.

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: All called to be shepherds in the one Spirit IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: All called to be shepherds in the one Spirit

May 17, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

I love Pentecost Sunday and the readings that reveal to us the coming of the Spirit as wind and fire. We can imagine being with the disciples in a locked room, filled with fear, and hearing the sound and seeing the presence of ‘God with us’ as spirit.

RAY COLLINS: Pentecost - The building of a Church IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: Pentecost - The building of a Church

May 16, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

Yesterday, Sunday 15 May, I attended the opening and consecration of the new St Francis Xavier’s Church, at Belmont. It was the third time that I have witnessed the consecration and commissioning of a place of worship for a Catholic community.

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Born from mystery, to seek Mystery IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Born from mystery, to seek Mystery

May 10, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

Jesus’ going at his Ascension was one of expectation, where he was lifted up while the apostles looked on. Jesus had appeared to them in many settings during the forty days after his rising and told them that while John had baptised with water, they would be baptised with the Spirit. The promise was that Jesus would return.

RAY COLLINS: Witnesses to the ends of the earth IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: Witnesses to the ends of the earth

May 09, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

This last weekend we celebrated the feast of The Ascension, marking Jesus leaving his disciples and ascending to the Father. He left behind a rather puzzled and confused group of disciples who had just asked him “Lord, has the time come? Are you going to restore the kingdom of Israel?”.

Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been? IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?

May 04, 2016 Comments Bishop Bill Wright

“I’ve been up to London to look at the Queen…” So the old nursery rhyme has it. Before you read this, on April 21 in fact, Queen Elizabeth will turn 90 in real life.

Keeping the faith and healing those who hurt IMAGE Aurora Magazine

Keeping the faith and healing those who hurt

May 04, 2016 Comments Maria Harries

Maria Harries

Recently I remarked on the “extra special care” we need to show for each other as we react to the landscape of sexual abuse that has been heightened since the commencement of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (RC).  Aurora has invited me to consider how this might be done, attitudinally and practically. Finding answers is much tougher than acknowledging a need! All of us, but particularly those in Church communities, so close to the intensity of clerical abuse and individual and public pain, are reeling. Initially, it seemed impossible to believe − now it seems impossible to know what to do.

What are we doing on earth for Christ's sake? IMAGE Aurora Magazine

What are we doing on earth for Christ's sake?

May 04, 2016 Comments Rev Dr Richard Leonard sj

Jesuit Richard Leonard introduces his latest book, “What are we doing on earth for Christ’s sake?”

Flying is both a joy and a risk for a priest. I have been blessed − or cursed − to fly often. Generally I enjoy it, but I choose to fly under the radar (pardon the pun). I rarely wear clerical dress on a plane, mainly because clerical collars are uncomfortable. Secondly, these days, it repels as many as it attracts.