The artists get there first IMAGE Aurora Magazine

The artists get there first

May 04, 2016 Comments Peter Mudge

The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.

(William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, spoken by Portia, IV, i, 184-187).

These words suggest that true mercy flows and is given freely. It is characterised by gentleness and availability. Contemplating art is one way of observing mercy and being receptive to the quality of mercy in one’s own life and community.

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: It is in relationship that lives are transformed IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: It is in relationship that lives are transformed

May 03, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

We begin this week with Jesus reminding us that the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, will teach us everything, and remind us of all that he has said. This can only happen if we immerse ourselves in the scriptures, and then in our tradition. And if we do this, then peace will be given to us, a peace the world cannot give. This is Jesus’ gift to us.

RAY COLLINS: A light for the nations IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: A light for the nations

May 02, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

The First Reading of the Sunday Masses of the Easter Season have been taken from the Acts of the Apostles and provide us with many insights into the life of the early Christian Church following Jesus’ Resurrection and Ascension and the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples.

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Love one another IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Love one another

April 26, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

By the time you read this message we will have remembered Anzac Day. Regular readers of this message would be aware that it is usually written on a Sunday evening, and once again this is so. 

RAY COLLINS: Combined Newcastle Schools ANZAC Commemoration IMAGE Opinion & Comment

RAY COLLINS: Combined Newcastle Schools ANZAC Commemoration

April 26, 2016 Comments Ray Collins

As we welcome everyone back to the second term of the school year, I am struck by the fact that the commemoration of our ANZAC traditions has bookended our term one school holidays. Term one ended with schools engaging in various activities to honour our servicemen and servicewomen, and our return to school and commencement of Term 2 follows the commemoration services held in our communities.  

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Amoris Laetitia - Love and family IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Amoris Laetitia - Love and family

April 19, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

In John’s Gospel which we read last weekend, Jesus charges Peter with looking after and feeding his lambs and sheep.  In this week’s very short Gospel from John, Jesus impels us to listen to his voice and to follow:

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: L'Arche Australia - A community of relationship IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: L'Arche Australia - A community of relationship

April 12, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

On the third Sunday of Easter, we encounter the disciples of Jesus, attempting to return to their old lives. Their hope in Jesus being the Messiah was abandoned as they returned to fishing. Their fear, grief and shock took them back to the way they were.

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Break Open the Tomb IMAGE Opinion & Comment

TUESDAYS WITH TERESA: Break Open the Tomb

April 05, 2016 Comments Teresa Brierley

On Tuesday 29th March, while eating my breakfast and reading The Newcastle Herald, in the Business section I came across an article, “Having the right tribe is key to success”, written by Belinda Smith, a freelance writer and former Telstra Young Businesswoman of the Year.