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My Journey through loss and grief

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This week marks 10 years since my husband Don passed away. Family and friends have joined the Community with me this evening to think about and remember Don on this anniversary in a special way.  I remember him as a beautiful partner who I shared my life with for 40 years.  I remember his gentle […]

Burning Hearts Burn Beyond

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Earlier in our gospel of Matthew (14:14) Jesus on seeing a great multitude was moved with compassion, so much so that he heal their sick and then fed the multitude bread and fish as a response to their suffering. Buddha, approximately two and a half thousand years ago, said, I teach suffering, its origin, cessation […]

INDIA- PHYSICAL SUFFERING

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  First thing that hits me Arriving back at Brisbane airport Is how clean the air is How quiet the street How blue the sky How clean the surrounds It’s as if I’ve been living under a veil all these years in clean Australia   “I wake suddenly and reach for my phone to check […]

Radical Acceptance

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Today I’ve chosen to speak about Radical Acceptance. Letting go into life. In order to illustrate this I would like to share a little about two men. The first one, Terry O’Dea, a long term member of our community who died last week, and a man called Jacob. Terry was a great teller and sharer […]

THE GOD WITHIN

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  I have always loved the story of the little boy who was sitting in his bedroom and drawing on a piece of paper. His mother walks in and says: “So what are you drawing?” He replies: “I’m drawing a picture of God.” His mother says: “But no-one knows what God looks like.” And he […]

I walk down another street. (Facing our Pain)

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  Love and Fear (Michael Leunig) There are only two feelings                  Love and Fear There are only two languages              Love and Fear There are only two activities                Love and Fear There are only two motives, two procedures, two frameworks, two results Love and Fear                                             Love and Fear Life has lately challenged me to reflect on […]

STILLING THE MIND

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Last week I had the good fortune of being able to get away for a retreat. On the retreat of the many stories that the teachers related one that stays with me is about the cartoon character HAGAR THE HORRIBLE. Remember when we had newspapers, or people used to buy them, HAGAR THE HORRIBLE was […]

Heather Jan Easton

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Hello everyone; the homily today is for my sister, Heather Jan Easton and the repercussions her death has had on my family for the past forty-two years. It was 10 December 1974 when Heather fell to her death from a rock massif in Lamington National Park called “Lost World”. It gets this name because the […]

Refugees and our responsibility as a nation

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When introducing last year’s Australian Bishops’ social justice statement, Bishop Vincent Long, himself a refugee, and a boat person, wrote: Australia rose to the challenge in the past with its generous embrace of migrants and refugees. It proved itself especially courageous during the Indochinese exodus and accepted an unprecedented number of Asian refugees … .We […]

A Community with a Plurality of Beliefs

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‘I found within my narrative interviews with parishioners that there is such a vast plurality of beliefs within the community that the uniting factor is practice (what you do is more important than what you believe)’  Jessica Garrahy