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Wednesday, 01 December 2021 11:55

Moments with Mary #3

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In case you missed it, Taylor Swift released new music last week, much to the delight of her fans and the likely dismay of her exes, who generally get a bit of a roasting in her catchy tunes of love and loss.

In certain circles, the release of her re-recorded version of the RED album was significant, as it further devalues her original recordings, which are owned by a nemesis of Taylor’s. It also marked the release of a longer version of the crowd-favourite song, All Too Well, widely known to be about the short-lived romance, and subsequent break up, of Taylor and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, a song famed because of the overwhelming audience reaction whenever Taylor performs it live.

Thursday, 04 November 2021 07:00

Sing with all your Heart

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Have you ever found yourself singing along to a song in the company of another, only to find them looking at you rather strangely and trying to suppress their laughter? Some might experience this if they have a not so in-tune singing voice, but here I am thinking about those times when we catch someone singing along to a song with the words all wrong. Often these words we are singing may make little sense, but we are so used to singing them and are so sure they are the actual words that we continue to belt them out at the top of our lungs.

Sunday, 17 October 2021 07:00

Songs I Love #5 - Seasons of Love

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Have you ever counted, or wondered how minutes there are in a year? One of the great things about the song Seasons of Love from the musical Rent is that it gives you an instant answer to a common trivia question without needing to pull out a calculator. The song tells us several times that there are 525,600 minutes in a year. The song ponders how we can measure a year, whether it be in minutes, daylights, sunsets, midnights, cups of coffees, inches, miles, laughter or strife.

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Did you know that FOMO is a real word? An acronym for Fear Of Missing Out, FOMO was added to the Oxford dictionary back in 2013. It describes the experience of anxiety at the thought that exciting and interesting things might be happening elsewhere, and that you aren’t able to be a part of it. Many of us know the experience of feeling disconnected to a group of people who start to reminisce about something important or trivial, funny or solemn, exciting or otherwise of which we have not been a part.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021 07:00

How to get out of a spiritual funk?

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Are you feeling a bit weary, lethargic and out of sorts at the moment?  Lockdown, lack of access to the sacraments, decreased opportunities to gather face-to-face and being out of normal spiritual routines can leave us feeling flat and in what I’d describe as a bit of a spiritual funk that feels hard to shake off.

Monday, 20 September 2021 07:00

Moments with Mary #2

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Here is the next blog in our Moments with Mary series

When I was a little girl of 8 or 9 years old my dad spent some time working in France. On one of his trips, he visited Lourdes and brough back some Holy Water for my sisters and me. I heard about the miracles that had happened in Lourdes and desired one of my own. I have worn glasses since I can remember, and back when I was in primary school, I was one of the only kids who did, meaning I would often get teased for it.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 07:00

Words of Love

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Even though I may sometimes struggle to get out of bed in the mornings, especially on cold winter days, I know that it is a gift to be able to rise early and spend the first part of my day with Jesus. I love being able to sit in silence with him, simply enjoying his presence, listening for his voice and allowing this to transform me.

Wednesday, 08 September 2021 07:00

All things Holy Spirit #1

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Did you hear about the retreat we ran leading up to Pentecost?

Have a read to learn more - with a bonus reflection about lsitening to the Holy Spirit.

Friday, 03 September 2021 07:00

Mission Snapshots #1

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Wondering what the sisters have been up to?

 

Here are some mission snapshots from pre-lockdown adventures in Twnsville and Milton.

Monday, 23 August 2021 07:00

Moments with Mary #1

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We are beginning a new series on our blog - Moments with Mary. In this first installment, we share something Therese originally wrote for our newsletter about Mary and obedience.

You may or may not have heard that recently I have been elected as leader of the MGL Sisters. Whilst I am humbled and honoured to serve the sisters, I am a little overwhelmed and truly relying on God’s grace to carry me through the next four years. We do have an AMAZING group of very capable, gifted, and beautiful women which eases my apprehension regarding the leadership role.   

Thursday, 19 August 2021 07:06

Songs I Love #4 - Someone's Waiting For You

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Have a read of the latest blog in the Songs I Love series - Angela shares with us about a childhood favourite and how it encourages her in her journey with God even now. 

 

COVID became as real as can be when my Dad tested positive recently. God’s gift in this experience was a new bravery and courage, one I never knew I could ever have. The reality of not being able to care for him physically, not being there for my family full-time, and the possibility of death, created a sense of loss and helplessness. But like a fearful little child, I cried out loud to God and stretched my arms, asking him to carry me.

Sunday, 08 August 2021 07:00

3 ways to keep walking

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Now that National Vocations Awareness Week is drawing to a close, it may be helpful to take a minute to think about how God might be calling you to keep walking, that is, to keep journeying with him and asking the big questions about what he is calling you to in your life.

 

Saturday, 07 August 2021 07:07

3 ways Mary has journeyed with me

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In a time of discernment, it is a gift to have Mary by our side. Today Rachel shares 3 ways Mary has journeyed with her. 

Wednesday, 04 August 2021 07:00

3 pillars of MGL life

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It fits well with our '3' theme. We have '3' pillars in our MGL life, and today Katherine shares about the gift of prayer, sisterhood and mission - as well as a mystery 4th pillar.

Tuesday, 27 July 2021 07:00

If I were an Olympian

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I grew up loving watching the Olympics whenever it was on TV. I always thought it would be amazing to be able to go and compete and would dream about being in multiple events as a superstar swimmer, fearless diver, graceful gymnast or high-flying pole-vaulter. Now this was never going to happen, and I knew this even as a child, because my talents definitely do not lie in any area remotely connected to any sport you can participate in at the Olympics.

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In the 2019 Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit, Pope Francis opened by writing, ‘The very first words that I would like to say to every young Christian are these: Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive’. (CV 1) I believe these words are significant because at the heart of discerning and discovering a vocation is the reality that we can only truly be alive when we discover ourselves in God, and choose to walk with faith, joy and trust along the path which he leads us.

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On my recent retreat, I was led to pray with the story of the raising of the daughter of Jairus. I had an image where I pictured Jesus and Mary placing their hands on my head and saying the words to me, ‘Talitha Cum’, that is, little girl, get up. But before I share my reflections, have a read of the story.

Thursday, 24 June 2021 07:00

Songs I Love #3

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You will have to be of a certain generation to know who Psalty the Singing Songbook is – and if you were to just see a picture, you might find him rather scary looking. If you are wondering who Psalty is, then think an early 80’s version of Veggie Tales – songs for kids to encounter Jesus and discover faith. I think I received my first Psalty album for my first communion and I loved it. I would sit at the cassette player and listen to it over and over, singing along (in an American accent just like Psalty) and also reciting by rote all the dialogue between songs.

Friday, 18 June 2021 07:00

Questions for God #2

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In the blog we shared last week, I talked about journaling as a way of prayer after discovering the dictate function on my laptop. Now there are many ways we can journal but last week I shared the idea of asking God a question and listening for his response. If you haven't had the chance to read that, you might want to check it out before you read this one.

Thursday, 10 June 2021 07:00

Questions for God #1

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I've just found the dictate function on my new laptop so I'm starting out by speaking this blog rather than typing it. However, it got me thinking - I wonder how accurate it can be. So far it hasn't managed any punctuation, but it's typed exactly what I've said. I simply gone back and added the punctuation just so it is possible for you to read. And you know what I'm thinking now - just imagine if the words that started to appear on the screen we're not mine, but God's answers to my questions that I have for him at this time.

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On Saturday May 29, two of Rosie's brothers - Stephen and Daniel - were ordained to the Priesthood. Here, in a reflection originally written for Catholic Outlook, Rosie shares about her own joy celebrating this day.

Eleven years ago, my brothers Daniel and Stephen surprised most of my family, including myself, by announcing they were joining a religious order, the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity. While I’ve had over a decade to get my head around the reality that two of the six brothers I’ve played sport and board games with and done farm chores alongside, and even occasionally fought with, were preparing to become priests, it was still surreal watching them be ordained.

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Imagine the best view you have ever seen… where were you and what did you see?

Were you sitting on a beach and watching the constancy of the waves as they constantly broke upon the shore?

Had you climbed a mountain, rising to the top and looking out to see a panoramic view of trees, rivers, hills, cities and more?

Were you watching a sunrise or sunset, awestruck by the colours?

Tuesday, 25 May 2021 07:00

A Conversation with God

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I have been particularly seeking to hear more from the Holy Spirit – the voice of God. I was on my 3-day solitude facing hectares of land of green trees and hills at Mt Carmel where the MGL Sisters in Sydney live.  It was a lovely, sunny day and was the second day of my solitude. God had been silent, but I was not worried about it because when I go on solitude, I always expect a conversation with him regarding what is on my heart or a particular situation in my life.

 

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