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News and Blog

Sunday, 02 August 2020 07:00

Let the Adventure of Love begin now

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Today marks the beginning of National Vocations Awareness Week. In this short video, Mel explains what it is all about. Spend some time in prayer and keep connected with us this week as we will be posting content every day - blogs, videos, sister stories, discernment tips and more. We will be praying for you!

Friday, 31 July 2020 07:00

Unwrapping the Gift of St Ignatius

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Today (July 31) is the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola. He is one of the ten saints that we as MGL Sisters take as our patrons. He has left some timeless gifts to the church, no doubt inspiring many people down through the ages to discover God in new and life-changing ways. Here are just three of them – note to reader - this blog is a little longer than usual, but St Ignatius has so much to offer us that I felt it necessary to share each one of these gifts with you…..

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If you live in Melbourne like me, then you are currently in Lockdown 2, with the added requirement to wear a mask whenever you leave your house. I was reflecting on this and it brought a wry smile to my face – not that you could see it because of my mask. Why a smile?  - because perhaps, you, like me, have heard many people say that as we journey in our life with Jesus, it is essential to take off the masks we wear so that we can embrace who God is calling us to be.

Thursday, 23 July 2020 07:00

I Wonder - A Reflection on Mark 8:22-26

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Praying imaginatively with Scripture is a gift. Grab your bible and read the story of the blind man being healed in Mark 8:22-26. Then slowly and prayerfully read through the reflection, pausing where the Spirit leads you to stop awhile. 

Thursday, 16 July 2020 07:00

The Cross and Flame - Part 1

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As MGL Sisters, when we take our Initial Vows, we begin to wear the Cross and Flame - a symbol that speaks deeply of our charism and the life we have chosen to live. In this two-part series, Sarah-Jane unpacks the impact of the Cross and Flame for her life. This first part focusses on the cross. 

Thursday, 02 July 2020 07:00

The Gift of Musicals

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You may have seen Facebook and other social media that a current ‘challenge’ is for people to post covers of music albums that have shaped or influenced them in some way. Such posts always seem to include a line which says something like, ‘no explanations, just album covers’. Since this is a blog and not a social media post as such, I am going to take up the idea and talk about musicals I love, but buck the system by giving an explanation.

Thursday, 25 June 2020 07:00

The Wonder of Words #1 - Gokotta

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Recently, I read a book called What a Wonderful Word (written by Nicola Edwards and Luisa Uribe). Basically, it brought together a collection of words from other languages which cannot be easily translated into English. Several of them struck me, for both comedic relief and for deeper reflection. For instance, in Finland there are apparently a whole host of words related to reindeer. One that caught my eye is poronkusema – defined as the distance a reindeer can walk before needing the toilet.

Saturday, 20 June 2020 13:48

Grief, Time and the Holy Spirit

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Exploring areas here in Canberra these past months has been part of this exciting, new Godventure I call transition. Funnily enough, in my walks, in driving around- I always get lost. I have been reflecting on a particular experience when I got lost, and looking up to check the street name I read where I was - Grieve Place. I read it again, and then it struck me. God wanted to speak to me about something and this was where the Holy Spirit led my feet.

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Keen for a hug? Maybe a good book will do… Finding it hard to read lately? Need something inspiring to get you off a screen? Keen for some recommended titles? Here’s five uplifting easy-reads to wrap yourself up in.

Tuesday, 05 May 2020 09:26

Julie's vocation story

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Mabuhay! (Be Alive) It has been a great blessing to me to be with the Missionaries of God’s Love Sisters for seven years now.  My yes to consecrated life was a slow journey. It all started from my spark of interest in joining a choir in our parish. I was a rather a desperate singer, and out-of-tune when I was a child, but I eventually became a choir leader for three choirs for around eleven years. I had thought that I just wanted to become a singer for mass and weddings but things turned out to be beyond that.

Friday, 01 May 2020 07:00

Enjoying God in S-T-R-E-T-C-H-Y dough

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Recently as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I saw a recipe to make stretchy dough. Perhaps it was my pre-Sisters history as a childcare worker that came out, but my immediate response was a desire to make some as soon as possible. The particular recipe I found had two ingredients – cornflour and hair conditioner, so I pulled out a bowl and a few short minutes and green food colour later, I had myself some stretchy dough. I began kneading it with my hands, its softness and coconut scent bringing my senses alive.

Thursday, 30 April 2020 09:48

Fan the Flame - Faithful

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Here is the next video in our Fan the Flame series - In this time of uncertainty, Sarah-Jane explores the faithfulness of God as an anchor that can carry us through.

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Like many of you, I’ve seen lots of advice about how to cope in the times we find ourselves in.  Some of it I’ve found extremely helpful and practical, but in another way, I’ve found it a bit overwhelming to have so many ideas and expectations about how to live ‘the new normal’.

I’ve also seen that sometimes the advice doesn’t factor in the differing nature of people’s experiences: while some have welcomed greater time due to lessened pressures and commitments, for others the pressure and demands on them are positively skyrocketing and increasing stress.

Thursday, 23 April 2020 09:19

The Corona Plot Twist

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Have you ever had the experience of watching a movie as it nears the end, and being certain of how the story will finish – only to witness a major plot twist that changes everything. Suddenly the story continues and then ends in a way that you did not see coming. A range of emotions including surprise, joy, anger and confusion may follow.

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The Second Sunday of Easter, now known as Divine Mercy Sunday, takes us deeper into the Paschal Mystery: the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus for our salvation. We’re invited in the Sunday’s gospel passage to join “doubting” Thomas in touching the wounds in the Body of Jesus and entering more deeply into belief.

Saturday, 18 April 2020 10:15

April 2020 Newsletter

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Catch up on all the latest news from the MGL Sisters

Tuesday, 14 April 2020 07:00

Easter became real when....

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In this Easter Octave, Angela her testimony of Easter becoming real....

Easter Sunday has been a unique celebration this year. We normally visit churches, go to mass, and participate in Easter liturgies but this year we had an Easter celebration on screen. But even though we are only together virtually, even though we are unable to reach out in comfort through physical touch, we are very much encouraged that the gift of touch is not denied of us. Why? Because we can still touch hearts as we celebrate Easter from home.

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HAPPY EASTER - HE IS RISEN

A reflection on the experience of Mary.

Saturday, 11 April 2020 07:00

Mary Speaks - the ache of waiting

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Ever wondered what it might have been like for Mary on Holy Saturday - in her time of waiting?

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There are many aspects of the Passion which we can reflect on over the course of this day. What follows is a reflection on what the scourging might have been like from Mary's perspective.

Saturday, 11 April 2020 17:00

Stations of the Cross

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Stuck in isolation and wishing you could participate in the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at your local parish?

Let's not miss out on this beautiful opportunity to share in the passion of Jesus.

Join with the sisters and friends to enter into prayer in this beautiful way on Good Friday

Thursday, 09 April 2020 06:00

Peter Speaks - Holy Thursday

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Tonight marks the entry into the Easter Triduum. As you prepare for this, here is a reflection from the perspective of Peter who found himself sleeping when Jesus had asked him to stay awake. 

Wednesday, 08 April 2020 07:00

An Onlooker Speaks - Wednesday of Holy Week

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Our Holy Week reflections continue today as we spend time with one of he onlookers who witnessed Jesus as he endures his journey to Calvary.

Tuesday, 07 April 2020 13:17

Fan the Flame - Crowning

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As Lent draws to a close, Kathryn reminds us that none of what we do will be wasted. Every good work will receiving its ultimate crowning by God. Also, SHE BUILT A WELL! 

Tuesday, 07 April 2020 07:00

Simon Speaks - Tuesday of Holy Week

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Over the course of Holy Week, we will be sharing some reflections with you, narrated from the point of view of different characters caught up in the unfolding drama of the Passion of Jesus. Today, we reflect with Simon of Cyrene. 

Monday, 06 April 2020 07:00

Pilate Speaks - Monday of Holy Week

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 Over the course of Holy Week, we will be sharing some reflections with you, narrated from the point of view of different characters caught up in the unfolding drama of the Passion of Jesus. Today, we reflect with Pilate. 

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 19:18

Three things I know in these days

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As I was watching faithful parishioners setting up chairs for an outdoor Mass on the last Sunday when we could do these things, it somehow made me think of the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand.  I looked it up later (Jn 6:1-13) and, reflecting on it, found it fit our context better than I'd thought.  "The time of the Jewish Passover was near" - or Easter, in our case - and people are hungry...  In particular, I was struck by three things:

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Here is number 5 in our series on the MGL Prayer - And a thirst for the salvation of all men and women

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Here is the fourth in our series - A burning zeal to spread the good news of the Kingdom

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Here is the third is our series on our MGL Prayer - An enduring desire to do the Father's will......

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Today we continue with our reflections on out MGL Prayer - today we move onto Enflame us with a deep hunger for prayer.

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As MGL Sisters, we pray our MGL prayer each day. Our new blog series will take this prayer line by line as a way of sharing the gift of our life. Today, we start with Lord Jesus, send the fire of your Spirit into our hearts.....

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 13:51

Let Lent 2020 change you

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You are most likely aware that Lent starts tomorrow. And perhaps you have already considered what you want to take on or give up in order to strengthen your relationship with Jesus as we again prepare to celebrate the great mystery of his death and resurrection.

Whether you have or haven’t, Pope Francis has just released his Lenten message for this year, and it is filled with pearls of wisdom which may just inspire you as you consider what Lent will look like for you this year.

Saturday, 28 September 2019 07:00

The Puzzle of Life: Journeying with others

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I have always loved doing jigsaw puzzles, perhaps because I enjoy the challenge. However, on a deeper level, I have spent time pondering the parallels between my journey of faith and the process of piecing together a puzzle. I also see it as an apt metaphor for what it means for me to journey with others.

Whenever I complete a puzzle, the image I choose is one that is attractive to me in some way given that I will spend hours poring over the pieces. Yet the puzzle of life is different, for the image it bears cannot be chosen or fully seen. Instead, it is an rich unfolding tapestry of joys, sorrows, challenges, blessings, dreams, possibilities, hopes and fears, some of which have already taken place and some of which are yet to be, some of which we are aware and can articulate, and others which lie hidden, meaning that we need others to help us discover and understand them.  I believe this to be true for my own life, just as much as for people who I journey alongside in life.

Monday, 03 February 2020 07:00

Discerning with Pizza

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Not so long ago as I enjoyed a pizza with a friend, I was struck by how good the base of this pizza was – just the right thickness, crispy and delicious. Without it, the toppings would have fallen everywhere and made a mess. As I ate, I began to realise that this was a great metaphor for discernment.

Friday, 24 January 2020 07:00

Drawn into the Mystery

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Writing an icon is a reverent, unhurried process of becoming absorbed into the subject in such a way that the Holy Spirit gradually “writes” the scriptural mystery in our own spirit. It then slowly emerges on the board in such a way as to capture the contemplative gaze of the onlooker, and hopefully then draws them into the same mystery.

Monday, 20 January 2020 07:00

Art as an expression for prayer

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Painting is both fun and an expression of prayer. Using colour to re-create the beauty I see around me or make visible the pictures formed in my imagination is magic! It’s a participation in the creative power of God. Painting becomes contemplative when I use it to express what I’ve experienced in prayer.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 07:00

Prayer that knows no bounds

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As Missionaries of God’s Love Sisters, we have a heart for intercession. Intercession is praying on behalf of people, situations and for our world. We cry out to God, asking for His grace to bring peace, hope, healing, life, provision, protection, whatever it is that may be needed. In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis says, “intercession is like a leaven in the heart of the Trinity”. Prayer brings transformation. We pray in intercession to our Father, through Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We also ask for the help of our friends in Heaven, the Saints. 

Saturday, 11 January 2020 07:00

The Transforming Power of Praise

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Whether we are at home with the Sisters or in the context of our community Disciples of Jesus, praise is one of my favourite ways of praying. In praising God I am reminded about the fundamentals of what I believe and no matter what is happening or how I feel the reality is that God is Good and worthy of praise.

Monday, 06 January 2020 07:00

Music and my Maker

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Music has always had a great deal of power in my life. It helps me remember things, it changes my mood, and I can’t help singing when a chance comment triggers a song! On retreat a few years ago I was impatiently wondering when I was going to become the holy woman trusting in God that I longed to be. I was sitting on the beach and I felt God speaking to me through the coastline before me, that had been shaped over millions of years.

Wednesday, 01 January 2020 07:00

2020 Dreaming with God

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There is nothing like New Year’s Day to remind us of the gift of new beginnings. 2020 has begun. It is common for many people at this time to make New Year’s Resolutions, probably because this practice has some value in helping us re-set, take time to reflect on what matters for us, and to consider the path forward in the year to come. When we consider our Christian journey, it makes sense that we would find a way to include God in this, so that we reflect on not only our own hopes and dreams, but God’s hopes and dreams for us.

Wednesday, 25 December 2019 07:00

Childhood Christmas Memories

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Christmas is a very special time for our family. Our tradition was always staying at our Grandparents house, along with the rest of our family. On Christmas Eve we would go to the local park for a BBQ. The night included singing Christmas carols, taking a tour of the houses decorated in Christmas lights in the back of a fire truck, as well as waiting for Father Christmas to make a last minute visit.

Tuesday, 24 December 2019 06:00

Tomorrow I Will Come

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On this Christmas Eve, we invite you to take some time to reflect on the gift of our Saviour, whose birth we celebrae tomorrow.

Monday, 23 December 2019 07:00

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Saturday, 21 December 2019 07:00

'O Rising Sun' - The 'O' Antiphons Day 5

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Day 5 of the 'O' Antiphon reflections

O Rising Sun you are the splendor of eternal light and the sun of justice. O come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Friday, 20 December 2019 07:00

'O Key of David' - The 'O' Antiphons Day 4

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We are halfway through this time of reflecting on the 'O' Antiphons.

O key of David and sceptre of Israel, what you open no one else can close again; what you close no one can open. O come to lead the captive from prison, free those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Thursday, 19 December 2019 07:00

'O Root of Jesse' - The 'O' Antiphons Day 3

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O root of Jesse, you stand as a signal for the nations and kings fall silent before you whom the people acclaim. O come to deliver us and do not delay.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019 07:00

'O Adonai' - The 'O' Antiphons Day 2

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Our journey through Advent with the 'O' Antiphons continues.

 

O Adonai and leader of Israel, you appeared to Moses in a burning bush and you gave him the Law on Sinai. O come and save us with your mighty power.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 07:00

'O Wisdom' - The 'O' Antiphons Day 1

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Are you seeking a way to deepen in prayer in these last days of Advent? The 'O' Antiphons are a beautiful gift to prepare our hearts and minds for Christmas. 

O Wisdom, you come forth from the mouth of the Most High. You fill the universe and hold all things together in a strong yet gentle manner. O come to teach us the way of truth.

Friday, 13 December 2019 07:00

December 2019 Newsletter

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Have a read of our latest newsletter

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 07:00

Is Advent flying for you?

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Unlike Lent which gives us 6 weeks to settle into the idea that there are things in our lives which need our attention, during Advent we only have 4 weeks to prepare. This means that action needs to take place immediately for the season not to be consumed by presents and the celebrations that typically lead up to Christmas.

Getting ready for something takes planning and serious consideration. We are invited to prepare as Mary too got ready for the final weeks of her pregnancy. Mary had to prepare for the birth of her child and make a journey to Bethlehem. I don’t envy her making this journey whilst being heavily pregnant. The ultimate birthplace of Jesus was a stable, probably not what she imagined as the perfect place.

 

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Want to know all the inside information on the Amazing Race adventure that God took Judy and Therese on.....

 

Who would have thought God would get us on television on The Amazing Race Australia. We look for creative ways to share the Gospel, but this was a wild card straight from God. When the idea was suggested to me, I thought immediately that it might be from God because Therese was due to go on a three-month sabbatical at the same time as they proposed to send two MGL sisters, all expenses paid, around the world on a televised travel adventure.

Tuesday, 03 December 2019 07:00

5 questions to ask as Advent begins

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Anyone who has been near a shopping centre since the beginning of October would know that Christmas is on the way. There has been trees and decorations, wrapping paper and gift suggestions, as well as carols and lights. In addition to this, a cursory glance at a social media feed often reveals how many days are left, more often than not as a reminder to get to the shops and spend big.

Yet surely there is something more, for preparations for Christmas are not just about food, presents and decorations. Surely we cannot really be prepared for Christmas unless we also prepare ourselves spiritually. The birth of Jesus is a profound gift, and in her wisdom, the Church gives us the season of Advent to prepare to receive this gift in a greater way than ever before.

Monday, 25 November 2019 07:00

God called me...... A story from Kathryn

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Each of our sisters has a different story of how God has called them to the MGLs. This blog features Kathryn's story of life, love and adventure. 

 

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This may surprise you, but us MGL Sisters weren’t always MGL Sisters.  Once upon a time we were all just single women on the same path of discernment as you.  And we know all the little signs that mean there may be a little calling to the Sisters stirring in your heart…

Saturday, 16 November 2019 07:00

Swirl Searching - Discovering who we are

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It started as a cheeky addition to my artwork. I was in an art class with the girls in youth justice when it happened. I do not claim to be particularly talented, so the majority of the 'art' I do consists of experiments with colour and pattern, but I was rather enjoying my swirly swirls as they were somehow becoming mesmerizing to me. But then I moved across the room to talk to one of the girls, leaving my burgeoning artwork alone. I returned not long after to see one of the girls smiling at me, with the kind of look that says, 'hmm when will you realise why I am looking at you this way'. I glanced down and saw that she had added a swirl to my picture, but to my 'alarm' it was distinctively different for she had drawn it in a black marker.

2019.68.Do you wear brown pyjamas.BT 160X160Whenever we meet people for the first time, they are often really curious about our life as a new group of consecrated women. And fair enough – choosing to live in a household of adult women, forgoing marriage, babies, fashion and make-up and giving your life so that the world may know that God loves them is certainly not your average lifestyle choice. So, here’s our answers to all those questions you may have had about the Sisters.

 

Friday, 08 November 2019 07:00

God Called Me.... A story from Berna

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Each sister had a diferent journey into the MGL Sisters. In this blog, Berna shares a realisation that you can discern your direction all you like, but there will come a moment when you need to put aside your fears and doubts and just jump.

Monday, 04 November 2019 07:00

If I had a brown skirt??

 

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I got a card from my almost-six year old niece this week – she asked me “if I had a brown skirt, could I come to your house?’ It got me thinking – how am I going to answer this particular question when I send her a card in return….. here is what I think I will say. (Note to reader - we are re[publishing his blog - Emme is now 10!)

 

Thursday, 31 October 2019 10:18

What does it mean to be EXTRAORDINARY?

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Today marks the end of the Extraordinary Month of Mission – and the MGL Sisters sure have had many adventures with God. There has been the excitement and adventures of The Amazing Race which has been a highlight for sure, not just for Judy and Therese, but for all of us as we have seen the positive impact and opportunities it is opening up for us to encounter more people and share with them the gift of the love of God. I think God’s timing in this show coming out in this Extraordinary Month of Mission is pretty amazing.

Friday, 25 October 2019 07:00

Mission Snapshot #6: Love beyond Language

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The final mission snapshot comes from Kat's experience in the Philippines! 

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 07:00

Mission Snapshot #5: DSM Adventures

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Today's mission snapshot is a collection of stories from some of the Disciples School of Mission (DSM) trips. The MGL Sisters minister alongside our MGL brothers and members of the Disciples of Jesus community to form and equip young people for mission!

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For me, imagining living our life of mission without a life of prayer is like trying to imagine waves crashing into the shore without the expanse of ocean behind it.

As MGLs, our life of ministry is like the waves in this image I've just used.  It's often the most obvious, visible and exciting-looking part of our life.  We spend our days relating with all kinds of people, speaking at youth events, planning mission opportunities for young people and visiting prisons, hospitals and people in need.  Often our ministry takes us interstate, sometimes overseas, sometimes speaking before large groups of people or on stages with big lights or cameras, or excitedly standing by as the action unfolds. Sometimes we see the glimpse of the amazing work God is doing in the person before us as we accompany them or meet with them for spiritual direction.

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Today, our mission snapshot comes from Mel's ministry with young people in custody.

Friday, 11 October 2019 07:00

Mission Snapshot #3: The Journey of RCIA

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Another mission snapshot....

For many years I have worked with those living on the margins of society, hearing their stories and seeing how God can work even in the direst of circumstances. Now the time has come where I have the privilege of walking with those who are preparing for Baptism and entry into the Church through the Sacrament of Confirmation at St Benedict’s Parish, Burwood.

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Here is another snapshot of mission - this time Rosie shares about her work with the young people of Parramatta.

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Throughout the month of October, we will share some snapshots of some of the missiobn we are involved in as MGL sisters. Today, Rachel tells us about the ministry in Canberra in a long-stay caravan park. 

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God gifts each one of us with the life that is best for us. Can you see the gift of God in your life at present? The particular gift given of each group in religious life is called our charism. Charism means a gift freely and graciously given, a grace. In MGL, our charism is about sharing God’s love through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. We want to express God’s intimate and personal love for each person through the way we relate and what we do and say. We know that the most potent sign of God’s love is Jesus crucified out of merciful love and that a simple, clear and pertinent proclamation of the gospel can open a person’s life to an extraordinary new perspective. When we experience or realise God’s intimate love for us it can change everything.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 07:00

Is that Present for Me?

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It wasn’t quite the greeting my sister expected.  No hello, no hug, not even any eye contact, because the excited little birthday girl could not take her eyes off the bulging bag in my sister’s hand containing the all-important present (a Frozen hoodie none-the-less).  ”Is that present for ME?” was thus the greeting she received from the wide-eyed child.

Thursday, 19 September 2019 18:53

Sharing the Gift - Consecrated Life Weekends

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To state the obvious, we as MGL Sisters love the opportunity to share about the gift of consecrated life and the privilege that it is to be able to live our lives in this way. One of the most beautiful opportunities we get each year is our Consecrated Life Weekends.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 07:00

Keep the Fire Burning: Nehemiah's muddy water

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Today we have another installment in the series of blogs which encourages us to be inspired by the stories in the scriptures which feature fire. We turn to the story of Nehemiah, a faith filed man who no doubt helped many see the gift of muddy water.

Wednesday, 04 September 2019 07:00

God Called Me.... A Story from Katherine

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Today, Katherine shares a story about her love for her favourite saint - who jsut happens to be one of our patrons.

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Over the weeks since Pentecost, we have been journeying with key people in scripture who had powerful experiences with fire. So far, we have reflected with Abraham, Moses, the wandering Israelites and Isaiah. Today, we turn our attention to Elijah for inspiration.  

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 07:00

Sprinkled With Love - Gifts from Jesus

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Whether you loved sprinkles as a kid or not (and even if you still do), this blog shares a great way to pray imaginatively with Jesus. Check it out.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 07:00

Keep the Fire Burning: Isaiah's Burning Coals

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Just after Pentecost we began some blog posts about keeping the fire burning. These traced the story and experience of key people in scripture who had powerful experiences with fire. So far, we have reflected with Abraham, Moses and the wandering Israelites. Today, we turn our attention to Isaiah to see how his experience of being anointed with a coal upon his lips can inspire us in today’s world.

Sunday, 11 August 2019 07:00

Where are you going?

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As National Vocations Week draws to a close, we encourage you to spend some time with Jesus - ponder the question - Where are you going? He has an amazing plan for you - take some leaps of faith today!

Saturday, 10 August 2019 07:00

God Called Me .... A Story from Rachel

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Today we hear a story from Rachel - she shares about how she was drawn from a career in marketing to consecrated life.

Friday, 09 August 2019 07:00

Discernment Tip 3: Find a Guide

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Here is another great tip for discerning your vocation.

Its not easy to know the direction you are meant to take in life. Its normal to find this daunting and Pope Francis acknowledges this when he compares this to the vital job of a helmsman keeping a ship going in the right direction. You need help to know how to follow what God is showing you through your life. You were never meant to do that discerning on your own.

Thursday, 08 August 2019 07:00

God Called Me.... A Story from Patti Jo

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People often ask us how experiences from other times in our lives have strengthened us to live our call as MGL Sisters. Here, Patti shares an example of that from her life. 

Wednesday, 07 August 2019 07:00

Discernment Tip 2: Take a Step

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Here is another tip - it is really a whole heap of great ideas all rolled into one - there are so many ways to take a step in your discernment.

Tuesday, 06 August 2019 07:00

God Called Me..... A story from Rosie

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Our sisters have a broad range of experiences which helped them to discern their call to consecrated life. Today, Rosie shares with us a great story from her life which contributed to her realising that God had chosen her for this life.

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People who are discerning often ask us for some tips to help. Today, Therese shares about the importance of geting to know Jesus.

Sunday, 04 August 2019 07:15

Are you alive?

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Today marks the beginning of National Vocations Awareness Week. Over the ensuing days, we will celebrate this by posting a blog every day. There will be reflections from Christus Vivit, stories from sisters and discernment tips.

Today, Mel introduces this for us.

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 06:00

Unwrapping the Gift of Ignatius

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Today (July 31) is the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola. He is one of the ten saints that we as MGL Sisters take as our patrons. He has left some timeless gifts to the church, no doubt inspiring many people down through the ages to discover God in new and life-changing ways. Here are just four of them – note to reader - this blog is a little longer than usual, but St Ignatius has so much to offer us that I felt it necessary to share each one of these gifts with you…..

Wednesday, 24 July 2019 06:00

Crunchy White Bread with Lashings of Butter

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“… we will have bread to offer that is warm from the oven of our own intimacy with God”.

One of my favourite things to eat is hot, fresh, crunchy, white bread with lashings of butter, even more so when it is dipped in some creamy pumpkin soup on a cold winters day. It has a way of warming my insides, and is for me, a simple experience of joy.

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  1. This time, we turn to the wandering Israelites, lead and encouraged by a pillar of fire.

Tuesday, 09 July 2019 06:00

Two Cappuccinos Please

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In my life before joining the sisters I was a barista – well I never officially trained as one, but in the café that I worked during high school and university I spent many shifts making cappuccinos, flat whites, mochas, hot chocolates, long blacks and more. Believe it or not, my job making coffees has many great life lessons not just for sisters but for anyone, whether or not you are an avid coffee drinker.

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Recently I have been spending my down time re-reading some of my favourite books from when I was growing up. I’ve enjoyed some of the adventures of the Famous Five as they climb through caves, catch smugglers and go away for a week by themselves in a horse drawn caravan. I have reminiscently climbed the Magic Faraway Tree, visiting Silky and Moon Face and discovering the lands of Tea Parties and Secrets. I’ve been to boarding school at Trebizon, hoping alongside Tish and Rebecca that their school will win the hockey and tennis tournament and that they will all end up in the same boarding house, and I have entered the magical land of Terebithia with Jesse and Leslie as they build the treehouse of their dreams and frequently escape to their fantasy world where anything is possible.

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Two years ago, Kathryn and I (Mel) attended a weeklong retreat experience with 10 other young people aimed at exploring and deepening in the gift of the Holy Spirit. It was led by Jim Murphy. One night, we experienced a powerful time of prayer, where we traced the experience of those that had been touched by fire throughout the scriptures, with fire being understood as an experience of the presence of God.

This series of blogs - Keep the Fire Burning - will trace through the experiences of Abraham, Moses, the wandering Israelites, Isaiah, Elijah and Nehemiah with the thought that considering their stories will helo encourage us to consider what it means to keep the fire burning in our own hearts and lives.

This time, we turn to Moses and his experience with the burning bush,

Friday, 21 June 2019 05:27

Ever Deeper: The Gift of Retreats

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Retreats are an important and precious part of our lives as MGL Sisters. Read a little bit more about the Melbourne Sisters recent retreat!

 

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Two years ago, Kathryn and I (Mel) attended a weeklong retreat experience with 10 other young people aimed at exploring and deepening in the gift of the Holy Spirit. It was led by Jim Murphy. One night, we experienced a powerful time of prayer, where we traced the experience of those that had been touched by fire throughout the scriptures, with fire being understood as an experience of the presence of God.

This series of blogs - Keep the Fire Burning - will trace through the experiences of Abraham, Moses, the wandering Israelites, Isaiah, Elijah and Nehemiah with the thought that considering their stories will helo encourage us to consider what it means to keep the fire burning in our own hearts and lives.

 

Sunday, 09 June 2019 07:00

Pentecost is here!

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Saturday, 08 June 2019 07:00

Towards Pentecost 9: Girl on Fire

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Today is the last day of the Pentecost Novena - not long until we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon us all.

Today, we reshare a previous blog written by Mel about the call to be on fire - consumed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Traditionally in the Church, a novena is prayed in the leadup to Pentecost. Consequently, over the next nine days, here on our blog, we will share readings and prayers to join with others from across the world in praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

We will also share reflections from different sisters focused on aspects of deepening in relationship with the Holy Spirit.

Today, we consider one of the fruits of the Spirit identified by Paul in Galatians - gentleness. 

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Traditionally in the Church, a novena is prayed in the leadup to Pentecost. Consequently, here on our blog, we will share readings and prayers to join with others from across the world in praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We will also share reflections from different sisters focused on aspects of deepening in relationship with the Holy Spirit.

 

As we reflect on how we can grow closer to the Holy Spirit in the lead-up to Pentecost, we take time today to consider one of the fruits of the Spirit identified by Paul in Galatians. Here, Mel shares a few thoughts about faithfulness.

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 07:00

Towards Pentecost 6: The fruit of peace

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 Traditionally in the Church, a novena is prayed in the leadup to Pentecost. Consequently, here on our blog, we will share readings and prayers to join with others from across the world in praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We will also share reflections from different sisters focused on aspects of deepening in relationship with the Holy Spirit.

 

As we reflect on how we can grow closer to the Holy Spirit in the lead-up to Pentecost, we take time today to consider one of the fruits of the Spirit identified by Paul in Galatians. Here, Julie shares a few thoughts about peace.

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Traditionally in the Church, a novena is prayed in the leadup to Pentecost. Consequently, over the next nine days, here on our blog, we will share readings and prayers to join with others from across the world in praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

We will also share reflections from different sisters focused on aspects of deepening in relationship with the Holy Spirit.

One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy. Today, Kat shares about a prophetic word that had a profound impact in her life.

 

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Traditionally in the Church, a novena is prayed in the leadup to Pentecost. Consequently, over the next nine days, here on our blog, we will share readings and prayers to join with others from across the world in praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

We will also share reflections from different sisters focused on aspects of deepening in relationship with the Holy Spirit. Today, Judy sahres with us about her experience and love for the gift of tongues.

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