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Mark 4: 35-41 20/06/21

Gospel Reflection Mark 4: 35-41 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (20 June 2021)By Sr Veronica Lawson RSM Today’s gospel story looks back to the parables in the first part of the chapter and to the

Mark 4:26-34 13 June 2021

Reflection on the Gospel-11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 4:26-34)  -Veronica Lawson RSM   The first of the parables in today’s gospel reading has no parallel in the other gospels. It compares God’s

30/05/21 Trinity Sunday

Gospel Reflection Trinity Sunday Reflection on the Gospel-Trinity Sunday Year B (30 May 2021) (Matt 28:16-20) -Veronica Lawson RSM Trinity Sunday celebrates the core Christian conviction that God is a communion of relational love. For

Pentecost Sunday 23/05

Reflection for Pentecost Sunday Reflection on the Gospel-Pentecost Sunday Year B John 20:19-23  by Veronica Lawson RSM  Pentecost Sunday is often called the birthday of the Church. For the ancient Israelites, Pentecost (meaning “fiftieth”) was

Reflection 16/05 Feast of the Ascension

Reflection Ascension of the Lord Reflection on the Gospel-Feast of the Ascension Year B (16 May 2021) Mark 16:15-20 -Veronica Lawson RSM   The feast of the Ascension invites us to face the universal experience

Laudato Si Anniversary ISMAPNG Conference March 2021

Institute of Sisters of Mercy Australia and Papua New Guinea (ISMAPNG) In March 2021, the ISMAPNG held a Laudato Si Conference over 3 days to celebrate a special Laudato Si Anniversary year. The Institute collaborated

6th Sun Easter

Gospel Reflection on the 6th Sunday of Easter Veronica Lawson RSM The constitutions of my religious institute remind me that “the tender mercy of our God has given us one another”. The implications of this

Laudato Si’ resource

Integral Ecology Reflection guides 7 questions to ask to measure integral ecology in our personal, parish and professional roles. These can be downloaded at 7 Questions to Guide Reflection on Integral Ecology There are also

Gospel Reflection Third Sunday of Lent

Gospel Reflection Third Sunday of LentSr Veronica Lawson John 2:13-25 Today’s gospel passage foreshadows the death of Jesus. As a devout Jew, Jesus goes up to Jerusalem at Passover. His final going-up will be the

Gospel reflection 4th Sun of Lent

Gospel Reflection Fourth Sunday of LentSr Veronica Lawson John 3: 14-21 The gospel for today is the concluding section of Jesus’ conversation with a Pharisee called Nicodemus who comes to him “by night”. It features

Gospel reflection 21.03.21 5th Sun of Lent

Gospel Reflection Fifth Sunday of Lent John 12: 20-33 Veronica Lawson RSM Today’s gospel tells us that among those who go up to Jerusalem to worship at the feast of Passover are some “Greeks”. The

Gospel Reflection for the second Sunday of Lent

28 Feb 21 (Mark 9:2-10) -Veronica Lawson RSM The wilderness was the geographical and key symbolic focus of last week’s gospel story. This week, the focus is a mountain. Wilderness and mountain remind us that

First Sun in Lent

Gospel Reflection First Sunday in Lent21 Feb 21 (Mark 1:12-15) 21 Feb 21 -Veronica Lawson RSM Lent comes around each year and presents us with its usual challenge to take stock of our lives, to

Gospel Reflection 6th Sun ordinary time

Reflection on the Gospel–6th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B Mark 1:40-45 -Veronica Lawson RSM We all seek to be part of family and community because we are social beings who need to engage with

Reflection on the Gospel Dec 18

Reflection on the Gospel Mark 1: 21-28 Veronica Lawson RSM In Australia, Sunday of the Word of God is celebrated this weekend. It comes at a time when our planetary community is in need of

Reflection December 18 2020

Reflection December 20, 2020 Reflection on the Gospel-4th Sunday of Advent Year B (Luke 1:26-38)  –Veronica Lawson RSM   We are all familiar with Luke’s story of the annunciation, a story that has inspired artists

Dec13 Reflection

Reflection 13 December 2020 Reflection on the Gospel: 3rd Sunday of Advent Year B (John 1:6-8, 19-28) -Veronica Lawson RSM   The first section of today’s gospel reading comes from the prologue of John’s gospel

Reflection for 6th December 2020

Reflection for December 6, 2020 Reflection on the Gospel: 2nd Sunday of Advent Year B (Mark 1:1-8) -Veronica Lawson RSM   The first verse of Mark’s gospel evokes the opening words of Genesis and thus

Encyclical: Fratelli Tutti

Encyclical: Fratelli Tutti Fratelli tutti (All Brothers) is the third encyclical of Pope Francis, subtitled of “on fraternity and social friendship”. In the document, Francis states that the COVID-19 pandemic has proven the failure of the world to work together during the crisis.

Encyclical: Laudato Si’

Encyclical: Laudato Si’ Laudato si’ (Praise Be to You) is the second encyclical of Pope Francis. The encyclical has the subtitle “on care for our common home”. In it, the pope critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environmental degradation and global warming, and calls all

Dicastery: Special Anniversary Year of Laudato Si’

Dicastery: Special Anniversary Year of Laudato Si’ The fifth anniversary of the encyclical comes in the midstof another watershed moment – a global pandemic –and Laudato Si’s message is just as prophetic today asit was

2020 Season of Creation

2020 Season of Creation Season of Creation starts with the World Day of Prayer for Creation on the 1st September and ends with the Feast of St Francis of Assisi 4th October. Pope Francis is

Four Directions Body Prayer

Four Directions Body Prayer Our Chairs for Sessions 1 and 2 – Margie Abbott RSM and Sally Neaves – are hosting this wonderful series of prayer days during the Season of Creation. Find the details

Jubilee for the Earth

Jubilee for the Earth A resource developed by Sally Neaves, host of our Session 2. This series of rituals have been prepared for each of the 5 themes of Season of Creation 2020. Feel free

Uniting Earth Climate Conference 2020

Uniting Earth Climate Pastoral Conference View the recording of the Conference here:: We recommend checking out keynote speakers including Rebecca Huntley (climate change activist and academic) as well as first-nations woman and lead at

Bronwyn Ley’s Speaking Notes

Bronwyn Ley’s Speaking Notes – Session 4. ‘An economy that cares for our common home’ Panellist Bronwyn Ley has kindly shared her speaking notes to distribute through the Convocation. We’ve copied the content below. Alternatively,

Ross Garnaut’s book ‘Superpower’

Ross Garnaut’s book ‘Superpower’, as mentioned in Session 4. ‘An economy that cares for our common home’. From: ‘The fog of Australian politics on climate change has obscured a fateful reality: Australia has the

Social justice statement from Bruce Duncan

Social justice statement from Bruce Duncan Everyone’s Business: Developing an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy. Duncan.SJ Statement 2017-18. SUMMARY  of: Everyone’s Business: Developing an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy. Bruce Duncan, Zoom session Catholic Earthcare, Tuesday 15 September

The blog and writings of Dr. Sandie Cornish

The blog and writings of Dr. Sandie Cornish We had the pleasure of welcoming Sandie to Session 2 of our Convocation. You can find Sandie’s blog here: Dr Sandie Cornish is a practitioner in

Earthcare Youth Bingo Challenge!

Thank you to our amazing speakers and panellists for joining us for our International Youth Conversation today. Our amazing Earthcare Leaders Vienna and Alyssa have designed the bingo challenge below. Please find the Instagram challenge

10 Ways Faith Groups care for Biodiversity

The Faith and Ecology Network (FEN) an interfaith network of people connecting faith with ecological awareness and care. calls on faith groups to better care for our local biodiversity. In 2020 FEN has a focus

Plastic Free Lent

PLASTIC FREE LENT An easy-to-follow guide on going plastic free, courtesy of the Anglican Communion Environmental Network.  Download the guide here. 

Lent Resource – Grace of Earth

LENT RESOURCE: GRACE OF EARTH – LENTEN RESOURCE (YEAR A) 2020 This resource explores these six Earth life support systems as ways of God revealing, God inspiring, God challenging. We meditate in wonder and thanksgiving

Overturn the Tables

OVERTURN THE TABLES  By Alice Carwardine This website, Overturnthetables, is inspired by the story of Jesus cleansing the temple. I hope will provide you with some insight into how you can become an ecological convert

Caritas – calling for climate justice

CARITAS – CALLING FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on human ecology, Laudato Si’ (“Praise be to you”) – On the Care of Our Common Home, is the Church’s most profound clarion call yet

Caritas and SDGs

CARITAS AND THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS  Caritas is calling for the world to put the poor first and ensure the safe future of the planet by uniting behind the United Nations’ new Sustainable Development Goals