Easter Reflections 2022

We share with you four reflections for Palm (Passion) Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

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The Hope and Faith of Mary MacKillop

Why do you think that everything is hopeless, that no one can take away your own tombstones? Why do you give in to resignation and failure? Easter is the feast of tombstones taken away, rocks rolled aside. God takes away even the hardest stones against which our hopes and expectations crash: death, sin, fear, worldliness.
Pope Francis, Homily, April 2019

The massacre of the innocent, the ravages of war and the displacement of people engender fear, desperation, and a sense of hopelessness. We also feel the pain of the flood victims left homeless and poverty stricken. Devastation and hardship call upon every ounce of faith and hope we have, to claim and look forward to a brighter future.

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A Letter to Mary MacKillop

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To commemorate the anniversary for when Mary MacKillop received Constitutions of the Institute (Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart) and when Central Government was accepted on 21 April 1874, Sr Maria Casey shares what she would have written to Mary if she was alive today.

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Justice Now: The Peril and the Promise, Daring to Hope

Members of the Josephite Justice Network.

Josephite Justice Network Gathering: 11-13 March 2022

At long last with Covid restrictions eased, we, the Josephite Justice Network, were able to meet face to face.

Seventeen of us gathered at St Joseph’s Spirituality and Education Centre, Kincumber, New South Wales and were aware of many others who were unable to join us.

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Voting for the good of the whole community

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How would Mary MacKillop vote in the upcoming Federal Election? We will never know.

Nevertheless, as the author Sheila McCreanor points out:

…one thing is certain; her letters show that she took voting very seriously and, at a time when women had just earned the right to vote, she urged her Sisters to take it seriously too – to be responsible in casting their vote; to weigh up the attitudes and values of those standing for election and above all, to pray for wisdom.

Although Mary MacKillop’s language is couched in the values of her time, we can follow its spirit and appreciate its important message.

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The Legacy of Julian Tenison Woods and the Earth Charter

In every generation, voices of prophets remind us that God has charged humans with the care of our common home, Earth. The examples of our first peoples, and of individuals like Francis of Assisi, Meister Eckhart and the Medieval Women Mystics come to mind. In our day, too, we cite Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si’ as synthesising world-wide awareness that our treatment of creation has repercussions for good or evil.

Similarly, can we claim Julian Tenison Woods as a nineteenth-century Australian prophet, a precursor of the current call to respond to the health crisis of our planet, Earth?

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Lent and the life of Mary MacKillop

Jane Woolford, CEO of Mary MacKillop Today.

CEO of Mary MacKillop Today, Jane Woolford, shares her personal reflections in this Lenten season.

There is no doubt that hardship is all around us. Right here in Australia, people are enduring devastating damage from the floods. We are still feeling the difficult impacts of the pandemic, and overseas we are seeing a horrendous war play out with children and families caught in the crossfire.

During Lent, we reflect on the themes of sacrifice, justice and almsgiving.

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Sabbatical: Invitation to Wisdom, Mission, Conversion, Transformation

2022 Sabbatical group members.

This Sabbatical held at St Joseph’s Centre, Baulkham Hills from 25 February to 8 April 2022, focuses on transitions and is for those who are at the crossroads of life and ministry.

The group of nine sisters who comprise the Sabbatical membership for 2022, encountered a very wet St Joseph’s Centre as they began their journey.

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