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Articles of Interest

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Prayers of blessing and healing in the RCIA: a pocket guide

As catechumens grow in awareness of God's transforming presence in their lives, and of the ways they continue to make themselves absent from God, the prayers of blessing and healing in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults offer them a powerful way of bringing their joys and sorrows before God and of inviting God into the tender places of their lives. Here Fr Elio Capra provides a useful ‘pocket guide’ for catechists on how to use these beautiful prayers.

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The hand examen: a prayer for all

Sister Kathryn Kingsley believes that St Ignatius’ examen isn’t just a prayer for every day; it’s a prayer for everybody, helping us to hear God’s voice in the small everyday things, so that we will be more attuned to it when we seek it in the larger decisions of life. Our hands go with us wherever we go, so she has developed this simple ‘hand examen’ to take with us on our journey, each finger representing a movement of the examen.

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Promise and mission: an overview of the Gospel of Matthew

This Advent, we embark on a new liturgical cycle and return to Year A of the church’s Lectionary, focusing on the Gospel of Matthew. As part of this year’s ‘Advent of Grace’ liturgy preparation workshops, Ria Greene expertly led participants through an overview of a gospel that points us unswervingly in the direction of the kingdom, and which speaks powerfully into many of the challenges facing the church today.
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Prayer and conversion

‘Conversion is at the heart of all authentic religious experience,’ writes Fr Laurence Freeman, Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation. Here he reflects on what it means to be truly converted, to conform oneself to ‘the true nature of one’s soul—to oneself as a child of God, not merely as a product of our culture’—and on the vital role of prayer and contemplation in this process.

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Sparks of Beauty: Sacred Spaces

The final Sparks of Beauty event for 2020 took place in the award-winning ‘sacred space’ of the St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Chapel at ACU. Fr Laurence Freeman, Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, joined AOFE’s Cathy Jenkins and Tiffany Davis to explore the ways in which the sacred can intersect with the everyday in the physical and relational spaces of our lives. Lucy Davison reflects here on this thoughtful and wide-ranging conversation, and on the experience of being surprised and refreshed by a moment of sacred delight.
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Opening to the sacred in presence and absence

In this month of remembrance, Bishop Shane Mackinlay reflects on the powerful connection between absence and presence in our lives, the liturgy and the church.

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