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Retreat Reflections

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During our final period of sharing and participation in the Closing Eucharist there was a very profound sense in which all of us who had participated in the [Dryandra] retreat had met with God in a much deeper way than our words could convey. Looking back I can see that transfiguration occurred for me through [...]

Home is Where My Heart Is!

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Recently I visited an inner city space, used as a gallery to show case the photographic work of eight young people. The young people had been or still were currently homeless.  The accompanying text read: 'the images contained within this collection represent the many and varied conceptions of home. Common to each of these photos [...]

Being in the Womb of God

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Recently my husband and I have been listening to Fathers Richard Rohr and Thomas Keating rich teachings about the Eternal Now and how to be there, by going to your room and praying in secret to God.  As I reflected on this one day, the image and experience of being enclosed in the Womb of [...]

A Daily Liturgy

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One of the joys I have had recently is to be a small part of the new Liturgy, or Daily Prayers for the Dayspring Community. I have been enjoying using the old Daily Prayers for a couple of years – mostly in the morning – and admit that I was very reluctant to give it [...]

What’s So Important About Meditation?

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From ancient to contemporary times meditation has held its place for stilling and cultivating the mind by tuning our capacity to think and ‘ponder in our heart’. And through our minds we create our lives and fashion our world. In the sixth century BC Buddha taught: "All that we are is the result of what [...]

The Cat in the Hat

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I’m sure we are all such composed people. We are never too busy, harried and hurried. We enjoy waiting in queues and in traffic jams. We are just so free, that we can take it all in our stride. We are never like the cat in Dr. Seuss’s book “The Cat in the Hat”. One [...]

Who should govern?

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Our country faces the next challenge of the decade - how to judge who is more able to lead and govern our community? “Dorothee Soelle was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1929. As a child she played no personal role in the rise and fall of the Third Reich; she was fifteen when the war [...]

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