Week in review

Although it began with Pentecost Sunday Mass and afterwards, kids having fun with sparklers in the backyard, this was a sombre week both on the local and world news front. And most significantly for us, a death in our extended family on Wednesday night. Every morning there was news from the US to share with…

Grabbing the grateful moment

Experts laud the science of gratitude – I have no reason not to believe them. And I know from experience that an attitude of gratitude is probably the best disposition for human flourishing. I also know how it feels when a reminder to be grateful for the blessings I know I have feels like another…

A chat with The Chosen star Jonathan Roumie

The biggest crowd-funded media project to date is a multi-series TV show launched last year about Jesus Christ, called The Chosen. The brainchild of Evangelical filmmaker Dallas Jenkins and with an advisory team including a Jewish Rabbi and a Catholic priest the historical drama is inspired by the Gospel stories. It’s intention is to encourage viewers…

Week in review

Well that seemed like a decent news week in the Catholic world, ending with the opening of churches in NSW to 50 people at a time, in line with pubs, restaurants and the like – but only after a campaign which saw 20,000 people sign a petition in less than two days. You can see…

The wound that heals

For the past couple of years, I’ve belonged to a small faith conversation group that runs from around May to August. It focuses on the writings of Discalced Carmelite saints St John of the Cross, St Teresa of Avila and St Therese of Lisieux along with other traditional and contemporary spiritual writers. Due to social…

Week in review

I’m still working from home and exclusively talking to people on the phone or screen, but it’s better than nothing. One time I should keep track of how many phone calls I’m on over the average working week – it will probably be an eye-opening exercise! Three chats stand out: with Perth’s Catholic Archbishop Timothy…

My little pot garden

A US writer Catherine Newman recently referred to planting as pushing a little hope into the ground, which struck me as a very fitting description of it. Apart from the last two days the weather’s been a lot colder and the air drier – both play havoc with my skin and mood. So I like…

Working from home with kids around

The initial strangeness of working from a home office again has worn off and I’ve settled into a routine which is going pretty well. I’m at my desk around 8.30 having already drunk the first coffee of the day (which is kindly delivered to my bedside table), read Morning Prayer, skimmed the news, showered and…

Mother’s Day 2020

It obviously felt different this year, but this Mother’s Day had the same basic elements as the last 16 for me. Breakfast in bed and presents, Mass (albeit watched on a TV screen), and catching up with both my mum and mother-in-law at some point. Saturday was nice too, I spent a lot of it…

Staying safe and sane in lockdown with kids at home

I know that these are seriously looking like the end times, what with the plagues and pandemic and bushfires and floods and now – why not?  Fresh confirmation from the Pentagon that UFOs are a thing. But I have to admit that, bunkered here in the suburbs with my husband and five kids aged 7-16, I’ve been enjoying this time of widespread lockdown much…

Six weeks into lockdown

On Monday I got back to work (from home) after nearly two week’s break over Easter. My husband and I have now been doing the lock down thing for six weeks, the teenagers for five weeks, the primary schoolers for four. Next week the schools our kids will start a return to face-to-face classes, with…

Random week in June notes

It’s not the end of June yet, but it’s been an eventful week so these little snippets aren’t completely random. Our fourth child received his First Holy Communion last Sunday. He was so ready for it, it was such a joy. His older brother’s event two years ago had seen a packed church and barely…