Need to rest?

Simcha Fisher writes in The Catholic Weekly this week, about the need to take breaks to stay in a good emotional and mental place. Resting, she says is, “completely necessary to our well-being, and to our ability to keep on working. Observing the Sabbath is actually one of the commandments – one that busy, modern people of…

How to keep busy when you’re on retreat

When I was at the mothers’ retreat at the Mt Carmel retreat centre the other week I gave them a one-page ‘to do’ list of things that I suggested they try to complete by the end of the retreat at Sunday lunchtime. When I wrote this list I just thought it was a cute idea…

Carmelite spirituality for mothers, a retreat

I had this idea about three years ago that it would be wonderful to take a group of women out with me for a weekend at what I affectionately know of as ‘Carmel’ – especially those mums with young children and babies who really need a break from their homes and families in order to…

The once-a-year habit that keeps me sane

My happy place has undulating hectares of tall, golden grass marked by wire fences and wide, welcoming gates, generously dotted with cow-pats and little shrubs, clusters of tall eucalypts, and a tranquil dam that shelters a family of black swans and other birds, frogs and crickets.

Mandarin picking and disappearing into a hermitage for 24 hours

Last weekend our family went mandarin picking at an orchard, which for me was a late start on my winter survival list – better late than never, and truly it felt like the first proper bit of winter anyway. It was a freezing three degrees at Varroville in south-west Sydney where I was on Saturday…