July 2016

Aurora Magazine

Featured articles from the July Aurora

Dear Brussels: Letters from Down Under

Dear Brussels: Letters from Down Under

Article by Tracey Edstein

In the digital age, letter writing could easily be seen as somewhat passé. Surely Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and even ordinary old email are so much quicker and easier? Some students of St Catherine’s Catholic College, Singleton, might disagree.

Sharing the vision: Pope Francis and Stan Grant

Sharing the vision: Pope Francis and Stan Grant

Article by Greg Doepel

“We are better than this.” The words are those of Stan Grant in a passionate address which tore away the curtain from what he called, “the Australian Dream” and revealed the ugliness of this country’s inherent racism and its shameful history of murder, repression and dispossession of the First People of this land.

Pilgrimage: learning to travel lightly on the road

Pilgrimage: learning to travel lightly on the road

Article by Veronica Rosier

People are always on the move. The increasing popularity of walking ancient pilgrimage routes like the Camino in Spain appeals to our desire to travel to foreign lands, experience different cultures, see new things, taste new foods, enjoy temporary release from the monotony of daily existence, escape from challenging circumstances or trying relationships, or simply take a holiday.

Encyclical anniversary sparks religious call to shift from fossil fuels

Encyclical anniversary sparks religious call to shift from fossil fuels

Article by Stephen Pickard

Few papal proclamations have reverberated more strongly throughout the world than Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’. Released a year ago, the encyclical was part of a deluge of statements from the major faith traditions in the lead up to the Paris Climate Agreement. 

Aspiring to weirdness

Aspiring to weirdness

Article by Anna Kerrigan

ASPIRE Artistic Director heralds the latest ensemble production.

Welcome Fr Camillus!

Welcome Fr Camillus!

Article by Kate Bennett

On Saturday 4 June, Bishop Bill Wright ordained Camillus Nwahia to the priesthood, in which he joins some 30 priests actively ministering to people across the diocese. This was a significant event for the diocese and for Camillus himself, who arrived in Australia from Nigeria only in 2011.

Believe you can make a difference

Believe you can make a difference

Article by Tracey Edstein

Professor the Honourable Dame Marie Bashir insists that she had no aspirations to leadership, yet she is an exemplary and universally respected leader who exudes grace and charm. Dame Marie was the guest speaker at the annual Tenison Woods Education Centre Dinner (TWEC) held in Maitland in June.  

Opportunities for people with disabilities to reach personal goals

Opportunities for people with disabilities to reach personal goals

Article by Lizzie Snedden

For 47-year-old Gordon, relocating to CatholicCare’s supported accommodation in early 2015 resulted in a number of benefits.

You're invited to walk in the footsteps of Bishop James Murray

You're invited to walk in the footsteps of Bishop James Murray

Article by Frances Dunn

Envisioned by the small but enthusiastic ‘Team Murray’ as part of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle’s 150-year celebrations, a pilgrimage has been planned for Saturday 29 October 2016, exactly one week prior to the dedication of the historic, now restored, St John the Baptist Church.

Stan Grant talks to his country

Stan Grant talks to his country

Article by Stan Grant

This edition appears in NAIDOC Week and Aurora is proud to reprint, with Stan Grant’s permission, an extract from his personal meditation, Talking to my Country.

Addressing a child's fear

Addressing a child's fear

Article by Tanya Russell

Q  My father-in-law recently died from cancer. This was difficult for all of us but particularly difficult for my seven-year-old son. Although my father-in-law eventually died peacefully in his sleep, my son overheard us talking about this. Since then, my son has become afraid of sleeping alone and says that he is scared he could die in his sleep too. How can I make this better for him?

Fevola snags success at blokes only barbecue

Fevola snags success at blokes only barbecue

Article by Lizzie Snedden

From the lush, pampered lawns of the MCG, to the scrubby tangle of the African bush, Brendan Fevola seems to thrive in a variety of environments.

Show us your works and we will believe you

Show us your works and we will believe you

Article by Leo Tucker

Leo Tucker introduces Blessed Frederic Ozanam, Founder of the St Vincent de Paul Society.

DADEEs girls demonstrate significant improvement in activity levels and wellbeing

DADEEs girls demonstrate significant improvement in activity levels and wellbeing

Article by Philip Morgan

Professor Philip Morgan of the University of Newcastle shares an innovative program designed to involve Dads in increasing their daughters’ physical activity levels and self-esteem.

"Let me show you the world!"

"Let me show you the world!"

Article by John Murray

It is an attitude that arouses my instant and involuntary aversion! Kenneth Grahame, the writer of The Wind in the Willows, knew of this mindset, illustrating it to perfection in his description of Mr Toad standing beside his canary-coloured caravan summoning his long-suffering friends: “Let me show you the world!”

Labyrinths are not mazes but they are amazing

Labyrinths are not mazes but they are amazing

Article by Max Greive

Max Greive has been a farmhand, mortuary attendant, pastor, youth/community worker and is currently a counsellor, spiritual director, artist and labyrinth facilitator. He shares his appreciation of the ancient practice of labyrinth walking.

Foreign Parts

Foreign Parts

Article by Bishop Bill Wright

Everybody seems to think that I should write about going to World Youth Day. I’m inclined to believe it would be more useful to write about it while I’m there, or even afterwards, but perhaps there’s something to be said for laying out my expectations, hopes and foreshadowings. People seem to think so. By the time you read this, I and the other 70-odd pilgrims will be about to depart.

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