February 2016

Aurora Magazine

Featured articles from the February Aurora

Mercy Evident in Marriage Tribunal Changes

Mercy Evident in Marriage Tribunal Changes

Article by Jane Dunn

I have been working in the role of Tribunal Director since 2007 and naturally I am familiar with all that my role entails and demands.

50 Years of Putting Compassion into Action

50 Years of Putting Compassion into Action

Article by Nicole Clements

2016 marks 50 years of Project Compassion, Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness raising campaign and one of Australia’s largest humanitarian appeals.

Open Communication is Key to Success at School

Open Communication is Key to Success at School

Article by Brian Lacey

At the beginning of each school year, parents experience myriad emotions that come with sending their child off for his or her first day of kindergarten or high school. This year, to help ease some parents’ concerns, Aurora has invited former K-12 principal and current Head of RE & Spirituality Services (Catholic Schools Office), Brian Lacey, to answer some common questions.

CareTalk: Permission to Grieve

CareTalk: Permission to Grieve

Article by Tanya Russell

Q. One of my dearest, lifelong friends died by suicide recently. Although we know he was struggling, there were never any signs that he would take his own life. In fact he was making travel plans for the future. It seems so sudden and I am devastated. How do I help myself get through this awful time as well as support his family?

Assessing and Supporting Autism

Assessing and Supporting Autism

Article by Tanya Russell

One in 100 Australians has autism – and we have much to learn.

Are your Children Future Proof

Are your Children Future Proof

Article by Kathy Walker

“The beginning of something is always most important, especially when it is young and just beginning.” (Plato)

Adult Cowboys and Indians

Adult Cowboys and Indians

Article by Michael O’Connor

Regular contributor Michael O’Connor highlights an uncomfortable truth. Your response is welcome.

Living with Complexity

Living with Complexity

Article by John Cavenagh

John Cavenagh offers a few reflections on the contemporary relevance of scripture.

Confronting Cancer

Confronting Cancer

Article by Jennifer Byrne

A loving daughter shares a story of life and hope, unwittingly echoing Pope Francis’ call for mercy.

Dominicans Celebrate 800 Year Jubilee

Dominicans Celebrate 800 Year Jubilee

Article by Margaret Cameron

Two local Dominican Sisters travelled to Rome to join the larger Dominican family.

Can We Give Up on the Perfect?

Can We Give Up on the Perfect?

Article by Tracey Edstein

Picture a two-storey timber house flowing out of a wild garden, largely open to the elements, crammed with everything from vintage suitcases to mismatched china and joyful bunting to driftwood, and offering many spots to sit, read, chat, contemplate or simply be.

Knitting Nannas or Sisters in Arms?

Knitting Nannas or Sisters in Arms?

Article by Greg Doepel

“I think it is interesting that you can`t un-see something once you have seen it.”

Missionary of Mercy is on His Way to the Hunter

Missionary of Mercy is on His Way to the Hunter

Article by Louise Gannon rsj

Father Richard Shortall is a familiar face to many in the local community, thanks to his ‘retreat in everyday life’ offered in several parishes and his accompanying the relic of St Francis Xavier back in 2012.

Creating a Little Human

Creating a Little Human

Article by Kylie Cooper

Friends visited recently to meet my newborn. We got to talking about the current trend to delay starting a family in favour of travelling, purchasing a house and establishing careers. 

A Special Relationship Bar None

A Special Relationship Bar None

Article by Joanne Isaac

A nun and a publican forming a deep and abiding friendship might seem unlikely on paper, but not when the nun is Sr Helen Anne Johnson rsj, founder of Mums’ Cottage, and the publican is Steph Woolf, proprietor of the historic Holmesville Hotel.

Searching for The Sentinel

Searching for The Sentinel

Article by Gabrielle Lynch

We take photographs to record moments because the moment is precious. Photographs evoke memories from the past; memories of meaningful people, decisive events and significant places.

A Film Every Adult Catholic Should See

A Film Every Adult Catholic Should See

Article by Rev Dr Richard Leonard sj

Spotlight is an occasion for holy, righteous anger and every adult Catholic should see it − not because it is easy, but because it is necessary.

AURORA EXTRA: Holey! Wholly! Holy!

AURORA EXTRA: Holey! Wholly! Holy!

Article by Michael O’Connor

Have you ever looked in the dictionary for the definition of a “hole”? Holes are real. But a hole is really nothing – “no thing”!

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