More than 80 people from across Australia, and internationally from Japan, Kiribati and the Philippines, came together recently for a gathering to deepen their understanding of the Good Samaritan Benedictine charism and to explore ways to carry that charism into the future.
Sister Anne Dixon left Australia nearly four years ago to live and work among some of the poorest people of Bacolod in the Philippines. For Anne, it’s been a life-giving experience, but that’s not to say she doesn’t find life there difficult, frustrating and even disturbing at times.
Musings of a Leader
I am grateful for the decision of my sisters to venture to Japan in 1948 however “imprudent, untimely and injudicious” it was from a rational point of view, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.
The roadside is an interesting place, writes Alice Priest. It’s an in-between place, a liminal space – for hostage-takers, healings and heroes to emerge.
The 25th anniversary of East Timor’s Santa Cruz massacre will be especially poignant for those families who still long for a body to bury, some physical link to a child, a brother, a sister who didn’t come home that day in 1991, writes Josephite Sister Susan Connelly.
In our wealthy and stable society, the most dispossessed and vulnerable today are the mentally ill, writes Margaret-Mary Flynn. The ones most needing mercy and care may be sitting in inner despair beside us at Mass, or standing alone at a family barbecue.
“It’s so aptly named The Good Samaritan Inn,” says Mary O’Donohue, “because it is reaching out to people in their most vulnerable moments, and caring for them and making sure they’re well cared for when you send them lovingly on their way again.”
Faith in the Ordinary
In the slipstream of life, in the eyes of innocence, hope awaits us all on our wandering paths through life, writes Good Samaritan Sister Marie Casamento.
Being Just Neighbours
Anyone who describes asylum-seekers – regardless of how they got here – as “illegals” is guilty of perpetuating a big lie, writes Hugh Mackay.
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