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Good Samaritan Sisters launch young writers’ award

21 March 2017

To celebrate the 160th anniversary of their life and mission as the first Catholic congregation of religious women founded in Australia, the Sisters of the Good Samaritan have launched “The Good Oil” 2017 Young Writers’ Award.

The Good Oil 2017 Young Writers’ Award

21 March 2017

Entries are now open for “The Good Oil” Young Writers’ Award, an initiative of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in 2017 to celebrate the 160th anniversary of their life and mission as a Catholic congregation of religious women.

Are you buying slavery-free products?

21 March 2017

As more and more Australians hopefully choose to buy slavery-free Easter eggs this year, both shoppers and the Federal Government are being urged to broaden their focus and shine a light on the supply chain of many of the goods that we buy every day.

The pattern of all life

21 March 2017

For 13 million years, since the Big Bang until now, death has been part of life. We know that, and as Christians we believe that death is the prelude to new life. We call it the Paschal Mystery. But what do these words, Paschal Mystery, mean, asks Good Samaritan Sister …

Surrendering our sense of seasonality

21 March 2017

We should be reluctant to let economic arguments trump the profound human ones for leaving penalty rates where they are, writes Evan Ellis.

Integrity and its opposite – hypocrisy

21 March 2017

Integrity and hypocrisy play out in all aspects of societal life; in politics, business, religion and even sport, writes Good Samaritan Sister Clare Condon.

Pilgrimage in everyday life

21 March 2017

Pilgrimage can be undertaken anywhere, any day, says Donna Mulhearn. It encompasses overseas travel and trekking long distances, but it can also mean heading to the nearest bushwalk, public Labyrinth, and – she suggests – it can be done without leaving your lounge-room chair.

Small kindnesses from many

21 March 2017

Neighbour Day began in 2003 through the efforts of one man who was disturbed by the fact that the remains of an elderly woman were found inside her suburban home in Melbourne two years after her death. Alison Brook explains why she’s a big fan of Neighbour Day.

Feel the pain, heal the damage

21 March 2017

This year the pain of the passion story may contain a deeper significance than ever before, says Tony Doherty. And with it a new sense of adult responsibility we all bear to remake this harsh and gentle world.

Be bold and brave

21 February 2017

When I was a child, to be told you had been “bold” meant you had done something wrong – usually that you had spoken out of turn or broken some other social convention. I don’t know if boys were ever called bold, writes Good Samaritan Sister Meg Kahler.