Latest resources from MSBC library

The staff of Mount St Benedict Centre Library has selected three resources which feature eco-theology, an inspiring story of resilience and beautiful prayer to end your day.

Something to read…

Creation and the Cross: The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril (book, 2018) by Elizabeth A. Johnson CSJ (who adopts the Q&A dialogue format of the eleventh-century theologian, St Anselm).

Sister Elizabeth Johnson outlines how we might respond to the contemporary ecological crisis through an exploration of Scripture and the teachings of Jesus and the early Church which emphasise the love and mercy of God.

Something to watch…

The Staging Post, a film by Joylon Hoff (DVD, 2017).

Filmed by 17 year-old refugee Khadim, The Staging Post follows two Afghan Hazara refugees, who are stuck in Indonesia after Australia ‘stopped the boats’. Facing years in limbo, they built a community and started the school which inspired a refugee education revolution. The Staging Post portrays refugees as resilient, connected and contributing members of society.

Something to listen to…

As Nighttime Falls: Hymns, Psalms and Prayers to End the Day by Ian Callanan (two CDs, 2018, containing one complete compline service for each day of the week).

As Nighttime Falls offers us the rich church tradition of Compline Prayer (from the Latin word meaning “completion”). It is a prayer of quietness, reflection and gratitude at day’s end. Each service contains an introduction, examination of conscience, hymn, psalmody, scripture reading, responsory, the Canticle of Simeon, a concluding prayer and a blessing. It may be used in solitude or to end evening parish or community events.


If you’d like to see the full list of new resources available at Mount St Benedict Centre Library, download the Library’s June 2018 newsletter here.

The Library is located within the Mount St Benedict Centre in Pennant Hills, Sydney. A ministry of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, the Centre is a place of spirituality and formation. In an environment of peace and beauty, the Centre offers hospitality, education and support for life’s journey by sharing its Benedictine traditions and resources.

Mount St Benedict Library carries a diverse collection of contemporary resources specialising in the areas of spirituality, scripture, contemplative prayer and meditation, liturgy, and is home to a significant collection of resources in the area of Benedictine studies.

The Library supports the congregation in its commitment to community life, prayer, justice, hospitality and compassionate service. It also welcomes members of the public and supports them in their spiritual journey to stimulate thinking, expand perspectives and nourish the soul.

You can access these resources as a member of the Library. Cost is $35 per year. Please contact the Library if you would like to borrow resources or become a member.

Phone: (02) 8752 5395