Latest resources from MSBC library

The staff of Mount St Benedict Centre Library has selected three resources from their new acquisitions: a film that bears witness to the plight of refugees; an audio book that questions established religious assumptions and a book that explores religious freedom.

Something to read…

Chalice of Liberty: Protecting Religious Freedom in Australia, by Frank Brennan, M.A. Casey and Greg Craven (book, 2018).

Religion in Australia today is under the microscope. In their essay, Frank Brennan and Michael Casey draw on the Catholic tradition to reflect on what religious freedom is and why it is important in a secular liberal democracy like Australia. While Brennan and Casey present a philosophical analysis, in his essay, Greg Craven explains how freedom of religion is protected in Australia and what reforms are necessary to ensure its continued protection in the future.

Something to watch…

Human Flow, a film by Ai Weiwei (DVD, 2017).

There are more than 65 million refugees worldwide. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its devastating human impact. He follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across 23 countries, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany and Iraq. This film is a plea for tolerance, compassion, trust and action.

Something to listen to…

Days of Awe and Wonder: How to be a Christian in the 21st Century by Marcus J. Borg (1942-2015), author of Convictions (six CDs, 2017).

Days of Awe and Wonder is a selection of this progressive and revered biblical scholar’s writing. Including many unpublished works, this resource explores what it means to be a Christian in the twenty-first century. Provocative, uplifting and imbued with wonder and deep respect for mystery, the collection asserts that we must always keep an open mind and question assumptions and certainties in our religious journeys.


If you’d like to see the full list of new resources available at Mount St Benedict Centre Library, download the Library’s August 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