Spirit engenders a desire to deepen our relationships of connection and belonging
Chapter 50 of the Rule of Benedict, written to address the circumstances when the whole community could not gather for prayer, has particular resonance for our times, writes Natalie Acton.
Overflowing life – all creation is a mirror of God
During my 70 years of religious life since my First Profession as a Good Samaritan Sister, several wonderful experiences have been mine, but two stand out, writes Jacinta Shailer SGS.
May we be a compassionate presence in the world
In order to be a presence of compassion in the world, collectively we need to learn to hold and be present to ourselves as the starting point, writes Gabrielle Sinclair.
The Art of Pausing: Embracing the Current Moment
The pandemic has been an opportunity to practise the art of pausing to help us appreciate the beauty, the wonder, the mystery that is all around us, writes Judith Valente.
Editor's Pick: The courage of the Good Samaritan
Last week we celebrated Good Samaritan Sunday, so it is timely to revisit this reflection by Sonia Wagner SGS on the parable of the Good Samaritan.
A compassionate embrace
We often learn by being moved by what others do and say, writes Pam Grey reflecting on NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s response to the recent Christchurch terrorist attack.
Reflecting on the symbols of resurrected life
In our Editor’s pick this edition, Clare Condon SGS reflects on how the symbols of Easter assist our understanding of the Paschal Mystery.
Fuel for your Lenten journey
Our Editor’s Picks from previous editions of The Good Oil provide opportunities for reflection during this Lenten Season starting with these podcasts.
The first of three editor’s picks for the February edition of The Good Oil, Patty’s 2016 Faith in the Ordinary is a timeless invitation to live purposefully and boldly.
Joy in old age
What is joy? Is it the product of experience, or its source? I was stuck in heady questioning, and getting nowhere. Humble recourse to someone older and wiser was needed,...
Benedict's tools for peace
The basic message of chapter four of “The Rule of St Benedict” is that peace on the large scale must begin in our hearts and in our own lives, says...
Jaxie, Fintan and me
I appreciate a story that seeps into who I am, that makes unexpected connections, and in the process challenges me to recognise someone I would once have seen as ‘other’,...