Section Archive: Faith in the Ordinary

The Art of Pausing: Embracing the Current Moment

The pandemic has been an opportunity to practise the art of pausing to help us...

Posted on: March 17, 2021

Editor's Pick: The courage of the Good Samaritan

Last week we celebrated Good Samaritan Sunday, so it is timely to revisit this reflection...

Posted on: July 17, 2019

Jacinda Ardern

A compassionate embrace

We often learn by being moved by what others do and say, writes Pam Grey...

Posted on: April 16, 2019

Reflecting on the symbols of resurrected life

In our Editor’s pick this edition, Clare Condon SGS reflects on how the symbols of...

Posted on: April 16, 2019


Fuel for your Lenten journey

Our Editor’s Picks from previous editions of The Good Oil provide opportunities for reflection during...

Posted on: March 19, 2019

Sr Patty Fawkner SGS

Vague wanting

The first of three editor’s picks for the February edition of The Good Oil, Patty’s...

Posted on: February 20, 2019

Joy in old age

What is joy? Is it the product of experience, or its source? I was stuck...

Posted on: October 17, 2018

Benedict's tools for peace

The basic message of chapter four of “The Rule of St Benedict” is that peace...

Posted on: September 19, 2018

Jaxie, Fintan and me

I appreciate a story that seeps into who I am, that makes unexpected connections, and...

Posted on: July 18, 2018

Lessons from a backyard spider

As I ponder the spider and its web, it strikes me that our understanding of...

Posted on: June 20, 2018

Ghost gum wisdom

A “wounded” ghost gum outside Judith Scully’s window is teaching her that ageing has its...

Posted on: June 20, 2017

Creation cherishing all of us

Even today when I see the ocean or come across fields full of haystacks I...

Posted on: June 20, 2017