Section Archive: Faith in the Ordinary

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...

Posted on: August 18, 2021

Overflowing life – all creation is a mirror of God

During my 70 years of religious life since my First Profession as a Good Samaritan...

Posted on: June 18, 2021

May we be a compassionate presence in the world

In order to be a presence of compassion in the world, collectively we need to...

Posted on: May 19, 2021

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