Immaculate Conception

By |2018-11-23T14:57:07+10:00November 25th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Rituals & Prayer, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , |

Many people confuse the Immaculate Conception with Jesus’ conception (which is called a virgin conception or virgin birth). The Immaculate Conception, in fact, refers to Mary’s conception in the womb of her mother (Anne). However, unlike regular conceptions, Mary was conceived without sin (that’s the ‘immaculate’ part) due to the intervention by God that protected

Archaeology of the Word

By |2019-01-07T13:43:26+10:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Rituals & Prayer, vox dei|

The Christian Bible has two sections: the Jewish scriptures (Old Testament) and Christian writings (New Testament). Jesus, and his mother Mary, were devout Jews, deeply immersed in the scriptures and both testaments were written or recorded by Jews (with the exception of the Gospel of Luke and The Acts of the Apostles which were written

Women of Wisdom

By |2019-01-07T13:36:02+10:00November 9th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Rituals & Prayer, vox dei|

Some fifteen years ago, I began to meet regularly with several women to support each other in prayer. Called ‘Women of Wisdom’ we committed to prioritising prayerful listening to balance our never-lost-for-words conversation. The format was simple and has been adapted here for private reflection. Breathe: Sit with your back straight and your feet firmly grounded

Sacramental Pause

By |2018-11-08T16:00:11+10:00November 8th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Rituals & Prayer, vox dei|

Catholic Mindfulness with Dr Gregory Bottaro Mindfulness aims to ‘fill the mind’ with a focussed awareness and is proven to be very effective in managing anxiety. Catholic Mindfulness grounds this practice in prayer and invites the active engagement of God in the process. The Sacramental Pause was designed by Dr Gregory Bottaro as a daily

King of Kings

By |2018-11-06T10:43:57+10:00November 6th, 2018|Categories: Activities, Articles, Rituals & Prayer, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The word: Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “My kingdom does not belong to this world; if it did, my followers would fight to keep me from being taken by the authorities. You say that I am a king. I was born and came into the world for this

Lectio Divina

By |2019-01-07T13:40:39+10:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: Ordinary Time, Rituals & Prayer, vox dei|Tags: , , , , , |

Lection Divina is an ancient and powerful way of praying with scripture. It is so simple that it can be used every day. Yet it is also powerful, drawing forth deep riches from The Word of God. Following five steps, preparing, listening, reflecting, responding and acting on The Word, this prayer is like a dialogue

Microcalligraphy

By |2019-04-29T15:08:38+10:00October 17th, 2018|Categories: Activities, Rituals & Prayer, vox dei|Tags: , , , |

Microcalligraphy, or micrography, is a Jewish form of contemplating scripture developed in the 9th century. It uses minute hand-scribed passages of the scriptures to trace the outlines of an image. Two forms are commonly used. The first uses geometric or decorative patterns to organise the text into a non-representational work. In this form, the pattern

St Therese of Lisieux: Living Faith Beads

By |2018-09-25T11:54:23+10:00September 25th, 2018|Categories: Activities, Craft, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

St Therese of Lisieux, also called The Little Flower, was known for her simple yet profound faith. She reportedly carried a string of ten beads in her pocket as a means of counting the good deeds that she would perform as a daily devotion to God. St Therese's devotions and spirituality became so popular, she

A Blessing for your Home

By |2018-07-12T15:21:33+10:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Activities, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , |

The home is the place where we learn to love. It is in our homes that our children are first introduced to love; in our homes where husbands and wives most profoundly model sacramental love; in our homes where we learn and practice forgiveness, compassion, encouragement, humility, trust....for more, check out this article from CathFamily. Materials: Holy Water Holy Family Image