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Holy Listening

Holy ListeningThe Art of Spiritual Direction

Margaret Guenther’s book, Holy Listening, helps the reader to understand what spiritual direction is, making no presumptions about prior knowledge. She writes from her experience and elaborates her points by referring to incidents and narratives from her time as spiritual director.  She uses the three roles of a host, teacher, and midwife to develop a multidimensional understanding of spiritual direction.

As ‘host’, the spiritual director creates a space that is safe and welcoming. When you meet for spiritual direction, tasks and schedules fall away; this is a sacred time and space. It can look any number of ways, but it is created with care by the one providing the hospitality.

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Jesus: The Forgotten Feminist

Jesus: The Forgotten FeministThis article was written by Andrea Dean and was first published in Women Matter.

Chris Geraghty, theologian, former priest and former judge of the District Court of NSW, now living in retirement, has written Jesus: The Forgotten Feminist.

In telling the story of Jesus and his deeply personal relationship with his female friends and women in the marketplace, Geraghty attempts to reset the debate about the place and status of women in the communities of Jesus' followers. The significance of the book lies in Geraghty’s willingness to test the argument that Jesus chose and commissioned twelve male apostles, thus closing the door to ordination of women in the Catholic Church.

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A Catholic Response to Domestic Violence

A Catholic Response to Domestic ViolenceThis article was first published in NCCA newsletter August 218 #2.

The resource kit was officially launched by the Broken Bay Diocese on 21 June 2018. It provides information around the Catholic Church’s teaching for the dignity and value of the human person.

According to Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, 1 in 6 Australian women, and 1 in 16 Australian men, have been subjected, since the age of 15, to physical and/or sexual violence by a current or previous cohabiting partner (ABS 2017b).

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