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Movie - Cabrini Angel Studio
08 March 2024
The movie 'Cabrini' portrays the story of a determined woman striving to make a difference in a society rife with prejudice and inequality. Set in America, described as 'the greatest nation on Earth,' the narrative quickly introduces a grim reality where Italian children face worse conditions than rats. The story highlights the challenges posed by societal disdain towards immigrants, particularly those with 'brown skin,' and the xenophobic sentiment that advocates for their deportation.
 
You Say by Lauren Daigle Lauren Daigle
03 March 2024
You Say by Lauren Daigle a contemporary song about Gods role in our lives even when we are filled with doubt. This song oozes with hope which recognizes the goodness of who each person is. A child of God.
 
TED - 6 secrets to learning - faster - backed by neuroscience TED - Lila Landowski
20 February 2024
The TED Talk delves into the neuroscience of learning, highlighting six critical elements for enhancing the learning process: attention, alertness, sleep, repetition, breaks, and mistakes. The speaker begins by explaining neuroplasticity, the brain's ability to form new neural connections in response to learning. This foundational concept underscores the importance of repeated practice and exposure to strengthen these connections.
 
Wealth Has Nothing - To Do With Materialism - Or Our Social Standing Reflections on Life
18 February 2024
This video conveys a profound message about human interconnectivity, community importance, resilience, and finding purpose amidst adversity, particularly during the global pandemic. The speaker emphasizes that regardless of our financial status, humans inherently require companionship and support from others. They highlight how interactions with people serve as a reminder of our shared humanity and interconnectedness, reinforcing the value of community in shaping our identities and futures.
 
What is your dream for Marist Laity? Marist Laity Australia
15 February 2024
Initially, I hesitated as I did not know fully what this question meant. Often when Jesus is asked a question in the Gospels, he answers with another question. So initially, I answered “What is the dream of Marist Laity in 2023” but also “what is the dream of Marist laity in 2030?” In our discussion we drew upon a recent Marist Laity Australia committee meeting at Hunters Hill. In the committee meeting there was a wide range of answers as there are a deep array of lay people.
 
Arthur Brooks - and Oprah Winfrey - in Conversation - Build the Life You Want https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbpAg7xwFWQ&t=2298s
09 February 2024
The conversation between Arthur C. Brooks and Oprah Winfrey, moderated by Jeffrey Goldberg, covers a wide range of topics centered around happiness, personal growth, and the application of metacognition. They discuss the importance of facing and understanding one's emotions, the benefits of gratitude, and how service to others enhances personal happiness. Oprah shares personal anecdotes to illustrate how she deals with challenges and negativity, emphasizing the value of self-reflection and gratitude. Brooks explains psychological concepts in accessible terms, providing insights into achieving happiness through understanding and managing one's emotions. They both advocate for the idea that happiness is a skill that can be developed through deliberate practice and mindfulness.
 
Blog - I did not win lotto Marist Laity Australia
04 February 2024
The blog reflects on the motivations behind why over half of Australians participate in the lottery, suggesting that it may be driven by a desire to escape reality or by greed, and questioning the morality behind such desires. It then draws from a biblical passage where Jesus advises a wealthy man to sell all his possessions to follow Him, prompting a deeper introspective question of who or what we prioritize in our lives. The blog contrasts the wealth of the Marist founders with their choice to serve the poor, advocating for a similar path of service rather than seeking fulfillment in material wealth. It concludes by suggesting that true contentment and purpose are found not in accumulating wealth or buying lottery tickets, but in serving the poor and aligning our hearts with God's will.
 
Reckless Love (Acoustic) - Cory Asbury Cory Asbury
31 January 2024
Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me. You have been so, so good to me. Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me. You have been so so kind to me.
 
Blog - The Adventure of Returning to School Marist Laity Australia
30 January 2024
Embracing the return to school after holidays can be challenging, but it's an opportunity for growth and learning. Life isn't meant to be a permanent vacation; it's about facing and overcoming challenges. Just as eaglets learn to fly when nudged from the nest, we learn and develop by tackling difficult tasks and adapting to change. School may bring unfamiliar situations, but staying flexible and proactive, asking for help, and preparing ahead can help you navigate these with confidence. Remember, support is available, and planning for challenges makes them more manageable. Good luck, and may this school year be a successful journey of learning and growth.
 
The One Thing All Great Teachers Do - Nick Fuhrman Nick Fuhrman
28 January 2024
Nick Fuhrman's TED Talk 'The One Thing All Great Teachers Do' emphasizes the transformative impact of passionate teaching, exemplified by his childhood role model, Ranger Bill. Fuhrman highlights the importance of embracing mistakes as learning opportunities, recognizing individual student differences, and providing meaningful feedback. He advocates for an engaging, interactive teaching style that goes beyond just presenting information, using methods like animal interactions to enhance learning. Fuhrman's approach underlines the significance of teachers as mentors and role models, capable of instilling confidence and inspiring long-term growth in students.
 
Overcoming Our Struggles - Amanda Riche https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2va5XjicBY
27 January 2024
The video titled 'Overcoming Our Struggles' by Amanda Riche details her challenging life journey, including homelessness in Seattle. Amanda speaks candidly about her survival mindset, focusing on the positives despite her circumstances. She recalls a traumatic childhood marked by a drug-addicted mother, an abusive father, and a harrowing experience in foster care. Choosing to dissociate from her pain, Amanda found solace in envisioning joy and love. She expresses gratitude for the kindness shown to her and emphasizes the importance of authenticity, empathy, and community support. Amanda's story culminates in her finding contentment and safety in having a home, attributing her success to the collective support she received. Her wishes reflect a desire for strength, others' well-being, and a world filled with understanding and compassion. Amanda's narrative highlights the beauty and complexity of the world, advocating for interconnectedness and human potential for goodness.
 
Grace Tame Grace Tame
26 January 2024
A sexual abuse survivor and Australian of the Year 2021. The 26-year-old who helped lead the fight to overturn a law preventing sexual assault survivors from speaking out has been named Australian of the Year for 2021.
 
Active Listening - One Human Family Reflections on Life
25 January 2024
The video 'One Human Family' by Jay Bowen from the Upper Skagit Tribe encapsulates a profound message of interconnectedness, wisdom, and cultural values. Jay Bowen begins with a historical anecdote about the Hopi elders and their philosophy of universal kinship, emphasizing the tribe's deep-rooted belief in listening with the soul. He highlights the importance of leaving prejudices behind, valuing the wisdom of silence and elders, and recognizing individual gifts for communal service. Drawing on his personal reflections and the practice of writing 'Morning Musings,' Jay Bowen underscores the impact of our actions on others and concludes with a powerful reminder of our shared humanity and responsibility, advocating for the acknowledgment of everyone's indigenous roots to the Earth and the necessity of nurturing our universal family.
 
Letting Go Gently - Embrace the Real Treasures Reflections on Life
24 January 2024
The YouTube video 'Letting Go Gently - Embrace the Real Treasures' features a reflective narrative centered around themes of personal growth, coping with loss, and finding joy in life's simple moments. The speaker shares her journey of emotional healing and self-discovery following a significant life change, presumably a separation or divorce.
 
Inspiration - How much is enough Reflections on Life
23 January 2024
The video 'How Much is ENOUGH' by Reflections for Life delves into the contemplation of material wealth versus true happiness and contentment in life. It begins with a provocative statement about the common ambition to accumulate wealth and enjoy life, only to find that when one finally has the means, the passion for enjoyment may have waned. This introduces the core theme of the video: questioning the relentless pursuit of material gains and its impact on genuine well-being.
 
Blog - The Family Man - Living Presence Marist Laity Australia
19 January 2024
In 'The Family Man - Living Presence,' the protagonist, Jack, portrayed by Nicolas Cage, undergoes a profound transformation when an angelic encounter propels him from a life of solitary wealth into one filled with the riches of family life in the countryside. Initially resistant to his sudden shift from a high-powered city broker to a family man, Jack's journey of frustration and disbelief transitions into one of love and genuine presence as he learns to embrace the simplicity and stillness of his new life. His story invites readers to contemplate their own lives, questioning whether work or consumerism has disconnected them from loved ones and whether they can identify the 'angels' that might shift their perspectives. The blog calls for a 'tender revolution' where individuals rediscover love in unexpected places, grow beyond their egos, and accept the mystery of life's pattern, underscoring the need for presence as an awakening to the reality of life rather than a mere action, echoing the sentiment that 'Let your will be done.'
 
A Guide to leadership - Simon Sinek Simon Sinek
18 January 2024
Simon Sinek's presentation, 'A Guide to Leadership,' explores the true essence and challenges of leadership. He emphasizes that leadership is not about being in charge but about taking care of those in our charge. Sinek points out that most people are trained to be good at their jobs, but there's a lack of training in how to lead others. This gap often results in managers who micromanage instead of true leaders.
 
Blog - New Years resolution - Where does Life begin? Marist Laity Australia
02 January 2024
The blog post discusses the transition from structured education to the broader, self-directed learning that life offers beyond formal schooling, suggesting it truly begins at the age of 19. It reflects on the tendency to move away from faith and community during this period, questioning whether life's purpose extends beyond personal achievements and material success. The narrative draws parallels with Mary's unquestioning faith and the concept of divine design, underscoring the value of confronting fears and actively engaging with life's challenges. The author illustrates these ideas with a personal anecdote about mediating a conflict between their children, using it as a metaphor for divine intervention. The post concludes by encouraging a proactive approach to life's journey, inspired by biblical teachings that advocate for trust and courage in the face of fear.
 
Tips for Making and Keeping a New Years Resolution Father Mark-Mary
31 December 2023
In his presentation on making New Year's resolutions, Father Mark-Mary of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal shares a technique for setting and keeping resolutions. He emphasizes the importance of having resolutions that are concrete, clear, convenient, and accountable. Instead of vague goals like being more patient or improving prayer life, he suggests specific, measurable actions, such as praying an extra 10 minutes a day or exercising patience at least once daily. He highlights the convenience of tracking progress in a simple, sustainable way, like using a Google Doc for daily check-ins on specific goals, including sleep times, meals, exercise, and prayer. Father Mark-Mary also stresses the importance of accountability, suggesting sharing goals and progress with someone else for regular review. He concludes by reminding viewers that good intentions combined with a solid strategy can lead to transformative growth in virtue, prayer, and overall holistic health.
 
The Year We Left AVAAZ
30 December 2023
The YouTube video 'The Year We Left' seems to be a heartfelt message about environmental care and the power of collective action. The speakers reflects on the type of world we will leave for future generations, expressing hope inspired by a community of millions who act to make the world better. The speakers emphasizes the importance of staying hopeful despite challenges and highlights the significance of small actions like signing petitions, sharing online, or donating.
 
Song - You make me brave Bethel Music Kids
30 December 2023
The song 'You Make Me Brave' is a profound expression of faith, emphasizing the overwhelming power and support found in God's love. The opening lines set a tone of humility and awe, acknowledging God's greatness and majesty. This reverence is directed towards the 'King of Heaven,' indicating a deep respect and recognition of God's supreme authority. The imagery of God's love as waves that crash over the singer is striking and central to the song. It suggests that God's love is not just a gentle presence but an overwhelming force, akin to the relentless and enveloping nature of ocean waves.
 
Poem - Sands of Illusion Marist Laity Australia
29 December 2023
'Sands of Illusion' is a reflective narrative that charts the journey of life from the innocence of birth to the wisdom at life’s end. The poem captures the various stages of growth, portraying the loss of childhood naivety at a beachside setting where lessons are learned through play and interaction with family. It navigates through adolescence, marked by self-consciousness and the struggle for identity, then into adulthood, where illusions of control and expectations are confronted and redefined. The speaker's life story unfolds amidst personal relationships, parenthood, and the unforeseen challenges of health during a pandemic, leading to a profound understanding of life's transient nature. Finally, it culminates in a peaceful acceptance of death, recognizing a life lived fully and richly, well beyond the constraints of early illusions.
 
Poem - The Hidden Symphony Andrew Dumas
27 December 2023
The poem is an allegory of life's journey, with the drawn curtain symbolizing the divine mystery, the veiling of God's full revelation to humanity. It captures the essence of human experience, beginning with the innocence of birth, as represented by the anticipation of an orchestral performance. As the narrative unfolds, the unraised curtain reflects the unseen aspects of life's path and the faith required to navigate it. The unrest among the audience mirrors the disillusionment some face when expectations of clarity and revelation are not met, akin to those who depart from the church when confronted with spiritual obscurity. Despite the challenges and changes in the melody of life, marked by the conductor's fall and the subsequent shift in music, the speaker stays in the opera house—just as some steadfastly remain in their faith. The poem concludes with a note of gratitude, acknowledging the value of participating in life's great, albeit often unseen, performance. This layered narrative invites reflection on the complexities of faith, the search for divine understanding, and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of life's unresolved mysteries.
 
Song - Christmas Hallelujah - Caleb and Kelsey Caleb and Kelsey
24 December 2023
I've heard about this baby boy. Who's come to earth to bring us joy. And I just want to sing this song to you. It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth. The minor fall, the major lift. With every breath I'm singing Hallelujah. Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah
 
The Story of Saint Barbara Marist Laity Australia
22 December 2023
Saint Barbara, a Christian martyr from the mid-3rd century, was the daughter of a wealthy pagan named Dioscorus, who secluded her in a tower to protect her from outside influences. Despite this, Barbara embraced Christianity in secret. When her father discovered her faith after she had three windows installed in a bathhouse to symbolize the Holy Trinity, he subjected her to cruel tortures. Barbara remained steadfast, experiencing miraculous healings and divine interventions. Ultimately, she was executed by her father, who was immediately struck down by divine lightning. Her steadfastness in faith and her tragic end have made her a symbol of resilience and courage in Christianity.
 
Modern - AI Generated image - of Jean Marie Chavoin Marist Laity Australia
17 December 2023
Dive into a unique visual journey where artificial intelligence with Jean-Marie Chavion. We present a series of seven AI-generated artworks that imagine what Marist Sister Jean-Marie Chavoin would look like today. Each encapsulates the 18th-century religious habit, the emblematic cross, and the sacred figures of Jesus and Mary set against a backdrop steeped in divine ambiance.
 
Hallow Application Alex Jones
17 December 2023
In an interview, actor Jonathan Roumie discusses the transformative impact of his work on the 'Hallow' app and the series 'The Chosen' on people's understanding of Jesus's life. He highlights the Pre-25 Advent Prayer Challenge on the 'Hallow' app as a means to deepen one's relationship with Christ, especially in today's turbulent world. Roumie emphasizes that the app offers numerous ways to engage with faith, from scripture readings to music, catering to all denominations of Christianity.
 
Jonathan Roumie (Jesus) surprises Gen Z The Chosen
17 December 2023
Jonathan Roumie, who plays Jesus in 'The Chosen,' surprises a group of young people touring the Utah set of Golan, representing Jerusalem. He shows them around, including the set built to withstand the elements, the area where they film Jerusalem's story, and the Pool of Bethesda set which doubles as a courtyard. Roumie then engages with the group in Provo in a candid conversation about his personal struggles, his faith journey, and how a profound moment of prayer and surrender led to unexpected financial help and eventually to his role in 'The Chosen.' He emphasizes the impact the show has had on people, seeing it as his calling.
 
The Serenity Prayer Marist Laity Australia
15 December 2023
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference...
 
Song - Let There Be Peace Matt Maher
15 December 2023
One star burns in the darkness. Shines with the promise, Emmanuel. One child born in the stillness. Living within us, Emmanuel
 
The Science of Kindness Dr. Laurie Santos
15 December 2023
'The Science of Kindness' discusses how engaging in acts of kindness can lead to increased happiness. Contrary to popular self-care mantras that emphasize treating oneself, the video suggests that happiness is more closely linked to altruistic behaviors, such as volunteering, reaching out to friends, and donating money. Studies cited indicate that people who spend money on others tend to be happier than those who spend on themselves, regardless of the amount. Additionally, being kind has benefits beyond emotional well-being, including physical health improvements like reduced blood pressure and stress levels. The advice offered is to perform acts of kindness, which can be as simple as giving compliments, to harness the psychological benefits of such actions and ultimately contribute to personal happiness.
 
The Secret of Fatima explained EWTN
14 December 2023
'The Secret of Fatima explained' EWTN Vaticano delves into the second part of the secrets of Fatima. It discusses the Virgin Mary's call for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart and the promise of peace if her requests are met. The program features an interview with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who clarifies the Church's response to this request and discusses the consecrations performed by Popes Pius XII and John Paul II. The text also touches on Sister Lucia's writings, including her views on Mary as co-redemptrix and the responses to her letters, providing a theological and spiritual perspective on the Fatima message. The transcript further explores the ongoing relevance of the message of Fatima, emphasizing themes of conversion, intercession, and peace. Sister Lucia's final interactions with Cardinal Bertone are also recounted, offering personal insights into her experiences and the enduring impact of the Fatima apparitions.
 
Song - Who you say I am First Baptists Dallas
10 December 2023
The song 'Who You Say I Am' is a contemporary Christian song that carries deep theological and spiritual meanings. Its lyrics reflect several key themes common in Christian belief:Divine Love and Acceptance: The song begins with a sense of wonder and gratitude towards the Christian understanding of God, who is portrayed as a loving and accepting deity. The lines 'Who am I that the highest King would welcome me?' express a sense of humility and amazement at being loved and accepted by God.
 
Why Beatify Jean-Claude Colin? Father Alois Greiler
10 December 2023
The presentation titled 'Why Beatify John Claude Colin' discusses the potential beatification of Father Jean-Claude Colin, founder of the Society of Mary (Marists). The speaker reflects on the various perspectives within the Marist community about recognizing Colin as a saint, mentioning other Marist figures who have been canonized or considered saintly, such as Saint Peter Chanel. The talk emphasizes that Colin himself understood and used the process of beatification and canonization, promoting it for others like Chanel.
 
Story - Michael Evison Michael Evison
10 December 2023
Michael shares his lifelong connection with the Marist community, which began when he was ten years old and continued through his education with the Marist Brothers at Mossman and later at a high school in North Sydney. His profound admiration for his teachers led him to join the brothers for some time, and although he ultimately left, he continued teaching in Marist schools as a lay teacher and maintained strong friendships within the community.
 
Song - Dancing on the Waves Bethel Music
01 December 2023
'Dancing on the Waves' is a song that appears to be written from the perspective of a divine or spiritual entity expressing unconditional love and support for a person who is weary and burdened. The lyrics use vivid metaphors and imagery to convey a message of comfort, healing, and divine love.
 
Advent Day 6 - Richard Rohr - necessary suffering Kate Bowler and Richard Rohr
01 December 2023
In the 'Advent Day 6' video featuring Richard Rohr and Kate Bowler, they discuss the concept of 'necessary suffering' in the spiritual journey. Richard Rohr, drawing from Carl Jung, suggests that people often find themselves on a spiritual path due to challenging life events such as job loss, illness, addiction, or personal brokenness. Kate Bowler shares her experience of feeling surprised and somewhat insulted by her own suffering, noting how she felt like she had failed somehow. They discuss the shame and stigma attached to suffering in modern culture, where suffering can be misconstrued as a personal failure.
 
Life will break your heart - Kate Bowler Kate Bowler
01 December 2023
Kate Bowler's speech 'Life Will Break Your Heart' is a powerful and introspective narrative that weaves through her personal journey, beginning with her ambitions and academic pursuits to her unexpected struggle with stage four cancer. Bowler, who specialized in studying the American prosperity gospel, a subset of Christianity that preaches health and wealth as God's rewards for faithfulness, found her life upended by her cancer diagnosis.
 
The Real Risk of Forgiveness - And Why Its Worth It - Sarah Montana Sarah Montana
26 November 2023
In the TED Talk 'The Real Risk of Forgiveness–And Why It’s Worth It,' Sarah Montana shares her personal journey of grappling with the concept of forgiveness after the murder of her mother and brother. She outlines her struggle to genuinely forgive the perpetrator, a struggle compounded by the societal expectation to quickly forgive. Montana delves into the reasons people forgive, often prematurely, such as to be seen as a good person, to alleviate discomfort for others, or as a perceived shortcut to healing.
 
Forgiving The Unforgivable - Abdallah Family The Project - Abdallah Family
26 November 2023
Leila and Danny Abdallah experienced a profound tragedy on February 1, 2020, when three of their children, Antony (13), Angelina (12), and Sienna (8), along with their cousin Veronique Sakr (11), were killed by a drunk driver. The children, along with other family members, were walking to a local shop to buy ice cream when the accident occurred​​.
 
Luggage - Forgiveness - Rob Bell Rob Bell
26 November 2023
In Rob Bell's Nooma video 'Luggage,' he explores the concept of forgiveness through a series of narratives and reflections. The central theme revolves around how carrying the burden of unforgiveness is like lugging heavy bags throughout life, causing exhaustion and preventing true freedom.
 
The Shack - The Together Scene - Forgiveness Movie - The Shack
25 November 2023
In the movie 'The Shack,' the 'together' scene is a pivotal moment where the main character, Mack, is struggling with the deep pain and anger he feels towards God after the tragic murder of his young daughter. In this scene, God explains to Mack that despite the immense pain he is going through, God has been with him through his suffering, experiencing it alongside him. God is portrayed as being deeply empathetic and sorrowful about Mack's loss. This scene addresses the problem of evil and suffering in the world and God's presence (or perceived absence) in the midst of human pain. It's a cinematic exploration of the theme that God does not cause suffering but is present with humans in their suffering. This scene, like the book it's based on, is an attempt to provide comfort and understanding about how a loving deity can exist in a world where terrible things happen.
 
One - U2 Mary J. Blige, U2
25 November 2023
'One' by U2 is often interpreted as a song about unity and reconciliation. The lyrics suggest a dialogue between two people who have experienced conflict and are contemplating whether their relationship can be salvaged. The song speaks to the possibility of coming together as 'one' despite differences, but also acknowledges the hurt and bitterness that can keep people apart.
 
2004 - Boston - Marist Laity - Conference Marist Laity Australia
24 November 2023
2004 Boston Marist Laity Conference. This video was inspired by Marists who contributed to the development of Marist Laity Australia. Sister Mary Keegan smsm, Sister Marie Berise sm. Beryl Prescot and Barbara Ashwell. Thank you.
 
TED Talk - The Benefits of Nature for Mental Health Kayann Humble
22 November 2023
The TED talk 'The Benefits of Nature for Mental Health' emphasizes the multifaceted benefits of interacting with nature, particularly its positive impact on mental and physical health. The speaker begins by sharing a personal anecdote about gardening, using this as a segue into a broader discussion about the holistic benefits of nature. It's highlighted that 970 million people worldwide struggle with mental illness, with many others experiencing symptoms that disrupt daily life.
 
Water from the Rock - Paragraph 43 Water from the Rock
19 November 2023
The story of our spirituality is indeed a simple one. It is a story ofwomen and men who find within a thirst that only God canquench. Having drunk deeply, they find themselves filled with Jesus’own desire – to give flesh to God’s Good News. Moved by the Spirit,urged by God’s own longing to bring life to the world, we becomestreams of living water, flowing through the personal, communal, andministry aspects of our lives.
 
Song - Chris Tomlin - We The Kingdom - Christmas Day Chris Tomlin
19 November 2023
'Christmas Day' by We The Kingdom is a festive song that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, emphasizing the joy and significance of this event. The lyrics invite everyone, from the most humble to the greatest, to adore and find peace in Jesus, known as Emmanuel, meaning 'God with us.' The song acknowledges the sovereignty of God and His goodness, and highlights the central Christian belief that Jesus was born to conquer death, symbolizing hope and redemption for humanity.
 
Song - Lord of My Life - Matt Maher Matt Maher
14 November 2023
This song by Matt Maher, 'Be the Lord of My Life,' speaks to a spiritual journey and the desire for divine guidance and surrender. The opening lines depict a person feeling lost and directionless, akin to a ship without an anchor or a sky without a North star, symbolizing the lack of guidance and stability in life. The heart's tendency to wander represents the human inclination to stray from one's path or faith.
 
Oprah - The Power of Prayer - Experiment Oprah
11 November 2023
In this episode of Oprah's 'Super Soul Sunday,' the discussion is centered around the 'Power of Prayer.' Oprah introduces Dr. Larry Dossey, a medical doctor who changed his skepticism about prayer after discovering scientific evidence supporting its efficacy in healing. He shares a study from San Francisco General Hospital involving 400 heart patients, where the half who were prayed for without their knowledge had significantly better health outcomes compared to those who did not receive prayers.
 
Song - Come to the Table Sidewalk Prophets
11 November 2023
The song 'Come to the Table' speaks to the theme of inclusiveness and redemption in the Christian faith. It portrays a picture of grace that invites everyone, regardless of their past or present circumstances, to join in fellowship. The table serves as a metaphor for the place where people receive grace, symbolized by their inclusion alongside the Savior. The lyrics emphasize that all are welcome, from sinners to saints, and that one's burdens and shames can be left behind. It is an invitation to experience freedom and redemption, to sit down and be set free by the transformative power of love and mercy.
 
Jesus forgives Mary Magdalene The Chosen
09 November 2023
This is a moving seen of redemption. Mary Magdalene returns to Jesus and seeks forgiveness. Jesus treats Mary with a tremendous amount of human dignity. Jesus sees the dignity of who Mary is.
 
Song - Brave Nichole Nordeman
05 November 2023
'Brave' by Nichole Nordeman is a song about breaking free from the constraints of fear and the comfort of complacency to embrace a life of faith and courage. The lyrics describe the familiar, wide path of moderation and the middle ground that many people walk—a place where it's easy to blend in with the crowd and live without making waves or standing out.
 
Why we have too few women leaders - Sheryl Sandberg Sheryl Sandberg
05 November 2023
Sheryl Sandberg's TED Talk, 'Why we have too few women leaders,' addresses the issue of women's underrepresentation at the highest levels of professional sectors worldwide. She begins by sharing staggering statistics: out of 190 heads of state, only nine are women; women hold just 13% of parliamentary positions globally; and they make up a meager 15-16% of C-level jobs and corporate board seats, a figure that has been stagnant since 2002 and is, in some cases, declining.
 
Movie - ER - Greenes very last patient - Never let your work become your life, live a little ER
05 November 2023
This episode features Dr.Greene's last day working at the ER and finally coming to terms with the fact he is going to die and he wants to die the way he lived his life. Fans of the show will notice many heartbreaking moments in this episode. Like when he tells the patient that he too knows what it is like to be dying. The 2 most painful moments are when he is leaving for the last time. When he is walking toward the door he makes eye contact for the last time with his longtime crush, Dr.Lewis, and as he walks to the door he responds to Abby's goodnight with a crushing 'goodbye'. The final scene between Greene and Carter passes the torch from one to the other, but in doing so leaves a huge void the show has never filled. Dr. Greene set the tone.
 
Blog - Remember who you are Marist Laity Australia
04 November 2023
In the cinematic masterpiece 'The Lion King,' we find Simba grappling with his identity and destiny. The spectral vision of his father, Mufasa, implores him to 'remember who you are,' a pivotal moment that ignites Simba's journey back to his rightful place. However, it is his encounter with the sagacious Rafiki that serves as the true catalyst for Simba's awakening. Rafiki's challenge and the realization of his family's plight galvanize Simba to shift his focus from the frivolities of an aimless existence to a profound desire to forge a difference.

 
Saint Francis of Assisi and peace Father Mario Conte
02 November 2023
Saint Francis of Assisi is revered not only as the patron saint of Italy but also of the environment and animals, reflecting his profound love for all of creation. His commitment to peace was recognized universally, with Pope Francis emphasizing his role during a religious meeting in Bulgaria. Saint Bonaventure, in 1260, and Thomas of Celano both depicted Saint Francis as a harbinger of peace. Central to Saint Francis's teachings was the belief that genuine peace arises from forgiveness.
 
Song - Peace has come Hillsong
02 November 2023
The song is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, emphasizing the significance of his arrival in Bethlehem. It highlights the incarnation of the 'word of God' in flesh, portraying Jesus as the savior of a broken world. Throughout the song, angelic voices urge people to adore and worship Jesus, recognizing him as the source of peace for humanity. The song repeatedly emphasizes that with Jesus's arrival, 'peace has come,' suggesting a divine intervention to heal and restore the world. The repeated lines 'Oh, come let us adore him' highlight the reverence and worship Jesus is accorded, emphasizing his divine and regal status as the 'king' who is now among humanity. Overall, the song is a declaration of joy, worship, and hope brought about by the birth of Jesus.
 
Song - Valuable Lauren Daigle
29 October 2023
The Song conveys a message of inherent worth and divine love. It speaks to someone who, despite their inherent beauty and kindness, struggles with self-worth and might have been influenced by external narratives or past traumas. The text emphasizes the divine's perspective, suggesting that God sees the person's true value, catching every tear and understanding their pain. It's a reminder that no matter how one feels or the stories they've internalized, from a higher perspective, they are infinitely valuable and loved.
 
The Prince of Egypt - Learning Activities Dream Works
27 October 2023
This is a great film to watch as a family or in class. There are deep Jewish and Christians connections to our common biblical origins. Discuss the answers together.
 
Song - Glory - John Legend - Common John Legend and Common
22 October 2023
'Glory' by John Legend and Common is a powerful anthem written for the movie 'Selma,' which chronicles the 1965 voting rights marches led by Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The song draws parallels between the civil rights movement of the 1960s and contemporary struggles for racial equality and justice. By interweaving historical references with current events, 'Glory' emphasizes the enduring fight for justice, equality, and freedom, reminding listeners of the sacrifices made in the past and the work that still lies ahead. The song's refrain, 'One day, when the glory comes,' encapsulates a hopeful vision of a just and equitable future.
 
Blog - Let my desire be Your desire Marist Laity Australia
21 October 2023
The same prayer that Mary prays at the beginning of the Gospel is the same prayer that Jesus prays at the end of the Gospel. “Let Your will be done”. In our fast-paced world. Where the consumer often wins. The ego and individual often gets the control seat.
 
Movie - The Shift - By Wayne Dyer Dr Wayne Dyer
19 October 2023
'The Shift', also known as 'Ambition to Meaning' in some releases, is a spiritual film featuring Dr. Wayne Dyer. It explores the transformational journey of moving from a life built on ambition, external achievements, and accumulation (often associated with the first half of life) to a life of purpose, meaning, and inner fulfillment (often associated with the second half of life).
 
Hashtag - thankyouforbeing Andrew Dumas
15 October 2023
Please join and post the handtag - Thankyouforbeing . To my Aboriginal brothers and sisters. I am sorry. I would like to recognise you as the first people of Australia. I would like to listen to your Aboriginal Voice. Let us all move forward in reconciliation. #Thankyouforbeing
 
A voice for the voiceless - a modern day parable Marist Laity Australia
14 October 2023
'A voice for the voiceless a modern day parable' reflects on a moment of courage and empathy amidst a sea of indifference during their commute. On crutches due to knee surgery, the author occupied a disabled seat on the train when a heavily pregnant woman boarded. As fellow passengers remained engrossed in their screens, seemingly oblivious, the author felt compelled to act. Overcoming their own fear and hesitation, they raised their voice, requesting a seat for the pregnant woman. While most passengers ignored the plea, one man, engrossed in reading his Bible, responded with kindness, offering his seat. This incident highlights the often-overlooked reality that many vulnerable individuals, especially the voiceless, suffer in silence, and it calls upon us to be observant and care for those without a voice.
 
Song - In This Together Ellie Goulding & Steven Price
04 October 2023
Song by Ellie Goulding & Steven Price. Is it really over?The echoes just seem to get longer. How did we get here?There was so much love in us. And all I have left is my faith. I can change.
 
Daring Classrooms - Brené Brown Brene Brown
23 September 2023
Brown emphasizes that courage involves showing up and being seen, even when the outcome is uncertain. Drawing from her extensive research, she identifies four key skill sets for building courage: vulnerability, clarity of values, trust, and resilience. She highlights the importance of resilience in getting back up after experiencing setbacks and failures, emphasizing that courage often involves falling down but having the strength to rise again.
 
Song - Your the Voice - John Farmham John Farmham
10 September 2023
The official song for the Aboriginal Voice to Parliament. 'You're the Voice' themes of speaking out, making a difference, and working collaboratively for change can be seen as resonating with the broader goals of Indigenous Voice and recognition in Australia. Both the song and the movement encourage individuals and communities to find their voice and be heard on important issues
 
Can a Voice to Parliament improve Indigenous lives ABC News
10 September 2023
In a discussion led by Carly Williams, the ABC's National Indigenous Correspondent, and joined by Fran Kelly, they explore the potential impact of the proposed Aboriginal Voice to Parliament on addressing issues related to youth crime, particularly among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in regional towns across Australia.
 
Web site - indigenousvoice.church National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council.
03 September 2023
This web site provides a series of resources for Catholics to discern there way forward with the Aboriginal Voice to Parliament. It includes messages from key leaders, catholic social justice teachings, resources for teaching and FAQ questions and answers. Please have a look at these resources.
 
Song - If now now Paul Kelly
01 September 2023
Paul Kelly's song 'If Not Now' carries a message of urgency and a call to action regarding the issue of the Aboriginal Voice to Parliament. In this song, Kelly conveys a sense of incompleteness, a feeling that something crucial is missing, both in the Australian society and in the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. The lyrics suggest that there's a historical burden, represented as a 'splinter in the mind' and a 'whisper in the heart.' This burden is the unfinished business of addressing historical injustices faced by Indigenous Australians, including dispossession, discrimination, and marginalization.
 
Blog - A Promotional Job Marist Laity Australia
29 August 2023
In the second half of term three in schools often there is a rush for new job advertisements of new coordinators, assistant principals and principals. Sometimes teachers come up to you and say “so are you going to apply for this new position?” while others not applying begin chatting behind the scenes saying “I wonder who will fill this new position?” Our culture is often fixed on climbing this corporate ladder. As if there is something wrong if you do not apply for a promotional position.
 
Song - Our God will reign forever Father Rob Galea
25 August 2023
Woah-Oh-Oh-Oh. Woah-Oh-Oh-Oh. Woah-Oh-Oh-Oh. Our God will reign forever. Awesome God forever. God will reign forever moreWe stand as one together. Our God will reign forever. God will reign forever more
 
Blog - The Parramatta Eels - Being Spiritually Lost Marist Laity Australia
23 August 2023
On a warm Saturday afternoon in September 1986, I vividly recall my childhood memory of entering the family television room. It was a moment etched in time, a time when my small frame joined my family to witness the triumphant victory of the Parramatta Eels in their last rugby league grand final. The game was one of endurance, built on a foundation of staunch defense a battleground marked by mud, blood, and wearied players. Yet, amidst the grit, there shone an unyielding self-belief, a conviction that the seemingly impossible could be achieved. Gathered around the television, my siblings, parents, and I cheered fervently, a collective electric energy pulsating through the room. This shared experience was electric, a moment that imprinted the essence of the Parramatta Eels within me. From that day in 1986, I embarked on an ardent journey, fervently following each and every game, nurturing my passion for the team.
 
Song - Head Above Water Avril Lavigne
20 August 2023
The song 'Head Above Water' by Avril Lavigne reflects themes of struggle, strength, and faith in the face of challenging circumstances. The lyrics convey a sense of being overwhelmed by difficulties, yet seeking the strength to overcome them and keep moving forward. The song's central message is one of resilience and the determination to stay afloat amidst adversity.
 
Your body language may shape who you are - Amy Cuddy Amy Cuddy
20 August 2023
Amy Cuddy's talk revolves around the concept of nonverbal expressions of power and how they influence our thoughts, feelings, and physiology. She begins by proposing a simple no-tech life hack: changing your posture for just two minutes can have a significant impact. She asks the audience to audit their current body language and notes that people often make themselves smaller, hunch, or close up in various ways. She emphasizes that nonverbal behavior, or body language, communicates not only with others but also with ourselves.
 
Scene - Jesus walks on Water The Chosen
20 August 2023
In this scene from the TV series 'The Chosen,' the disciples are struggling against strong winds while on a boat during the fourth watch of the night. Simon expresses doubt, suggesting they should turn back due to the challenging conditions. However, Jesus encourages him to keep going and assures him that they can make it to their destination.
 
Blog - Being more Active - Confirmation and Synodality Marist Laity Australia
20 August 2023
On Sunday, my youngest son will receive the sacrament of confirmation in our local Catholic Church. He has chosen the Franciscan name Maximillian Kolbe after being inspired by the story of him over the dinner table. On Thursday, his grandparents took him to the confirmation practice as both my wife and myself were not able to attend. We were later to hear that the regular Diocesan Bishop of Broken Bay was not able to attend, but rather, our former Bishop, David Walker would be there. Following, in preparation, my wife and I visited our local Koorong books. As we walked out of the Koorong Books, Bishop David Walker was walking in. How random? I thought to myself or rather, is this serendipity? How funny we were only talking about him, by chance he would be our bishop on Sunday, then he suddenly appears. I think there is no chance in this, but rather, that, we are all somehow connected.
 
Book - The Healing Path James Finley
18 August 2023
The transcript by James Finley from the podcast episode discusses his book 'The Healing Path: A Memoir and an Invitation.' In this excerpt, Finley reflects on various themes from the book and his personal experiences. He mentions how he resonated with Thomas Merton's desire for solitude and shares his own connection with Merton's teachings. Finley talks about the transformative power of spiritual writers whose words resonate deeply within, and how such writers can guide us on the spiritual journey.
 
Two Crowns - The Life of Maxmillian Kolbe - Move Promocja Kondrat-Media
14 August 2023
'Two Crowns' is a biographical film that chronicles the remarkable life of Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish Franciscan friar and priest who became a symbol of selflessness and heroism during World War II. The movie portrays his journey from his early years to his eventual martyrdom at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
 
Song and Prayer - St Maximilian Kolbe By: Fr. Kevin McGee - Saskatoon, Canada
14 August 2023
The song 'Maximilian Kolbe' tells the powerful story of Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish Catholic priest who was imprisoned in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. The song portrays his selfless sacrifice and unwavering love in the face of unimaginable cruelty and despair.
 
Documentary - Maximilian Kolbe HM Teleivision
14 August 2023
The documentary explores the life and legacy of Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan friar and priest known for his selflessness and courage during the Holocaust. Born as Raymond Kolbe in 1894 in Poland, he early on believed that he was destined for martyrdom and dedicated his life to spreading the devotion to the Virgin Mary. He founded the Crusade of Mary Immaculate to counteract the influence of freemasonry and promote love for Mary.
 
Song - Fix You Cold Play
10 August 2023
'Fix You' by Coldplay is a song that conveys themes of comfort, support, and healing in times of difficulty and despair. The lyrics suggest a deep empathy for someone who is struggling, facing challenges, or experiencing emotional pain. The singer offers to be there for the person, metaphorically using the idea of 'fixing' to represent offering solace, guidance, and emotional support to help them overcome their troubles.Throughout the song, there is a recurring motif of 'lights guiding you home' and 'igniting your bones,' which symbolize hope, guidance, and renewal. The message is about being a source of strength for someone during their darkest moments, and the song encourages the listener to keep pushing forward, even when life feels overwhelming or when faced with loss and heartache.In essence, 'Fix You' is about the power of love, compassion, and empathy to help mend emotional wounds and bring light to difficult situations.
 
The Healing - A Womans Journey - Tamara Harding Tamara Harding
07 August 2023
This powerful story follows the remarkable Tamara Sloper-Harding as she returns to East Timor to help rebuild the nation of East-Timor. Tamara served with the Australian military in 1999 following the end of the barbaric occupation of Timor by Indonesia. This experience changed Tamara's life and formed a life-long relationship with the country, resonant of the experience of WW2 Australian commandos who fought in Timor.
 
Song - My Island Home - Warumpi Band Warumpi Band
06 August 2023
'My Island Home' is a deeply meaningful and evocative song that touches on themes of identity, belonging, and the longing for a sense of place and connection to one's cultural roots. Originally written by Neil Murray, the song was made famous by Christine Anu's powerful rendition, which resonated with many Australians. The song's lyrics tell the story of an Indigenous person who has been living in the city for six years. Despite being away from their ancestral homeland, the person constantly dreams of their island home and the sea, symbolizing a profound yearning for a return to their cultural heritage and the land of their ancestors.
 
Blog - An operation Marist Laity Australia
30 July 2023
Yesterday I had an operation. I felt a little scared and worried as to what would happen. Lying almost naked with just a patient gown with no underpants. Prior, as my wife drove me to the hospital at 5 a.m a song came over the radio by Leona Lewis. I felt god speaking directly to me through the song.
 
Hurt and the Healer - MercyMe Mercy Me
30 July 2023
Why? The question that is never far away. The healing doesn't come from the explained. Jesus please don't let this go in vain. You're all I have. All that remains. So here I am. What's left of me. Where glory meets my suffering
 
Blog - Missing the Invisible Marist Laity Australia
27 July 2023
In the Christian creed we pray that God is visible and invisible. As people who reflect God, we too are visible and invisible. However, we often forget the invisible or what is hidden as not as important. They are inextricably linked.
 
Marist Camino 2023 Sister Margaret Tisch smsm
25 July 2023
Yesterday was a very special day for many reasons, one being that it was exactly 207 years to the very day when five priests (ordained the day before) and 7 seminarians walked up nearly 800 steps before dawn and left a signed document at the Church of the Black Madonna dedicating their lives to Mary the mother of God; the beginning of the Marist movement.
 
Song ~ Blessed Assurance CityAlight
25 July 2023
All my attempts to be satisfied. Were vain and empty. Until the moment You rescued me. And Your love filled me. My soul sings. Now my soul sings
 
Is Church like Macdonald’s? Marist Laity Australia
24 July 2023
Often, I ask my kids the questions “do you want to go to church?” 98% of the time they respond “no”. As a father I want them to desire with their heart a willingness to go to church. Not because they have to or not because they are forced too. Sometimes I feel quite lost in this situation. I often go to church alone. In the Catholic church, going to church can be like going to Macdonald’s. We go in quickly. We go out quickly. We don’t talk to many people. There is a man dressed up in suite red and yellow who smiles and waves. In the Catholic church the colours are a little bit different, maybe, white, green, red. He smiles. Are we meant to smile back? In the time in MacDonald’s, conversations do not have time to go very deep. This is a culture of consumerism. What do I want? What would you like from the MacDonald’s menu? Clearly the old Catholic church seems not to cut it. At least not like French fries.
 
Fourviere 2023 - Marist Camino Marist Laity Australia
23 July 2023
We invite you,your school, community and familyto commemorate the Marists who took the first Marist Fourviere Pledge in France 1816The 12 seminarians walked the stairs at Fourviere France on July 23rd 1816.In 2023 we will walk the Harbour Bridge.We begin by acknowledging country...People can enter at any stage of the journey.
 
The Inner Landscape of Beauty - John ODonohue John ODonohue
21 July 2023
In this captivating interview, Irish poet and philosopher John O'Donoghue emphasizes the human calling to embrace beauty. With a deep fascination for the inner human landscape and the interconnectedness of the visible and invisible worlds, O'Donoghue's words continue to resonate even after his untimely passing in 2008. His works, such as 'Anam Cara' and 'Bless the Space Between Us,' have touched hearts worldwide, bringing ancient mystical wisdom to contemporary longings and uncertainties. Growing up in the limestone landscape of County Clare, Western Ireland, O'Donoghue found himself immersed in a world where the divine manifested everywhere and in everything.
 
Everything is a gift - Richard Rohr Richard Rohr
19 July 2023
In Richard Rohr's presentation on 'Everything is a Gift,' he advocates transcending the logical mind to access a deeper contemplative self. Through prayer practice and mindfulness, one can realize that everything is a gift, fostering a sense of gratitude and humility. He highlights the significance of recognizing the mystery of the divine and avoiding presumptions of understanding God's nature.
 
Developing a sense of beauty Marist Laity Australia
14 July 2023
In today's world, where materialism and superficiality often take center stage, it becomes crucial to guide young minds toward developing a genuine sense of beauty—one that transcends external appearances. Recently, I had a heartfelt conversation with my niece about body image and clothing choices. It made me reflect on the invisible aspects of beauty and the importance of nurturing self-worth and self-esteem in our loved ones.
 
Growing in Synodality Michael Whelan sm
03 July 2023
“We gain control by letting go. We come to know by not knowing,” says Fr Michael Whelan SM ashe explains the power of listening within. Life, sooner or later - if we let it - leads us into the realisation that the more we know, the more we know we do not know. In other words, we experience the inexhaustible intelligibility of reality. This is what we call mystery. Life does have many problems that invite solutions. But life itself is not a problem. We should not look for solutions to life. Life is a mystery to be lived. As in life, there are many problems in the Church that invite solutions. But, as in life, the Church - our life together in Christ - is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived.
 
Prayer for Marist Educators Unknown
17 June 2023
Recently I have been preparing the vegetable garden for thespring planting, great plans are a foot! Removing the weeds,spreading compost and fertiliser, digging over the ground inexcited anticipation of the abundance of produce that will beharvested throughout the summer and beyond.
 
Song - Marcelino Ensinou - Escola Marista Santa Marta FMS Champagnat
17 June 2023
Now you and I are invited. To continue what Champagnat began. To be a bridge and a beacon of hope. To unite and enliven lives and hearts. We fight for the same idea...
 
Brené Brown on braving the wilderness Brené Brown
14 June 2023
Brené Brown reflects on their deep admiration for a person referred to as 'my Angela,' who has been their constant source of guidance and inspiration throughout their life. They express their love and appreciation for my Angela's work, except for one quote that has bothered them for decades. The quote suggests that freedom comes from belonging nowhere, which contradicts Brené Brown's understanding of the importance of love and belonging in human suffering. However, upon further exploration, Brené Brown discovers a deeper meaning behind my Angela's words. True belonging, as my Angela explains in an interview, is a spiritual practice that involves finding sacredness in both being a part of something and having the courage to stand alone, even if it means disagreeing or having different opinions. Brené Brown concludes that belonging everywhere and nowhere is liberating.
 
Blog - Do this in memory of me Marist Laity Australia
12 June 2023
Reflecting on the phrase 'do this in memory of me,' it is essential for us as Marists to understand that our participation in the Eucharist goes beyond receiving the body and blood of Jesus. As Christians, we are called to actively partake in the saving action of Jesus Christ. This requires us to embrace the fullness of our faith and respond to Jesus' call to take up our cross and follow him. Just as Marcellin Champagnat, Jean-Maree Chavoin, Francoise Perroton, and the Virgin Mary exemplified the way of Christ, we too are called to model Jesus in every aspect of our lives....
 
Song - I am the bread of life Steve Agrisano
11 June 2023
I am the Bread of Life, I am the hope in night, I am the door wide open, I am the shepherd’s might, I am the truth and light, I am the way and life, I Am Who Am and I am for you: come and follow me.
 
Marcellin Champagnat‘s dream FMS Champagnat
06 June 2023
Marcellin, born in the small village of Lebasat in France, witnessed the lack of educational opportunities and the mistreatment of children in existing schools. Motivated to bring about change, he founded a school in Lavala to teach reading, writing, and religious values to underprivileged youth. Marcellin's vision inspired the formation of a network of Marist schools, which rapidly expanded across continents. From Sydney to London, Cape Town to Iberville, and finally Peking, Marist education reached all five continents. Today, spanning 80 countries, nearly 500,000 children and young people receive a quality education in over 600 Marist schools. Guided by Marcellin's dream of accessible education for all, the Marist global network continues to embrace new technologies and collaborate as a global family, generating opportunities and fulfilling its educational mission for children and adolescents worldwide.
 
A Marist heart for children and youths FMS Champagnat
06 June 2023
The inspirational story of the Marist Brothers who are present in the world today wherever there are children and young people in need of support and accompaniment. Whether it be in humble schools, slums, or large urban centers, the Marist Brothers strive to be by their side, embodying the presence of Mary. Their mission extends to diverse contexts, from the orchards of Uruguay to the heart of bustling cities, from football fields to areas in need of healing and access to WiFi. The Marist Brothers are driven by their deep affection for children and young people, rooted in their DNA of brotherhood. Their ultimate goal is the transformation of lives and the affirmation of human dignity. Through their fraternal identity, they offer a gift to the world, providing care and guidance to children and young people, nurturing their spirits and cherishing their well-being. This charism is the cornerstone of their mission in serving the needs of children and young people in today's world.
 
Brother Tony Clark Brother Tony Clarke
06 June 2023
Tony Clark is a Marist Brother hailing from the River Inn of New South Wales. He has dedicated several years of his life to serving others, including his recent work in South Africa and a long tenure in Timor-Leste. Tony's extensive experience also includes significant contributions to the Marist Brothers in Melbourne and Perth....
 
Tim Keller and Kathy Keller - on The Christian Marriage Tim Keller
04 June 2023
Tim and Kathy Keller discuss the distorted and unreal relationship our culture has with marriage. They break down their talk into three parts. Firstly, they present statistics that reveal the changing landscape of marriage, such as the rising divorce rate and the decrease in the percentage of married adults. They also highlight the increasing prevalence of cohabitation. These statistics reflect underlying assumptions, such as the belief that most marriages are unhappy and the importance of finding a perfectly compatible soul mate.
 
Blog - How to live the virtue of simplicity Marist Laity Australia
02 June 2023
Living the virtue of simplicity as a Christian in a complex and materialistic world can be challenging, but it is possible with conscious effort and a focus on your faith. Here are some suggestions for embracing simplicity in various aspects of life.
 
How to deal with dark times | Tim Keller Tim Keller
28 May 2023
This sermon by Tim Keller begins with an apology for the upcoming message, acknowledging the contrast between the joyful worship service and the dark theme of Psalm 88 that will be discussed. The speaker highlights that while the psalms often end with a note of hope, Psalm 88 does not, making it a unique and challenging prayer. The psalm teaches four lessons: darkness can last a long time for a believing Christian, dark times are an opportunity to learn about the grace of God, greatness can be cultivated in dark times, and darkness can be put into perspective. The sermon emphasizes the realism of Christianity, cautioning against false expectations and highlighting the mercy of understanding the reality of suffering. The speaker also discusses how the psalmist's desperate prayer, though not perfect, is included in the Bible as a testament to God's understanding and grace. The sermon concludes by suggesting that dark times are not only places of learning but also opportunities for personal growth and the development of greatness.
 
Mindful Colouring - Pentecost Marist Laity Australia
28 May 2023
Spend 20 minutes mindfully colouring this artwork. Print the PDF and share this as a family, school or community.
 
Praying Our Fears - Timothy Keller Timothy Keller
28 May 2023
In this sermon, the speaker reflects on a passage about fear. The speaker emphasizes the importance of obeying God and following His lead, even in the face of danger and uncertainty. They mention that God's protection works when we are moving forward and obeying Him, and that even in difficult times or painful experiences, God is using them to shield and protect us. The speaker refers to a fairy tale by George MacDonald to illustrate the concept of following God's path, even when it seems uncertain or challenging. They also discuss the idea of locating our glory and security in finite things, which can lead to anxiety and fear. Instead, they encourage the audience to find their glory in God and His approval. The speaker suggests that through prayer and confidence in God's forgiveness and sacrifice, we can find assurance and overcome our fears.
 
Song - Holy Spirit ~ Francesca Battistelli Francesca Battistelli
28 May 2023
There's nothing worth more. That could ever come close. No thing can compare. You're our living hope. Your presence, Lord. I've tasted and seen. Of the sweetest of loves. Where my heart becomes free. And my shame is undone. Your presence, Lord
 
Mindful Colouring - Marcellin teaching in Lavalla Marist Laity Australia
27 May 2023
Spend 20 minutes mindfully colouring this artwork. Print the PDF and share this as a family, school or community.
 
Mindful Colouring - Aboriginal Childrens Corroborree Marist Laity Australia
21 May 2023
Spend 20 minutes mindfully colouring this artwork. Print the PDF and share this as a family, school or community.
 
Prayer for the Aboriginal Voice Andrew Dumas
21 May 2023
Pray this Prayer in your community, family and school. We join our voices together in support of an Aboriginal Voice through song, story, reflection, discussion and stillness.
 
Gifts of the Holy Spirit Father Jim McKeon
14 May 2023
My first car was a Subaru Impreza. I was delighted with discovering two hidden cup holders. Discovering something I did not realise was there is like Holy Spirit.
 
Mindful Colouring 4 - Young John Claude Colin - Praying in the Forest Marist Laity Australia
14 May 2023
Spend 20 minutes mindfully colouring this artwork. Print the PDF and share this as a family, school or community.
 
Mindful Colouring 3 - 12 yr old Jean Maree Chavoin - her family helping the poor in 1790s Marist Laity Australia
08 May 2023
Spend 20 minutes mindfully colouring this artwork. Print the PDF and share this as a family, school or community.
 
Mindful Colouring 2 - Marcellin Champagnat Visits Dying Montagne Marist Laity Australia
07 May 2023
Spend 20 minutes mindfully colouring this artwork. Print the PDF and share this as a family, school or community.
 
Song with Dance Moves - One Way Mannahouse
07 May 2023
I lay my life down at Your feet. 'Cause You're the only one I need. I turn to You and You are always there. In troubled times, it's You I seek. I put You first, that's all I need. I humble all I am all to You. One way, Jesus, You're the only one that I could live for. One way, Jesus, You're the only one that I could live for.
 
Mindful Colouring 1 - Mary Visits Elizabeth Marist Laity Australia
06 May 2023
Spend 20 minutes mindfully colouring this artwork. Print the PDF and share this as a family, school or community.
 
Song - I Thank God Maverick City Music & UPPERROOM
06 May 2023
Wandering into the night. Wanting a place to hide. This weary soul, this bag of bones. And I tried with all my mind. And I just can't win the fight. I'm slowly drifting, oh vagabond. And just when I ran out of road. I met a man I didn't know. And he told me. That I was not alone.
 
Song - I am, you are, we are Australian The Seekers
25 April 2023
I came from the Dreamtime. From the dusty red-soil plains. I am the ancient heart. The keeper of the flame. I stood upon the rocky shores. I watched the tall ships come. For forty thousand years I've been. The first Australian
 
Bishop Vincent Longs Easter Message 2023 Bishop Vincent Long
23 April 2023
In the Gospel of Mark, the Resurrection takes place in silence! The three women went to the tomb in the silence of the night. They met an angel who told them Jesus, the crucified one, had risen. Then, trembling and bewildered, they fled.
 
Bishop Barron and Jonathan Roumie - A Conversation Word on Fire
12 March 2023
Friends, at the Good News Conference, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jonathan Roumie for a conversation moderated by my brother, John. We covered a wide range of topics in our conversation, from “The Simpsons,” to “The Chosen,” to acting tips, to the Word of God.
 
Parents are called to become beacons of hope Marist Laity Australia
11 March 2023
Sometimes I find I can be quite grumpy when I come home with my kids. When my daughter has been using her phone for 1 hour, I can snap at her or when my 8 year old son says “can we play handball?” I can respond with “I am too busy”.
 
Song - Deep Cries Out Bethel Music
11 March 2023
And I've got a river of living water. A fountain that never will run dry (Sing it out). And it's open heaven You're releasing. And we will never be denied. ('Cause we're stirring up)
 
Women, Leadership and the Synodal Process: Where to Now? Catholic Religious Australian
11 March 2023
'Women, Leadership and the Synodal Process: Where to Now?' was an event held on 2 February 2023 in Sydney, with Xavierian Missionary Sister Nathalie Becquart XMCJ, who is one of the most senior women within the Vatican, and indeed one of its most influential figures because of her leading role at the Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops. The Synod is set to address the most important topics facing the Church today and she will have a decisive say on shaping the future of our Church.
 
Seize the day Dead Poet Society
07 March 2023
Mr Keating makes his students leave their classroom for his first class with them, and so tells them that they should 'seize the day' - live life, before you eventually die. From Dead Poets Society.
 
The Land Owns Us Bob Randall
25 February 2023
Bob Randall, an Aboriginal Yankunytjatjara elder and traditional owner of Uluru (Ayer's Rock) in Australia, explains how the connectedness of every living thing to every other living thing is not just an idea but a way of living. This way includes all beings as part of a vast family and calls us to be responsible for this family
 
Marist is a verb Marist Laity Australia
13 February 2023
The early Christians were not called Christians they were known as “the people of the way”. When we call ourselves “Marist” do we lose a sense of who we are? A noun or a name can be static. Something anchored to our memories. Rather could we say “we are people in the way of Mary”. So that the word “Marist” is seen more as a verb than was a noun. “In the way of Mary” is so much more active. It looks to the inspiration of the past through others who have come before us, to be active in the living moment as instruments who as John Claude Colin said “think as Mary”, “feel as Mary” and “act as Mary” did.
 
Song - The In Between Matt Maher
12 February 2023
From death to life. From darkness to a shine. From fear to a peace. I can't explain. From doubts to a hope. Holding on and letting go. Of all the empty promises of shame
 
Ukrainian Choir Sings Agnus Dei Ukraine Choir
12 February 2023
Alleluia Alleluia. For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Alleluia Alleluia. For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Alleluia. Holy holy. Are You Lord God Almighty. Worthy is the Lamb. Worthy is the Lamb. You are Holy. Holy
 
Sisters, Pearls and Mission Girls Rebel Docs
29 January 2023
In 1907 a group of young Irish nuns came ashore in one of Australia’s most rugged and inhospitable regions - the far northwest. Their task was to 'civilise and evangelise' the local Aboriginal people, first at Beagle Bay then the notoriously wild pearling town of Broome.This epic story of the Sisters of St John of God is set against one of the darkest and untold periods of Australia’s past where slavery, leprosy, Japanese attack and brutal government policies impacted on the local Aboriginal people.Using rare archival material, re-enactments and contemporary anecdotes, the shared experiences of the Aborigines and the Sisters create a compelling story of loss, determination and survival.
 
2023 Australian of the Year - Taryn Brumfitt - Embrace your Body Image Taryn Brumfitt
26 January 2023
It is the most powerful things I have done is to learn to embrace my body. After I bought into those messages which told me I should look a particular way to make me happy again. I trained my body obsessively and I got the body. But, I was not happy. When Taryn posted her traditional before and after photos it may headlines around the world. People of all different shapes and sizes need to learn how to embrace the body they have. There is a global epidemic of body shaming of people hating their bodies and it needed a bigger solution.
 
Song - I Am Australian in Yawuru Aboriginal language ABC Australia
23 January 2023
Watch a very special performance of ‘I Am Australian’ by the students of Broome Primary School. The ABC would like to thank the Mabu Yawuru ngan-ga language team and Yawuru Traditional Owners of Broome for providing the translation of the song ‘I Am Australian’ and for assisting us in the making of this video. To find out more and share your ABC stories visit
 
Blog - Overcoming Little Church Monsters Andrew Dumas
22 January 2023
The year is 1984. My 4 brothers and sisters and I pile into mum and dads 929 station wagon. We are going to church at 9 am. We are 6,7,8 years of age. We sit in the first row at church like good abiding Catholics. My brother and I start poking each other. We start whispering into each other’s ears. The giggles start. We are bored. Then all of a sudden dad leans over and says, “if you boys don’t stop it, you are going to get it when you get home”. The antics continue. Dad seems to be very unhappy.
 
Song - God Is In This Story Katy Nichole & Big Daddy Weave
21 January 2023
There's torn up pages in this book. Words that tell me I'm no good.Chapters that defined me for so long. But the hands of grace and endless love. Dusted off and picked me up . Told my heart that hope is never gone.
 
Song - Just as I Am Matt Maher
16 January 2023
Just as I am, without one plea. But that Thy blood was shed for me. And that Thou bidst me come to Thee. O Lamb of God, I come! I come
 
Put out into the deep water and let down your nets. Marist Sisters - Draw Water Joyfully
05 January 2023
When we know the one who is calling us, when we know that God is everywhere with us, what then should we fear ? Founder Speaks 56:4
 
Song - Here I am to worship Maranatha! Music
04 January 2023
Light of the world. You stepped down into darkness. Opened my eyes, let me see. Beauty that made this heart adore You. Hope of a life spent with You.
 
Art - What does the Lord require of you today Marist Sisters - Draw Water Joyfully
04 January 2023
The Society of Mary desires that we, her children, should be missionaries of action and missionaries of prayer.
 
Mary as Liberating sister Jane Ferdon OP
02 January 2023
Our traditional image of Mary has been a maternal one. Because a single image cannot capture her identity for everyone, this article will investigate how religious women today regard Mary as “blessed among women.” Drawing on their insights, it will distinguish between the stereotyped image of Mary and the real person.
 
A Fathers love letter to you Fathers Love Letter
30 December 2022
An intimate message from God to you.
 
It’s a Wild Spirit - the Spirit of Mary Noel Davis
29 December 2022
Whatever happened to wild Mary to that spirited village woman who brokethe chains and shattered the moulds that tried to tame and angel her?
 
Prayers of Gratitude Unknown
29 December 2022
Free PRINTABLE bookmark you could give away as a gift - Thank you, God for creating me and for Loving me. Your love is so powerful yet so gentle. Your life giving grace catches me when I stumble, encourages me when I fail, and assures me that I can do better.
 
Marist Spirituality in the context of Leadership today - Part 2 A Marist Brother (name unknown)
28 December 2022
Essential to Mary’s spirituality is the conviction of being loved by God. This is proclaimed powerfully with the words Luke uses: 'Hail, O favoured one. The Lord is with you ... Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. ”
 
Song - Gentle Woman Catholic and Christian Choral Music
28 December 2022
Gentle woman, quiet light, morning star, so strong and bright, gentle Mother, peaceful dove, teach us wisdom; teach us love.
 
Christmas Day 1914 Father Jim McKeon
28 December 2022
On Christmas Day 1914 there was a truce between British and German soldiers. After a service in the trenches and hearing the Silent Night hymn one brave man came out to shake the hands of their German counterpart. Soon a football game was played between the two sides. One is Christmas so important? Because it shows that God loves us.
 
Marist Spirituality in the context of Leadership today - Part 1 A Marist Brother (name unknown)
27 December 2022
One of my favourite Gospel scenes has always been Jesus’ return to Nazareth and his reading in the Synagogue. You remember the context in Luke’s account - Jesus was at prayer after being baptised and the Holy Spirit descended on him and a voice came from Heaven: “This is my beloved Son”. Then he was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days - days of prayer, reflection, fasting and temptation. Then “with the power of the Spirit in him” he returned to Galilee, teaching in the synagogues. Then he came to Nazareth “where he had been brought up, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day. He stood up to read, and they handed him the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll he found the place where it is written:
 
Meditation on the Hail Mary Pope John Paul II
23 December 2022
We greet you with Elizabeth: You are blessed among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb; you are blessed, because you believed in the divine promises!
 
How inclusive leadership drives cultural change Ms. Daniela Landherr
22 December 2022
Psychological safety is a shared belief that the environment is conducive to interpersonal risks without fear of negative consequences. Vulnerability is the first thing I look for in you, and the last thing I’m willing to share. In you, its courage and daring, in me, its weakness. When we feel psychologically safe, we lead with curiosity and courage, and we drive innovation.
 
Song - Living Hope Life Church Worship
22 December 2022
How great the chasm that lay between us. How high the mountain I could not climb. In desperation, I turned to heaven. And spoke your name into the night. Then through the darkness. Your loving kindness. Tore through the shadows of my soul. The work is finished, the end is written. Jesus Christ, my living hope
 
John Henry Newman Beyond the Left and the Right Bishop Robert Barron
14 December 2022
For many years people would quote 'to live is to change and to change often is to be perfect'. Many people would say Newman was a liberal. But this is far from the truth. In his first cardinals speech he argued against the claim that there is no objective truth in matters of religion. He is not advocating change for the sake of change. Newman knew that precisely because of ideas unfold they can unfold positively or negatively. But growth can be an authentic development of an implicit truth.....
 
Marist Brothers - a heart that knows no bounds FMS Champagnat
13 December 2022
200 years ago the Marist Brothers were founded. Marcellin Champagnat founded an order of brothers committed to helping the young people of the world. As part of the Brothers Today Secretariat’s project to commemorate the Bicentenary, visual storyteller Conor Ashleigh, a former Marist student from Australia, has been photographing and interviewing Marist Brothers around the world. This is the first in a series of short film he has made. The theme of this short film echoes the original dream of Marcellin 200 years ago: Serving God through the service with children and young people.
 
Blog - Religion is not cool Marist Laity Australia
13 December 2022
Our world today shy’s away from religion and spirituality. Stating “Religion is a personal thing”, “don’t mix religion and politics” and “my beliefs are my own business”. Religion has become a not so cool commodity and is largely rejected by secular culture. But for a Christian, from a Christian perspective as a person who believes in the infinite love some call “God”, where does that leave us? Should we abandon sharing our deep inspiration? Quiet the opposite. But initially, we should use not secular values to combat this. We will lose this argument. Secular culture which values things like logic, science, material, and objectivity. Saint Francis of Assisi would say “preach the Gospel and where necessary use words”. We are called to go deeper than what seems obvious. Through what seems to be hidden. We need to look more deeply. We are called to embody a deeper inspiration where Christ is living inside of me.
 
Videos from the Lay Marist Vocations Conference in Rome FMS Champagnat
12 December 2022
Videos from the Lay Marist Vocations Conference in Rome
 
The courage of two young men Father Jim McKeon
11 December 2022
This week two young men knocked on my door to tell me that Jesus loved me. I invited them in for a cup of tea and we spoke about the love of God in our lives. I really admire the boldness and courage of these two young group from this group who are doing a weeks mission. Who are going to face so much rejection. Of am sure that most people did not give them a cup of tea but rather closed the door in their face, and yet, they kept on persisting on reaching out on the street or knocking on doors. Just to tell people how much God loved them....
 
Christmas Eve Homeless Outreach Viktor Yantsevich
11 December 2022
Christmas Eve Homeless Outreach
 
Jonathan Roumie Gods role in his life Jonathan Roumie
11 December 2022
Jonathan Roumie who plays Jesus in the series 'The Chosen'. Seeing himself as a flawed human being and questions why did he end up here? Why is he deserving? He has moments where he has questioned God. Why are you bringing me through all of this if it is not going to amount to something.
 
December Cooking Recipes Marist Laity Australia
05 December 2022
Dear ALL, We are looking for your favourite cooking recipes to share with other Marists.As we are getting closer to Christmas, it is great to share these recipes with each other.Please write the title, then List the Ingredients First and Second List the methods or steps to follow.See the examples below.Please click on “Add to conversation”.Thank youMarist Laity Australia
 
Reflection - The paradox of our time Unknown
02 December 2022
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings,      but shorter tempers; wider freeways,      but narrower view points; we spend more,      but have less; we buy more,
     but enjoy it less.
 
This is a story of a life of a teacher Unknown
30 November 2022
A student once approached a Teacher. 'Teacher.' she said, 'teach me the way to wisdom.'
 
Collegiality Leadership in the Church with Mary McAleese Mary McAleese
30 November 2022
A conversation between a prominent theologian Mary McAleese and former head of state on models of leadership in the Church and the Vatican II notion of broad participation and shared responsibility.
 
Song - Jeremiah 29:11 - Jeremy Lowe Jeremy Lowe
29 November 2022
For I know the plans I haveFor I made you beautifulFor I know the plans I have for youWon't you open up your heartStand & watch my grace aboundFor I know the plans I have for you(They’re good)
 
Song - Breath of Heaven Amy Brant
28 November 2022
I have traveled many moonless nights. Cold and weary with a babe inside. And I wonder what I've done. Holy father you have come. And chosen me now to carry your son
 
Chiara Lubich Trailer Ignatius Press
27 November 2022
Portraying the life of Chiara Lubich, the founder of the Focolare Movement, this powerful movie tells the dramatic story of the spiritual and human adventure of a young teacher from Trento, Italy, who, amidst the devastation and despair from the bombings of World War II, was called to build a better, more united world, becoming a strong witness and advocate of universal brotherhood as a prerequisite for dialogue and peace among men. Directed by the acclaimed filmmaker Giacomo Campiotti (Mary of Nazareth; St. Philip Neri), it reveals a charismatic figure who chose love as the compass of life, and found her mission and purpose through the passage from the Gospel, 'May they all be one.'
 
Song - Light Of The World Lauren Daigle
26 November 2022
The world waits for a miracle.The heart longs for a little bit of hope.Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel.A child prays for peace on Earth.And she's calling out from a sea of hurt.Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel
 
Servant leadership - how to lead with the heart Liz Theophille
26 November 2022
What does it mean to be a leader that leads from the heart? Many years ago I started a new role in a new company. One of my first assignments was to lead an investigation for a transformational program that had gone extremely badly. The client was very upset with how the company was performing. In most cases we had lost trust with the client.
 
Song - Magnificat - Steve Agrisano Steve Agrisano
24 November 2022
My soul magnifies the Lord;my spirit rejoices in God my savior.For he has done great things for me,and holy, holy is his name.
 
Vocations - Who first attracted you to the Marists? Marist Vocations Promotion
22 November 2022
Who first attracted you to the Marists?What do you like about the Marist lifestyle?What is your best experience as a Marist in the missions?What advice would you give a young person considering religious life?Who is your favourite Marist figure?
 
Song - Let Kingdom Come - Rebecca St. James Rebecca St James
22 November 2022
Blessed are the poor in spirit. Who long for You, long for You. Blessed are the heavy-hearted. In need of You, need of You.
 
Responsible parenting - Create memories, not expectations Austeja Landsbergiene
22 November 2022
Every single one of us knows something about family. Every single one of us is someone's child. Therefore has experienced parenting. Some of us are parents have have our own children. I have four. As human beings we all familiar with expectations. Expectations laid on us to succeed in life. Expectations at work to deliver. To be affective. To know not to fail. Expectations for parents to juggle personal and professional lives. Eat healthy food. Prepare our children healthy meals every day.
 
November Cooking Recipes Marist Laity Australia
20 November 2022
We are looking for your favourite cooking recipes to share with other Marists.
 
Song - Roll Away Your Stone Mumford and Sons
14 November 2022
Roll away your stone, I'll roll away mine. And together we can see what we will find. Don't leave me alone at this time. For I am afraid of what I will discover inside.
 
Song - I am not alone Kari Jobe
11 November 2022
When I walk through deep waters. I know that You will be with me. When I'm standing in the fire. I will not be overcome. Through the valley of the shadow. I will not fear
 
Jesus forgives Mary Magdalene The Chosen
11 November 2022
This is a moving scene where Mary Magdalene encounters Jesus after she has run away and returned to a life of sin. She talks with Jesus. Mary Magdalene struggles to come to terms with what she has done. But Jesus loves her and embraces her. This shows us how God loves us so much that nothing can stop the love being poured out into us.
 
Song - King of Kings Hillsong
08 November 2022
In the darkness we were waiting. Without hope, without light. 'Til from Heaven You came running. There was mercy in Your eyes. To fulfill the law and prophets. To a virgin came the word. From a throne of endless glory. To a cradle in the dirt
 
Song - I arise today Emmaus Music
07 November 2022
I arise todayThrough the strength of heaven; Light of the sun, Splendor of fire, Speed of lightning, Swiftness of the wind, Depth of the sea, Stability of the earth, Firmness of the rock.
 
Song - Goodness of God Bethel Music
05 November 2022
I love You, Lord. For Your mercy never fails me. All my days, I've been held in Your hands. From the moment that I wake up. Until I lay my head. Oh, I will sing of the goodness of God.
 
Noel Pearson - Australia does not make sense without recognition Noel Pearson
05 November 2022
The assumption of the doctrine of terra nullius – that Australia was not owned and was open to British settlement without consideration of the native owners – together with the racism that replaced the Noble Savage of Cook’s Enlightenment with an increasingly vicious view of the natives aimed at both justifying and enabling frontier violence and dispossession mutating into the pseudo-scientific racism of the Darwinian nineteenth century and early twentieth – combined to form the terrible ideology of the denial of recognition. The Australian colonial project needed this denial and was underpinned by its vehemence until well after the frontiers fell silent.
 
Refugee teens tell their stories on stage SBS World News
05 November 2022
They have fled war zones around the world for the safety of Australia and now a group of teenaged refugees are sharing their personal stories on stage at a Theatre in Sydney. The performance was a drama-focussed trauma recovery play which aims to help heal the young refugees and educate the audience about the process of resettlement.
 
Song - Always Chris Tomlin
01 November 2022
I believe You gave sight to the blind. I believe that the dead came to life. I believe there were wonders and signs. You're still the same.
 
Marist Sisters in the Outback Father Ben McKenna
30 October 2022
In 2005, Bishop Brian Heenan (Rockhampton Diocese) sent a letter to various religious congregations asking if there was anyone available and willing for ministry in the western parts of the diocese. Mary Kiely, the St. John of God Sister who had been covering the territory in a 4WD for the previous five years had been voted into leadership. For twelve years before that, Annemarie Jensen PBVM, a qualified pilot, had flown a small plane to minister to the people of the 'outback'. (A real flying Nun).This aerial ministry began in 1981, the plane being piloted by several diocesan priests.
 
Song - Garden (A Song for Season of Creation) Mikali Anagnostis - Leichhardt Uniting Church
30 October 2022
We’re making a garden;We’re working the ground. In land that’s bombed and torn, Your love soaks through the soil;New life can yet be born.
 
Song - Grace is Enough Chris Tomlin
29 October 2022
Great is Your faithfulness, o God. You wrestle with the sinner's heart. You lead us by still waters and to mercy. And nothing can keep us apart
 
What an Angel looks like Father Ben McKenna
27 October 2022
Ask one of the children residing in a Brownsville, Texas unaccompanied minors' shelter if they have ever met an angel and they might just say, 'Yes, actually, an older fellow with white hair and a big belly and a bigger laugh who brought us into his church and fed us pizza and soft drinks even though the shelter staff told him that he couldn't do that.'
 
What is in the Uluru Statement of the Heart? Father Frank Brennan SJ
27 October 2022
Most Australians say “yes. We fully support the Uluru statement from the heart”. But do you actually know what is in it? Do you actually know where those words come from?
 
Sister Fidelis 60 years as a Marist Sister Sister Fidelis SM
23 October 2022
On Friday October 21 former staff and students of Marist Sisters College gathered to celebrate Sister Fidelis 60 years as a Marist sister. Many of the years were serving the Woolwich community as leader and principal. Today Sister Fidelis serves the St Patrick's community as Parish secretary. Most Saturday and Sunday mornings she wakes up at 4 am to prepare to coordinate St Patricks efforts to feed the homeless of Sydney. Sister Fidelis is passionate and faith filled leader who would encourage you to come along to the new program she is running called 'The Chosen' event on Sundays at 2 pm at St Patricks Church Hill (See http://www.maristlaityaustralia.com/2030/Events/808.php). It was great to catch up with so many friends and Marists as we remembered the goodness that Sister Fidelis and Mary has brought us.
 
The Australian Wars Rachel Perkins
23 October 2022
Rachel Perkins is one of this country's great storytellers, translating distinctively Australian stories for the screen, including a new television series called The Australian Wars.It tracks the bloody conflicts that broke out across the continent after the arrival of the British colonists.Rachel says these are the most important wars in our history: they were fought on Australian soil, between Australians, to determine the ownership and control of the entire country.The stories from this era are stories of violence, of peace, of epic adventures, which make up the foundational narrative of this nation.
 
Movie - Meet the Robinsons Disney Film
23 October 2022
Meet the Robinsons is a great family and community film which tells the story of Lewis. Lewis has many creative gifts, but as time goes on he continues to make mistakes and what would seem like many failures. This failure gets him down. He tries to run away from his gifts and failures, but it is only through these failures and mistakes that Lewis discovers the gift of who he really is. We encourage you to watch this movie together.
 
Song - Little Wonders Rob Thomas
23 October 2022
Let it go. Let it roll right off your shoulder. Don't you know?The hardest part is over. Let it in. Let your clarity define you. In the endWe will only just remember how it feels
 
5 Fundamentals of Leadership - Leadership Development Simon Sinek
22 October 2022
You have to have the capacity for existential flexibility. What does that mean? Apple had already come up with success with Apple One and Apple Two. It is already a huge company and is very successful and they are working on their next big project. And then in 1981 Steve Jobs and his senior executives went on a tour of Xerox PARC. Their XEROX showed them an innovation they had come up with called the Graphic User Interface. This would allow us to use a mouse to control the cursor on the screen to click on folders move them around to use the computer. Prior to that you had to use a (text based) computer language like DOS. Remember Steve Jobs' vision and just cause to empower the individual to stand up to the status quo. When he saw this amazing Graphical User Interface he immediately saw that this was a way more powerful way to get more people to use a computer because it was so much more simpler and easier to use. As they are leaving Xerox, he says to his executives, we have to invest in this. And his people say 'we can't'. One of the voices of reason says 'Steve we cannot'. We have already invested countless man hours and millions of dollars in an entirely different strategic direction. If we invest in the Graphical User Interface we will blow up our own company. To which Steve Jobs responds 'better we blow up our own company than someone else'.
 
Overcoming bad inner voices School of Life
21 October 2022
Overcoming bad inner voices. We don't often think about it and may never discuss it with others at all, but pretty much everyone has voices in their heads. A murmuring stream of thoughts that run along our minds most of the time. Sometimes the inner voices are encouraging calling you to run those final few yards. 'You are nearly there. Keep going. Keep going'. Or urging you to come down because you know it will be okay in the end. But sometimes, the inner voice is not very nice at all. It is defeatist, punitive and panic ridden, and humiliating. It does not represent anything like our best insights or most mature capacities.
 
Creation Hymn by Matt Boswell Matt Boswell
16 October 2022
Creator God, who carved the canyonswith a painless breath. Who sends the rains on unmanned fields. and tucks the sun to rest. The dawn is clothed with brilliance andadorned in full array. Reflections of the Fatherʼs loveput wildly on display.
 
Leadership Lessons from Pope Francis Chris Lowney
16 July 2022
A few years ago a public relations firm asked people if they had a great deal of confidence of leaders in certain sectors of society. The 2007 survey focused on confidence. The results found confidence in political leaders (10%), business leaders (15%), education leaders (20%), and religious leaders (20%). What are some names of some quality leaders? What qualities of attributes are there in a good leader?
 
A New Generation of Church - In the Way of Mary Bishop Vincent Long
14 July 2022
Like Mary, we are called to leave our comfort zone and to be in the peripheries in order to offer nearness and proximity. We are sent to the strong and the weak, the wholesome and the broken. We are to be a “Malcolm in the Middle” who occupies in betwixt and between, liminal, peripheral and precarious places. Like Jesus in his ministry among the sick and the lost, we are called to meet God in the most unlikely people and places. Like him who often immersed himself at the margins, we too must be in that frontier space. It is that precarious liminal space where the true cost of our discipleship is counted, because we dare to walk with the Samaritans of our time, just like Jesus did before us.
 
Be realistic about what happiness is Karl Rahner
12 July 2022
Be realistic of what happiness is. In the torment of the insufficiency of everything attainable we come to understand that here, in this life, all symphonies remain unfinished.
 
To dream the impossible dream The Man of La Mancha
10 July 2022
To dream the impossible dream. To fight the unbeatable foe. To bear with unbearable sorrow. To run where the brave dare not go. To right the unrightable wrong. To love, pure and chaste from afar
 
An introduction to Joy Rob Bell
03 July 2022
No one wants to be cynical. No one wants to have an old heart. What you want is that you have stumbled into a mysterious work of art. Also known as your life. What you want is that you have been participating in an unprecedented phenomena this entire time and you just now are becoming aware of it. What you want is joy.
 
The Time is Now Father Jim McKeon
28 June 2022
There was once a bright and young woman named Kate and Kate wanted to serve God. She was in her final year of school she said 'when I finish my exams, then, I will serve God'. Well she finished her exams, and went to uni. Uni of course is harder than school. She said 'when I finish uni, then, I will serve God'. She finished uni and got a joy. Young graduates are pushed hard to do long hours. So she said 'well, maybe soon I will serve God'. Life got busy. She met a nice man. God married and had kids. Then, she was busy like she never knew before.....
 
Simon Sinek Why do good Leaders Eat Last? Simon Sinek
25 June 2022
Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work. This is not a crazy, idealised notion. In many successful organisations, great leaders are creating environments in which teams trust each other so deeply that they would put their lives on the line for each other. Yet other teams, no matter what incentives were offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation and failure. Why? Today's workplaces tend to be full of cynicism, paranoia and self-interest. But the best organisations foster trust and cooperation because their leaders build what Sinek calls a Circle of Safety.
 
The wisdom of deep listening Dr Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann
20 June 2022
We meet renowned Aboriginal elder and 2021 Senior Australian of the Year, Dr Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann. Dr Ungunmerr-Baumann advocates for a kind of listening — a quiet awareness — that sums up a whole way of being.
 
A Basic Guide Leaflet to Marist Laity Marist Fathers
19 June 2022
This leaflet is simply an outline guide for individuals and groups who are Marist according to the spirituality lived in the Society of Mary (Marist Fathers, Sisters Brothers, and Missionary Sisters). The name Marist is a family name belonging to a great variety of groups: the four religious congregations: Marist Brothers of the Schools, Marist Sisters, Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary, Society of Mary and many lay groups.The Society of Mary is only part of something much greater. The first Marists called it 'the work of Mary'. This expression has a rich meaning: that Mary wants all people to experience the mercy of God. She calls others to share her concern: 'I will give you my name and you will do my work'. The work of those who live her spirit is to bring the gospel of love and mercy to the world. So when, as individuals or groups, we call ourselves 'Marist' we express a desire to live in a certain way and participate in this work of Mary.
 
Sacred Sleep - Ministry with the homeless Marist JPIC Blog
19 June 2022
Mary Ghisolfo, Lay Marist serving with Notre Dame des Victoires, San Francisco, California, writes to answer the question: 'Why Does Ministry Among the Poor Awaken for Us the Critical Role of a Marist Vocation?'
 
Hata Maria (St Mary) Chris Skinner Music
19 June 2022
Mary. Gather us as one. From your place in heaven. United with your Son. Mary. In this Holy shrine. Touch the heart of pilgrims and touch this heart of mine.
 
Blog - Does being a Christian matter? Andrew Dumas
12 June 2022
No. Being a Christian does not matter. At least for the 80 to 90% of Australians who in the past 40 years who have walked away from various Christian Churches. There are an assorted reasons why “the church no longer matters”, but at its core, is the loss of faith in Jesus Christ. Our culture today places importance on continually being happy, on constant entertainment and on earning money. Did Jesus say “Blessed are the happy” .No. Rather, he taught blessed are the poor”, “Blessed are those who mourn” and “Blessed are the persecuted”. Constant happiness, entertainment or earning money fit into the culture of the ego and places the individual in the driver’s seat. Being a Christian does not cut it.
 
Song - Hope Of The Ages Rob Galea
11 June 2022
The gospel of Jesus. It's the hope of the ages. Burning brighter and brighter. And standing forever
 
7 keys to Marcellin Marist Brothers
06 June 2022
Exploring 7 key virtues of Marcellin Champagnat…Simplicity, deep concern, open-mindedness, trust in God, trust in Mary, strength of character, family spirit and practical wisdom.
 
Bishop Vincent washes inmates feet at Parklea Prison Bishop Vincent Long
25 April 2022
Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, has washed the feet of inmates in a gesture of respect, humility and love for some of the most marginalised members of our community.
 
The Life that Suited Jeanne-Marie Chavoin A simple Pattern
23 April 2022
The pattern for the life that suited Jeanne-Marie Chavoin.Was based on the person of Mary, the mother of Jesus.Mary was her model in living out the gospel. As a member of a religious congregation. In post-Revolution France.
 
When You Believe - Youth Choir One Voice Children's Choir
23 April 2022
Many nights we prayed. With no proof, anyone could hear. In our hearts a hopeful song. We barely understood. Now, we are not afraid. Although we know there's much to fear. We were moving mountains. Long before we knew we could, whoa, yes
 
Living a life of meaning and mission Marist Vocations
22 April 2022
As a young adult who wants to live a life of meaning is not knowing what that looks like. There is lots of unknown. Just when we want the certainty the most. Lean into that uncertainty. It is good for your mental health and it is good for spirituality.
 
Song - The Risen Christ Sarah Hart
20 April 2022
Owe the Splendour of creation.God's own hand and God's design.We belong in adoration.See the gifts of the divine.Mountains high over rushing waters.Owe the beauty of the sky.
 
Song - My Redeemer Lives Nicole C. Mullen
18 April 2022
Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning? And who told the ocean, you can only come this far? And who showed the moon where to hide 'til evening? Whose words alone can catch a falling star?
 
Giving Away Your Death Ron Rolheiser OMI i
15 April 2022
To give away our death. This startles most people who never use this expression. There are three major faces of your life. This is also human but Christian. The first struggle of life is to get your life together. Puberty chases you our of your house. This will take 20 or 30 years. You find home again. The next 40 or 50 years of your life which are generative years. You build. you have kids. Career. Then you might have 20 or 25 years after that. The question is not what can I still do? Rather, what can i do so that when I die my death is a blessing?
 
Blog - Forget about God Marist Laity Australia
11 April 2022
There is a forgetting that is occurring in Christian communities. A loss of the importance of being a follower of Jesus Christ. At a recent year 12 retreat I helped to facilitate, some students wrote in their evaluations “I am not religious” or “I am not Christian”. Some parents I know who were brought up Catholic have decided not to baptise their Children. Even in my own immediate family my own children say “why do we have to go to church”. It would seem I am fighting a loosing battle.
 
i4give you John Burland
09 April 2022
I Forgive is a song released ahead of i4give Day (Monday 1 February), an annual forgiveness day being launched by the Abdallah family and cousin Bridget Sakr. Tragically on February 1 2020 they lost 4 of their children.
 
Song - Run To The Father Matt Maher
09 April 2022
Matt Maher. I've carried a burden. For too long on my own. I wasn't created. To bear it alone. I hear Your invitation.To let it all go.Yeah, I see it now.I'm laying it down. And I know that I need You
 
The Co-existence of Sacrifice and Self-Stewardship Jeffrey Frey
09 April 2022
Jeff Freys research has shown that there are ten areas of our lives that are affected by sacrifice and self-stewardship and focusing on these can help us help ourselves so we can help others.
 
Relationships that call for an ecological vocation Catholic Earthcare Australia
29 March 2022
Our seventh Convocation session leaps into action, as we explore transformative ways in which living an ecological vocation has changed communities, education systems, families and ourselves. Join us for an inspirational journey of how action from within has inspired others.
 
What Its Like Being Aboriginal ABC ME
29 March 2022
To be an Aboriginal means that whenever I am feeling alone I know that my ancestors with me. This is hard to explain. Ever Aboriginal person understands this. It means being first nation. Being aboriginal means I like to tell stories...
 
Song - Mary Did You Know CeLo
26 March 2022
Mary, did you know that your baby boy. Would one day walk on water?Mary, did you know that your baby boy. Would save our sons and daughters?Did you know that your baby boy. Has come to make you new?This child that you delivered, will soon deliver you
 
Song - Getting Started Jeremy Camp
11 March 2022
Are you running round in circles with no place to go?Is there a person in the mirror you don't even know?Someone still sees who you are
 
Song - John 14:27 - Peace I Give To You LivingStream Hymns
05 March 2022
John 14:27- 'Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
 
Song - How Great Thou Art Lauren Daigle
14 February 2022
Oh Lord, my GodWhen I, in awesome wonderConsider all the worlds Thy hands have madeI see the stars, I hear the rolling thunderThy power throughout the universe displayed
 
Love Interpreted Marist Circle
13 February 2022
Love, Interpreted explores the different aspects of love, sex, and relationships within a college setting. It dives into important social issues such as sexual assault on campus, how diversity affects these aspects on campus, and the LGBTQ+ presence and history on campus.The Marist Circle interviewed over 25 people and couples for this initiative, and were met with outstanding support and enthusiasm, garnering incredible insights into student's personal experiences.
 
Blog - Blessed are you when you are bored Marist Laity Australia
29 January 2022
“Blessed are the poor”. This is the first line in the Beatitudes of Luke’s Gospel. There seems to be a flipping of values of what seems important. When our modern culture says “Blessed are those who are successful” or “Blessed are those who are rich”. What is wrong with riches and success? They can prevent us from accessing God’s kingdom. They close our hearts to the possibility of something more. Through our pride or continuous greed.
 
Kiamas Australian of the year - Maria Baden Kiama Council
26 January 2022
Kiama Council has announced lay Marist Maria Baden as Australia Day Citizen of the Year for 2022.
 
Song - A Beautiful Day - Jamie Grace Jamie Grace
26 January 2022
Wake up and smile 'cause it's been awhile. It's been like a whole day since I stopped so You could hold meThis child awaits, strong in the faith. Lord you are the refuge that I can't wait to get to'Cause I can't let a day go. Can't let a day go by. Without thanking you for the joy that you bring to my life.
 
Rosemarys Way Rosemary's Way
26 January 2022
Rosemary’s Way celebrates the remarkable Rosemary Kariuki and the group of vulnerable migrant women of suburban Sydney whose lives she helps transform from isolation to connection. Rosemary is our vibrant host over the course of a year, as we witness her reaching out to isolated migrant women from cultures as diverse as Iraq, the Congo and Peru.
 
Song - You Lift Me Up The Afters
19 January 2022
You lift me up with Your love. You lift me up with Your love. You lift me up with Your love. You lift me up
 
Prayer - God of the road less travelled Marist Laity Australia
13 January 2022
Share this prayer with your family, students, staff, community and loved ones. Download and PRINT the bookmark.
 
Young Indigenous women learning the art of business ABC News
13 January 2022
A group of young Indigenous women from south west Victoria have been learning the art of business, and are already turning a tidy profit.
 
Brené Brown - Leadership and Vulnerability Brené Brown
13 January 2022
It is not about winning. It is not about losing. It's about showing up and being seen.
 
Bishop Dons Christmas Message and perseverance Bishop Don Bolen
10 January 2022
Getting ready for Christmas this year, many have found themselves needing to find the courage and resilience to keep going, to come to a place of gratitude and joy. I came across an old story on the internet a few days ago, from the American author Grace Paley, recounting how her elderly bedridden father shared with her a word of how to persevere when growing old, and his main advice was this: “when you get up in the morning you must take your heart in your two hands. You must do this every morning.... Talk softly (to it)... You can whisper also, Remember, remember.”
 
Song - In Christ Alone Lauren Daigle
10 January 2022
In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light, my strength, my song. This Cornerstone, this solid Ground. Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.What heights of love, what depths of peace. When fears are stilled, when strivings cease. My Comforter, my All in All. Here in the love of Christ I stand.
 
Resiliency Prayer Marist Laity Australia
07 January 2022
Share this prayer with your family, students, staff, community and loved ones. Download and PRINT the bookmark.
 
Archbishop of Canterburys Christmas message Justin Welby
05 January 2022
All around the world, the Communion is meeting these needs. We can’t do everything, but we can do everything that God gives us the resources to do. I know of a place in the middle of a civil war, which is nevertheless running a COVID clinic. I know of a province, where there is appalling terrorism, which is strengthening communities. I know of places that are speaking up for injustice, and saying ‘this must stop’. I know of places that are welcoming refugees and internally displaced persons.
 
Modesty Prayer Marist Laity Australia
04 January 2022
We are all made in your image owe God.There is a deep beauty in each woman, in each man, and in all of creation, which praises God.
 
Song - All Creatures Of Our God And King First Baptist Dallas Choir and Orchestra
02 January 2022
All creatures of our God and King, Lift up your voice and with us sing: Alleluia! Alleluia! O burning sun with golden beam And silver moon with softer gleam: Oh, praise God! Oh, praise God! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
 
A lay Marists Christmas message - December 2021 Marist Laity Australia
25 December 2021
Two years ago, in the summer of 2019 to 2020 Australia experienced the worst fires in modern history. Estimates of up to 3 billion animals have died according to the WWF. Whilst 17 million hectares were burnt down according to government estimates. For the past 2 Christmases Australians have been blind-sided by the COVID pandemic. We have been asked to isolate and this year epidemiologists recommended us to isolate again
 
Laudatio Si Impressions United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
15 December 2021
What kind of a world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up? We need only to take a frank look at the facts to see our common home is falling into series disrepair. These problems are closely linked to a throw away culture.
 
Song - Emmanuel by Steve Angrisano Steve Agrisano
15 December 2021
Come, come, Emmanuel! Son of God, appear. Heaven and earth, rejoice! Salvation is drawing near. Salvation is drawing near.
 
Father Barron visits Lourdes - Mary, the Immaculate Conception Father Bishop Barron
08 December 2021
The story of Saint Bernadette and Mary the Immaculate Conception.
 
The Immaculate Conception is for everyone Marist Laity Australia
08 December 2021
Today is the feast day of Mary the Immaculate Conception. This celebration is not just about Mary but all of creation. The teaching of the Immaculate conception says that Mary was born without original sin. This does not mean that Mary in her life time could not sin, but rather, chose not to. This provides all of us hope against a theology that says that all of creation has fallen and that humanity is depraved. Rather, creation has the divine spark of grace in the beginning and this is seen in Mary.
 
Marist faith and spirituality Marist Vocations
30 November 2021
There are lots of ways that I maintain my relationship with God. It has grown out of years of questioning and engaging. I am not going to pretend it is something that I received over night. The call of being a follower of God is being a searcher. Someone who searches and it is a lifelong process. Prayer being a conversation with God. Sometimes that is worth words. Sometimes that is in a silence space. Sometimes that is allowing whatever is happening to come forth, and to evolve. There is an openness to that God will unfold things. I am in a loving relationship with God, and I do not need to work for God’s love. It is there.
 
Song - Born on that Day - Matt Maher Matt Maher
30 November 2021
Emmanuel, the God who saves. I hear a voice from Heaven declare. 'Prepare the way'. Emmanuel, oh praise the name. I hear the sound, Heaven cried out. And love made a way
 
Leaders change the way we see things Simon Sinek
29 November 2021
Why do we give? What happens if we change the question? Not about 'me'. Not 'Please help' but rather 'in the next 2 weeks, 'if you only give once a month, please think of me next time'. This has nothing to do with the taker, but rather the giver.
 
Song - Slow Down - Nichole Nordeman Nichole Nordeman
17 November 2021
Slow down. Won't you stay here a minute more. I know you want to walk through the door. But it's all too fast. Let's make it last a little while. I pointed to the sky and now you wanna fly. I am your biggest fan. I hope you know I am. But do you think you can somehow. Slow down
 
Saint David, Patron Saint of Wales Michael Galovic
14 November 2021
Dewi Sant, or Saint David, Patron Saint of Wales, is an outstanding addition to Michael Galovic’s fascinating collection of Celtic Saints. In an era of violence and intolerance, Dewi maintained a deep commitment to the core Christian values of compassion and service towards the weak and the poor, thus embodying the mindfulness that is a fundamental aspect of Celtic spirituality. It is these aspects that Michael has captured so beautifully in his icon of the saint.
 
Artwork - Bushfire Koala Elisha Y
11 November 2021
My main goal was to spread more awareness about the issue of the ‘Environmental Crisis.’ I wanted to highlight the irreversible impacts made on fauna and flora, reflecting on a specific disaster that happened last year in Australia with the extreme bushfires.
 
Patron Saint Ecology - Francis Marist Laity Australia
31 October 2021
Francis of Assisi was born in 1181 or 1182 AD to one of the richest families in the town of Assisi Italy. As a young adult he was a bit of a party animal hosting parties for friends and wanting to be the centre of attention. But around the age of 20 he wanted to be a noble Knight, so he rode off to war against a neighbouring town of Perugia. But, was soon captured and jailed for 1 year. This dark moment had a profound effect on his life. A ransom was paid by his father and Francis was returned to Assisi.
 
Song - God of Wonders Chris Tomlin
12 October 2021
Lord of all creation. Lord of water, earth and sky. The heavens are your Tabernacle. Glory to the Lord on high
 
Young Tradtional Owners Healing Country - Pertame ABC Indigenous
09 October 2021
18-year-old Shania Armstrong is an incredible young Pertame Traditional Owner and an apprentice at the Pertame Language School.
 
Prayer of Springs Return Andrew Dumas
05 October 2021
Dear God, We celebrate the dawning of spring. As the sun rises on a new day, and as the rain of winter is blown away, may we awaken to the new life deep from within.
 
Short Film - The Silent Child NITVShorts
29 September 2021
A beautiful short film about the power of one persons ability of presence and care. Libby is a 6 year old girl whose parents pay little attention to her. One day Joanne enters her life and changes everything by teaching Libby how to communicate using sign language. This is a 20 minute short film. Please watch this powerful film.
 
Our concern Marist statement of objectives
26 September 2021
Our Marist society is not characterised by any special works or by the promotion of a particular form of Marian devotion but by the desire to make the mystery of Mary in the church the daily inspirationof our life and action.
 
WALL-E movie and our fragile environment Pixar
23 September 2021
What happens if we destroy our environment to the point where we can no long live on Earth? This movie is a great film which explores what each person needs to do to care for each other and to care for our environment. How hard will you work to make a difference four our fragile world?
 
Song - Halo Beyonce
19 September 2021
Remember those walls I built. Well, baby, they're tumbling down. And they didn't even put up a fight. They didn't even make a sound
 
Song - Overwhelmed Big Daddy Weave
15 September 2021
By Big Daddy Weave. I see the work of Your hands. Galaxies spin in a heavenly dance, oh God. All that You are is so overwhelming.

 
An encounter of the environment, land and identity Anglican Parish of Gosford
13 September 2021
The theologian and ecologist Thomas Berry says, 'We are talking only to ourselves. We are not talking to the rivers, we are not listening to the wind and stars. We have broken the great conversation. By breaking that conversation we have shattered the universe. Berry goes on to say, “The universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects.”
 
Matt Maher - As it is in heaven Matt Maher
07 September 2021
Our Father, who art in Heaven. Hallowed be thy name. Come and let Your glory, Come and let Your glory fall.
 
Father Daniel Swartz Father Daniel Swartz
05 September 2021
Recently Father Daniel Swartz was serving in Afghanistan. His own military group lost 13 people in a bombing in Kabul. Here is his story and testimony.
 
Good Good Father Chris Tomlin
05 September 2021
By Chris Tomlin. Oh, I've heard a thousand stories of what they think You're like. But I've heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night. And You tell me that You're pleased and that I'm never alone
 
Event - The Future of Catholicism in Australia Australasian Catholic Coalition for Church Reform.
26 August 2021
The second Convocation exploring The Future of Catholicism in Australia will bring together diverse perspectives on the current state, and future prospects, for our Church in Australia.
 
Its never too late to change Dr. Gregory P. Smith | TEDxByronBay
24 August 2021
Completely disillusioned with a society that rejected him, Gregory P. Smith walked into a rainforest near Byron Bay and became a hermit for 10 years. He exited the forest, on the brink of death and still haunted by personal demons, to eventually gain a Ph.D.
 
Heal the World - Virtual Choir Hope Childrens Choir
20 August 2021
Heal the world. Make it a better place For you and for me, and the entire human race. There are people dying If you care enough for the living. Make a better place for you and for me
 
Meeting the Trinity scene - The Shack Movie - The Shack
20 August 2021
Macks daughter was brutally killed by a man. Through an encounter in the shack where Mack tries to find the killer of his child, he is knocked unconscious and has an encounter where he meets the Trinity or God.
 
Song - Wait for the Lord Taizé Virtual choir
08 August 2021
Sing along with the Taizé Virtual Choir. Wait for the Lord.
 
Jesus you raise me up Josh Groban
03 August 2021
You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains.You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas. I am strong, when I am on your shoulders. You raise me up to more than I can be.
 
2 min Reflection - How to build resilience School of Life
01 August 2021
It’s perfectly normal to feel weak, lost, and unable to cope. Here is a collection of thoughts to remind us of our inner reserves of resilience.
 
Refuge Moj lost his family during the war in Afghanistan ABC News
14 July 2021
For refugees, getting a full-time job and finding a place to live is incredibly difficult. That was certainly the case for Moj, a young man from Afghanistan whose entire family was killed in the war. Suffering from PTSD, he was unable to find work until an ABC documentary shared his story with the world. This report produced by Laura Kewley.
 
Song - Faith in the Future Fr Rob Galea
14 July 2021
Catholic students from across the Australia have joined together in a video performance of my song ‘Faith in the Future’. This is the national Australian song for Catholic education 200th anniversary.
 
Hollie Johnson Hollie Johnson
12 July 2021
I've always found Indigenous languages important, particularly ours, given that our old people weren't allowed to speak it. Having this opportunity was a great privilege and to be taught by my aunties is very special.
 
Ruby Bridges Fought Racism at 6 Years Old Goal Cast
11 July 2021
At 6 years old, Ruby Bridges went to school in the protection of U.S. Marshals due to threats from white families who didn't want a Black child attending school with their children.her attending a formerly all white elementary school. Ostracized by teachers & peers, Ruby soon realized she was the target of their hate simply for being born Black. Today, she speaks on the experience & the continued fight against anti-Black racism in America.
 
Prayer - Let Go and Trust God Beatrix von Watzdorf
09 July 2021
Listen to a 10 minute guided meditation on letting go and trusting God.
 
Song - Peace Be Still Hope Darst
09 July 2021
Peace be still. Say the word and I will. Set my feet upon the sea. Till I'm dancing in the deep. Peace be still. You are here so it is well. Even when my eyes can't see. I will trust the voice that speaks
 
Pope Francis - The Mission of Lay people Pope Francis
08 July 2021
Lay people are on the front line of the life of the church. We need their testimony regarding the truth of the Gospel and their example of expressing their faith by practising solidarity. Let us give thanks for the lay people who take risks, who are not afraid and who offer reasons for hope to the poorest, to the excluded, to the marginalised.
 
I Dreamed a Dream Anne Hathaway
30 June 2021
There was a time when men were kind. When their voices were soft. And their words inviting. There was a time when love was blind. And the world was a song. And the song was exciting.There was a time
 
Song - I am a child of God Eleny iMusic
23 June 2021
You unravel me with a melody. You surround me with a song. Of deliverance from my enemies. 'Til all my fears are gone
 
Song - Praise You In This Storm Natalie Grant
18 June 2021
I was sure by now. God, You would have reached down. And wiped our tears away. Stepped in and saved the day. And once again. I say, 'A-men' and it's still rainin'

 
Trusting God in the Storm of Chaos Above Inspiration
18 June 2021
We are all sailing across the sea of life. Some of you are sailing across a storm right now. God didn’t promise smooth sailing. But, he did promise you will reach the other side. Some of you have lost your jobs. Some of you are going through a marriage crisis. Some of you are experiencing business failures. Some of you are going through a time of illness. Some of you have experienced unexpected tragedy. It is like lightning striking you out of a clear blue heaven. What can we learn from chaos?
 
Song - Nothing to Fear - Audrey Assad Audrey Assad
13 June 2021
When you pass through the waters I will be with you. And the depths of the river shall not overwhelm. When you walk through the fire you will not be burned. I am the Lord, I am the Lord
 
Go and Make a Difference Steve Agrisano
16 May 2021
Go make a dff'rence, we can make a diff'rence. Go make a diff'rence in the world. Go make a diff'rence we can make a diff'rence. Go make a diff'rence in the world.
 
Song - Ancient Words Michael Smith
10 May 2021
Holy words long preserved. for our walk in this world, They resound with God's own heart, Oh, let the Ancient words impart.
 
Reflection - Life is an opportunity Unknown
09 May 2021
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.Life is beauty, admire it. Life is bliss, taste it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it.
 
Pregnant Woman E Csabanko
08 May 2021
“My drawing is of a pregnant woman who is a symbol of the mystery of God.The child which she is bearing has an unknown gender and an unknown life ahead of them.This child also is a symbol of the mystery of God because it develops a mind, personality, and it makes decisions on its own”- Artist - Marist Sisters College student 2014
 
Actions Speak Louder Than Words Craig Larkin sm
19 April 2021
There is a vehement passion in man. That propels him to search for God. In these days, This drive, as it appears, Is inarticulate, And dimly realised.
 
Stop comparing yourself to others Dean Furnness
18 April 2021
When you stop comparing yourself to others, you can accomplish great things, says wheelchair athlete Dean Furness. He shares how, after losing the use of his legs in an accident, he discovered a powerful new mindset focused on redefining his 'personal average' and getting better little by little.
 
The Battle of the Soul Caroline Myss
15 April 2021
Mystical teachings are not the easiest teaching to convey. It is not the easiest thing to inspire people to go into themselves to discover the power of the soul. This should be the most enthusiastic journey you will ever take. Why isn’t that?
 
Event - The Future of Catholicism in Australia Sister Joan Chittister OSB
13 April 2021
Presented by Sister Joan Chittister OSB. Our Catholic Church in Australia has reached a critical juncture. Scandals and stagnation leave it in crisis. Inspired by Pope Francis and the commitment of many Catholics, both lay and religious, the Plenary Council offers an opportunity for creating a better future.
 
A Broken Bowl in Japan Chamieh Anas
13 April 2021
When a bowl is broken in Japan, it's put back together with the cracks being filled with gold, creating a beautiful lining. This is to emphasize the beauty in what was once broken, they believe that when something has suffered damage and has a history. It makes it more beautiful and the same goes for human beings, everything that you're going through.
 
Song - Christ is Risen from the Dead Matt Maher
04 April 2021
Christ is risen from the dead. We are one with Him again. Come awake, come awake!Come and rise up from the grave.
 
The Resurrection Matt Maher
04 April 2021
By Matt Maher. Imagine going to a friend’s grave and they have just died. You show up to this tomb. Imagine all of a sudden, the grave is empty. Imagine all the emotion you must feel. The feelings. The anxiety. The confusion. Imagine to this person you knew was doing all these things and things were happening. People were being healed. Dead people were rising from the grave.
 
Song - Great Things (The Annunciation) Matt Maher
25 March 2021
A Song by Matt Maher talking about the Annunciation of Mary.
 
Father Peter returns to Myanmar Marist Father Ben McKenna
25 March 2021
Father Peter Nawt Lawt, a Diocesan Priest from Myanmar, left our Marist Fathers General House Community 2 weeks ago to return to his home Diocese in Myitkyina Myanmar. Amidst the political turmoil caused by the military coup he felt he needed to be with his People in this time of their need. He had been staying with us, completing his Licentiate in Canon Law, due to a connection with Fr John Larsen, who had spent some years in that part of Myanmar where father Peter comes from.
 
Video - Dadirri Miriam Rose
23 March 2021
Spend 3 minutes in meditation with Dadirri. Aboriginal spirituality of Deep Listening. Guided by Aboriginal Elder Miriam Rose.
 
Prayer - Teach us to Fly Marist Laity Australia
21 March 2021
As the rain falls, through the difficulties of our lives. May we look towards you. As our inspiration and friend God. Like a bird nestling under our verandas, seeking protection. May we too seek God.
 
Song - Reckless Love Father Rob Galea
20 March 2021
By Father Rob Galea. Before I spoke a word, You were singing over meYou have been so, so good to meBefore I took a breath, You breathed Your life in meYou have been so so kind to me.
 
God has a plan for you. Chadwick Boseman
20 March 2021
By Chadwick Boseman. Sometimes you need to get knocked down before you. Can really figure out what your fight is. And how you need to fight it. Sometimes you need to feel the pain and sting of defeat. To active the real passion. And purpose that GOD predestined inside of you. GOD says in jeremiah.
 
Why St. Joseph is the saint we need in 2021 Father James Martin
19 March 2021
The hiddenness of St. Josephs life can speak to those overwhelmed by the pandemic. Fr. James Martin, SJ, reflects on why St. Joseph is the saint we need as enter into a new year.
 
Song - I Wont Let You Go Switch Foot
16 March 2021
By Switchfoot. When it feels like surgery. And it burns like third degree. And you wonder what is it worth?When your inside's breaking in. And you feel that ache again. And you wonder what's giving birth?
 
Indigenous cross blessed Marist Fathers
14 March 2021
In a simple ceremony on March 11 an indigenous cross was blessed by Fr Paul Glynn SM in the grounds of Villa Maria monastery, Hunters Hill. The cross is an initiative of Holy Name of Mary parishioner, Maryanne Knoblanche, who for thirty years has accompanied members of the indigenous Catholic community at Mt Druitt in Sydney's outer west.
 
Pope meets Grand Ayatollah DW News
14 March 2021
On the second day of his trip to Iraq, Pope Francis has held talks with the country's influential Shia Muslim cleric, the Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani. The historic meeting took place at Sistanis home in the holy city of Najaf. No press were allowed inside for the talks, but a few white doves were released as the Pope entered – underscoring his message of peaceful co-existence between Muslims and Christians in Iraq. The Christian community there has dwindled after years of war and persecution. Those that remain hope a show of solidarity from Sistani could help secure their place in Iraq.
 
A time of darkness Caryll Houselander.
03 March 2021
By Caryll Houselander. It is a time of darkness, of faith. We shall not see Christ's radiance.in our lives yet, it is still hidden in our darkness; nevertheless, we must believe that God is growing in our lives;
 
The Three Violets Marist Laity Australia
03 March 2021
To simplicity we link humility and modesty, making the “three violets” of our Marist tradition. In our teaching and organisational structures, we show a preference for simplicity of method. Our way of educating, like Marcellin’s, is personal, rooted in real life, and practical. Likewise simplicity of expression, avoiding any ostentation, guides our way of responding to the possibilities and the demands of our contemporary educational settings.
 
4-7-8 Breathing Exercise Go Zen
03 March 2021
This is a great breathing exercise for both adults and children to help alleviate anxiety. Basic breathing exercises that encourage breath control can help release stress. Feel free to modify it so it suits your comfort level and needs.
 
Song - You Are The Reason Calum Scott
03 March 2021
There goes my heart beating. 'Cause you are the reason. I'm losing my sleep. Please come back now.There goes my mind racing.And you are the reason. That I'm still breathing. I'm hopeless now.
 
Basketball and Dreams Movie - Pursuit of Happyness
02 March 2021
I donot want you shooting this ball around with you all night.
 
The Great Divide Parker Palmer
28 February 2021
By Parker Palmer. We live in a world where to let our own identity and integrity reveal itself. We build this wall partly for interior reasons. As we grow older, we work our way through a series of institutions. Especially, schools and the workplace. Where we are actively taught to keep that wall high, wide and thick.
 
Song - Lord I Offer My Life to You Hillsong United
27 February 2021
Lord, I offer my life to You. Everything I've been through. Use it for Your glory. Lord I offer my days to You. Lifting my praise to You. As a pleasing sacrifice. Lord I offer You my life.
 
To plant a seed Carl Cregg
27 February 2021
Every moment and every event of every person’s life on earth plants something in her or his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men and women.
 
Song - I Give You My Heart Hill Song
26 February 2021
This is my desire, to honour You. Lord with all my heart I worship You. All I have within me. I give You praise. All that I adore is in You.
 
Prayer for Letting Go Unknown
26 February 2021
In the end what matters most is:How well did you live? How well did you love? How well did you learn to let go?
 
A Prayer of Relinquishment Unknown
25 February 2021
Today, O Lord, I yield myself to you. May your will be my delight today. May your way have perfect sway in me. May your love be the pattern of my living.
 
Song - Sacred Silence Tom Booth
25 February 2021
Sacred silence, Holy ocean. Gentle waters, washing over me. Help me listen, Holy Spirit. Come and speak to me. God my father, Christ my brother
 
Michael Galovic March 21 Michael Galovic
23 February 2021
A showcase of traditional icons and contemporary religious and non-religious art cultivated over the last 30 years. Exhibited together for the first time.
 
The Primacy of Soul Parker Palmer
20 February 2021
By Parker Palmer. Whenever I speak to people about soul I always try and acknowledge the fact that this is one of those words has to be held very lightly because it points towards a mystery. It is a mystery which nobody has the true name or the real story.
 
Prayer - The Loss I Feel Father Corapi Catholic Channel
18 February 2021
Faith is a choice Not a feeling. It means choosing to trust God Even when life Doesn’t seem to make sense.
 
Song - Ashes Mia Fieldes
17 February 2021
From the ashes. From the ashes. You call my heart to life. Call my heart to lifeFrom the silence. From the sadness. You call my heart to life. Call my heart to life.
 
Vincentian priest Pedro Opeka Redacción ACI Prensa
17 February 2021
Missionary priest in Africa nominated for Nobel Peace Prize.
 
Prayer of Gratitude Uknown
16 February 2021
We are grateful for eyes that can see and ponder, for taste buds that know the sensuous pleasures of eating and drinking, for hands that hold and touch and feel, for ears that can delight in music and the voice of a friend, for a nose that can smell the aroma of newly mown grass or delicious food, and can also breathe the air that gives us life.
 
Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton
05 February 2021
Soul Surfer is an inspirational true story about Bethany Hamilton. At the start of a pro career in surfing, she is attacked by a shark. Most people would quick a career in surfing, but through faith, and resilience she rises to the challenge when her whole world seems to fall apart.
 
A Mothers Message of Hope in her darkest hour Abdallah Family
03 February 2021
A message from a mother who lost 3 of her children in a tragic accident on February 1 2020.
 
Want to be happy? Brother David Steindl-Rast
31 January 2021
Want to be happy? Be grateful | David Steindl-Rast. The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you're going, and above all, being grateful.
 
Nazareth Renovation Marist Laity Australia
31 January 2021
Recently, my family visited some friends and relatives and their home. It was a very friendly household. We spent much of the time speaking about their home renovations. Painting the all the walls. Installing a new kitchen. A new bathroom. A large TV. Inside of me there was a temptation saying, “I want this too”. A perfect home with nothing out of place.
 
How old are you? Marist Laity Australia
29 January 2021
This question was raised by a colleague at work yesterday. We responded 44, 47, 34 and then my colleague answered “I turn 60 this year”. She said it as if there was something wrong. I pondered to my self, “why is it our western culture devalues our older generations?”
 
Prayer for Teachers Unknown
27 January 2021
A prayer and reflection for teachers
 
Gurrumul and Paul Kelly - Amazing Grace Gurrumul and Paul Kelly
26 January 2021
A very moving song with former renowned Aboriginal singer Gurrumul and Paul Kelly of Amazing Grace.
 
The Awaken Prayer Andrew Dumas
25 January 2021
During the year we developed a sense of prayer. Each day a live Examen was conducted prior to lunch time. The examin prayer ended with the Awaken prayer. This prayer called the community to Awaken to the presence of God hidden in their lives.
 
Shawn Mendes - Wonder Shawn Mendes
25 January 2021
An inspiration song by Shawn Mendes about wondering. To be loved by a significant other. Is this significant other .... God?
 
Amazing Grace - Garth Brooks Garth Brooks
20 January 2021
An Amazing version of Amazing Grace by Garth Brooks Garth Brooks performs 'Amazing Grace' at Joe Biden's inauguration.
 
The Shoe Maker Jean La Fontaine
17 January 2021
A story about simplicity. There once was a shoemaker who was a very happy man. While he fixed shoes he sang at the top of his lungs, and delighted passers by laughed and waved to him. People often stopped at his shop simply to share his happiness.
 
The Life We Choose Unknown
17 January 2021
A reflection on the life we choose. Here's the premise: We are all, right now, living the life we choose. This choice, of course, is not a single, monumental choice. No one decides, for example, ''I'm going marry a dreadful personAnd will live together in a loveless marriage, staying together only for the kids; who I don’t much like, either.'
 
Everyday Life Cold Play
16 January 2021
Cold Play song Everyday life recognises the need to care for each person in the community. In some parts of Africa, this is called Ubuntu.
 
The Oak Seedling Unknown
16 January 2021
A small oak seedling was growing in the forest. It looked around and saw that some seedlings turned into great oak trees while others became no more than little shrubs. The trees were strong and beautiful. The shrubs were weak and ugly.
 
Blessed be the longing Unknown
16 January 2021
Blessed be the longing that brought you here and that quickens your soul with wonder. May you have the courage to befriend your eternal longing. May you enjoy the critical and creative companionship of the question: 'Who am I?' and may it brighten your longing.
 
Rend Collective - Build Your Kingdom Here Rend Collective
13 January 2021
Rend Collective - Build Your Kingdom Here
 
The Need to Transcend Reality and the need to dream T. S. Eliot
07 January 2021
A Quote by T. S. Eliot.“Mankind cannot bear too much reality, and in this people have pinpointed one of the essentials of human naturethe need to transcend reality and the need to dream”.
 
Hidden Growth Caryll Houselander
06 January 2021
It is a time of darkness, of faith.We shall not see Christ’s radiancein our lives yet,it is still hidden in our darkness;nevertheless, we must believethat He is growing in our lives;we must believe it so firmlythat we cannot help relating everything,literally everything,to this almost incredible reality.This attitude it iswhich makes every momentof every day and nighta prayer.Caryll Houselander
 
Nazareth as Inspiration Craig Larkin sm
05 January 2021
Father John Claude Colin sets before the Marists the pictureof Nazareth,because in it he sees a symbolic reminderof three realities.Nazareth is a symbol of the necessity of small beginnings.A symbol of poverty and obscurityOf every great achievement in God’s plan.
 
Christ within them J.B.Phillips
04 January 2021
The early Christians never regarded the Christian religion as an “ethic”,still less as a performance.To them it was an invasion of their own lives.by the spirit of God;their response in forgiveness and faith provided the means by which the divine could penetrate the merely human.They lived lives of super-human quality because they believed quite simply that Christ Himself was alive within them.
 
The Spirit of Mary Craig Larkin sm
03 January 2021
A reflection on Spirit of Mary
 
Care for the Other Originally by Craig Larkin SM
02 January 2021
A reflection on how Marists are called to follow Jesus and care for each other
 
The First Marist Community http://bit.ly/38RuOML
02 January 2021
On January 2nd, 1817, Marcellin Champagnat founded in La Valla, France, the lay religious Institute, or religious Institute of Brothers, under the name of Little Brothers of Mary. He saw it as forming a branch of the Society of Mary
 
Photo of two cuddling penguins Tobias Baumgaertner's
26 December 2020
A picture of two little penguins cuddling as the lights of Melbourne's CBD twinkle in the background has won a top photography award. German photographer Tobias Baumgaertner's image, taken at St Kilda in 2019, took out the community prize for Oceanographic magazine's Ocean Photograph Awards.
 





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