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KEEP THE FIRE BURNING 160X160Keep the Fire Burning is a series of blogs tracing the experiences of Abraham, Moses, the wandering Israelites, Isaiah, Elijah and Nehemiah and their encounter with fire! How might their stories will encourage us to consider what it means to keep the fire burning in our own hearts and lives.

  1. This time, we turn to the wandering Israelites, lead and encouraged by a pillar of fire.

Tuesday, 09 July 2019 06:00

Two Cappuccinos Please

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In my life before joining the sisters I was a barista – well I never officially trained as one, but in the café that I worked during high school and university I spent many shifts making cappuccinos, flat whites, mochas, hot chocolates, long blacks and more. Believe it or not, my job making coffees has many great life lessons not just for sisters but for anyone, whether or not you are an avid coffee drinker.

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Recently I have been spending my down time re-reading some of my favourite books from when I was growing up. I’ve enjoyed some of the adventures of the Famous Five as they climb through caves, catch smugglers and go away for a week by themselves in a horse drawn caravan. I have reminiscently climbed the Magic Faraway Tree, visiting Silky and Moon Face and discovering the lands of Tea Parties and Secrets. I’ve been to boarding school at Trebizon, hoping alongside Tish and Rebecca that their school will win the hockey and tennis tournament and that they will all end up in the same boarding house, and I have entered the magical land of Terebithia with Jesse and Leslie as they build the treehouse of their dreams and frequently escape to their fantasy world where anything is possible.

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Two years ago, Kathryn and I (Mel) attended a weeklong retreat experience with 10 other young people aimed at exploring and deepening in the gift of the Holy Spirit. It was led by Jim Murphy. One night, we experienced a powerful time of prayer, where we traced the experience of those that had been touched by fire throughout the scriptures, with fire being understood as an experience of the presence of God.

This series of blogs - Keep the Fire Burning - will trace through the experiences of Abraham, Moses, the wandering Israelites, Isaiah, Elijah and Nehemiah with the thought that considering their stories will helo encourage us to consider what it means to keep the fire burning in our own hearts and lives.

This time, we turn to Moses and his experience with the burning bush,

Friday, 21 June 2019 05:27

Ever Deeper: The Gift of Retreats

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Retreats are an important and precious part of our lives as MGL Sisters. Read a little bit more about the Melbourne Sisters recent retreat!

 

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Two years ago, Kathryn and I (Mel) attended a weeklong retreat experience with 10 other young people aimed at exploring and deepening in the gift of the Holy Spirit. It was led by Jim Murphy. One night, we experienced a powerful time of prayer, where we traced the experience of those that had been touched by fire throughout the scriptures, with fire being understood as an experience of the presence of God.

This series of blogs - Keep the Fire Burning - will trace through the experiences of Abraham, Moses, the wandering Israelites, Isaiah, Elijah and Nehemiah with the thought that considering their stories will helo encourage us to consider what it means to keep the fire burning in our own hearts and lives.

 

Sunday, 09 June 2019 07:00

Pentecost is here!

2019.31.Pentecost.160 imageToday we celebrate Pentecost! May we all be set on fire with the power of the Holy Spirit to spread the news of the love of God to the ends of the earth. 

Saturday, 08 June 2019 07:00

Towards Pentecost 9: Girl on Fire

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Today is the last day of the Pentecost Novena - not long until we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon us all.

Today, we reshare a previous blog written by Mel about the call to be on fire - consumed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Traditionally in the Church, a novena is prayed in the leadup to Pentecost. Consequently, over the next nine days, here on our blog, we will share readings and prayers to join with others from across the world in praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

We will also share reflections from different sisters focused on aspects of deepening in relationship with the Holy Spirit.

Today, we consider one of the fruits of the Spirit identified by Paul in Galatians - gentleness. 

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Traditionally in the Church, a novena is prayed in the leadup to Pentecost. Consequently, here on our blog, we will share readings and prayers to join with others from across the world in praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We will also share reflections from different sisters focused on aspects of deepening in relationship with the Holy Spirit.

 

As we reflect on how we can grow closer to the Holy Spirit in the lead-up to Pentecost, we take time today to consider one of the fruits of the Spirit identified by Paul in Galatians. Here, Mel shares a few thoughts about faithfulness.

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 07:00

Towards Pentecost 6: The fruit of peace

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 Traditionally in the Church, a novena is prayed in the leadup to Pentecost. Consequently, here on our blog, we will share readings and prayers to join with others from across the world in praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We will also share reflections from different sisters focused on aspects of deepening in relationship with the Holy Spirit.

 

As we reflect on how we can grow closer to the Holy Spirit in the lead-up to Pentecost, we take time today to consider one of the fruits of the Spirit identified by Paul in Galatians. Here, Julie shares a few thoughts about peace.

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Traditionally in the Church, a novena is prayed in the leadup to Pentecost. Consequently, over the next nine days, here on our blog, we will share readings and prayers to join with others from across the world in praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

We will also share reflections from different sisters focused on aspects of deepening in relationship with the Holy Spirit.

One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy. Today, Kat shares about a prophetic word that had a profound impact in her life.

 

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Traditionally in the Church, a novena is prayed in the leadup to Pentecost. Consequently, over the next nine days, here on our blog, we will share readings and prayers to join with others from across the world in praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

We will also share reflections from different sisters focused on aspects of deepening in relationship with the Holy Spirit. Today, Judy sahres with us about her experience and love for the gift of tongues.

Sunday, 02 June 2019 07:00

Towards Pentecost 3: The Ascension

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Traditionally in the Church, a novena is prayed in the leadup to Pentecost. Consequently, over the next nine days, here on our blog, we will share readings and prayers to join with others from across the world in praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

We will also share reflections from different sisters focused on aspects of deepening in relationship with the Holy Spirit.

Today we ponder the meaning of the Acsension in our lives.

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Traditionally in the Church, a novena is prayed in the leadup to Pentecost. Consequently, here on our blog, we will share readings and prayers to join with others from across the world in praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. We will also share reflections from different sisters focused on aspects of deepening in relationship with the Holy Spirit.

Today, Sarah-Jane shares her story of Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a beautiful grace on offer to all of us. As MGL Sisters, it is at the centre of our charism. Simply put, it is an invitation to experiencing the life-changing love of God in ever-deepening ways through the power of the Holy Spirit. People experience this grace in many different ways – some receive prayer specifically for it, and others have an experience of it at a totally unexpected time.

TOWARDS PENTECOST 160 x 160 imageTraditionally in the Church, a novena is prayed in the leadup to Pentecost. Consequently, over the next nine days, here on our blog, we will share readings and prayers to join with others from across the world in praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

We will also share reflections from different sisters focused on aspects of deepening in relationship with the Holy Spirit.

Today, we begin with an introduction which breaks open for us how we might begin to notice the presence of the Holy Spirit more actively in our lives.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019 06:49

Indescribable Love

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One of my favourite ways to pray is to listen to music which ministers deeply to my heart. There are many songs which speak powerfully to me, but my favourite at this time is Love Like This, by Lauren Daigle. I think she has a profound gift to capture human experience and to express it in song.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 07:27

The Gift of New Life

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Recently, I had the joy of visiting some of my friends and their beautiful new baby girl named Willow (added bonus was that she was born on my birthday)! As I looked at her tiny two-week-old hands, I was greatly struck by the profound beauty of human life, of how she had been knit together in her mothers’ womb. As I listened to, and witnessed her parents pouring love upon her, I pondered that I can only imagine what it must be like to hold your baby in your arms, overcome by love and filled with dreams and excitement to see what will unfold in their life. 

Tuesday, 14 May 2019 06:21

God Friended Me?

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Wednesday, 08 May 2019 07:14

The Power of the Cross

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In this blog, Ayanthi shares a story of her experience at Light to the Nations, and how it drew her closer to the Wounded Heart of Jesus in the wake of the bombings in Sri Lanka. 

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 16:07

Thomas, Doubt and Square Watermelons

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As we celebrate this time of Eastertide, we are drawn to the scriptures and the stories of Jesus' resurrection appearances. Thomas, known as the doubter, can inspire us in our own journey. Read on to discover what this has to do with watermelons. 

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 12:15

MGL Sisters Newsletter

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What better way to spend some time in the Easter Octave - grab a cuppa, an easter egg and have a read of our latest newsletter. Be inspired and challenged to encounter the Risen Jesus and catch up on all our latest adventures!

 

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Have you ever wondered what Jesus' mother Mary might have experienced on the morning of the Resurrection? This is an imaginative reflection on her encounter with her Risen Son.

HOLY WEEK 11

Today we wait in silence with Mary

Friday, 19 April 2019 07:00

John Speaks - Pure Love - Good Friday

HOLY WEEK 11

Today we stand with John at the foot of the Cross.

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