Around the Web – Week 1, 2018

Welcome to the first Around The Web for 2018. We let the page go a little quiet over the Christmas/New Year break after all our frenzied activity during Advent. We hope you had a blessed Christmas and feel ready to tackle whatever it is that 2018 throws at you! As we are still within the [...]

Finding God in Every Day Life – Anima Retreat Perth

The Anima Women's Network in Perth, supported by the Respect Life Office are holding a live-in women's retreat between 16th and 18th February which will be facilitated by psychologist Meredith Secomb. In modern day life, with its distractions, anxiety, depression, anger and addiction, it seems hard to experience God’s transforming love and healing touch. However, [...]

Frankincense and the Joy of Dedication

Last week, we connected the Gifts of the Magi to the Child Jesus, and myrrh as it was used in the Biblical text both medicinally, in funerary practices.  We also reflected upon the significance of myrrh in title of the women disciples of Jesus who are called in the Byzantine Christian tradition “The Holy Myrrh-Bearers. [...]

Reflections on Myrrh and Advent

On December 2nd 2017, the Anima Women’s Team organized its first live Advent Retreat at St Philip’s parish North Blackburn. The women shared a rich and prayerful time, especially thanks to Father Paschal Corby OFM (Conv)’s reflections, and to the Parish of St Philip’s. Special thanks go to Fr Nicholas Dillon, the Parish Priest, who [...]

Zelie and Me

Sometimes, an encounter between two souls results in an instant friendship; a spark fueled by a recognition of like souls, kindred spirits if you will; a binding friendship that is immediately for life. ‘Twas not so with St Zelie and I. I seem to recall our first encounter occurring behind the great basilica in Lisieux [...]

Around the Web – An Advent/Christmas Music Edition

The birth of Christ has inspired musicians and composers through the millennia. There are many beautiful musical traditions in our churches and culture today, even if our current western culture sometimes gets a little confused as to when Christmas time actually begins! It is often a good way to connect with other Christian denominations and [...]

Advent Retreat In Sydney

For those who live in Sydney, the Chaplaincy of Notre Dame University are holding their annual Advent retreat on Monday 4th Dec their their Broadway campus for women of all ages. They have Sister Hilda Scott, OSB from Jamberoo Abbey and Sister Elena Marie Piteo OP, a Dominican Sister and Lecturer at Notre Dame Sydney [...]

Online Advent Retreat 2017

“Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10 Retreats have been a mainstay of the ministry of Anima since the beginning. It was always thought that there was a need to assist women to take some time to break from our schedules and focus on our relationship with Christ. This has never been [...]

Mary Glowrey – Part 3, Her Feminine Genius

Let’s now turn to a reflection on Mary Glowrey and the “feminine genius.” Of all the characteristics of Saint John Paul II’s notion of the “feminine genius,” perhaps the most primary one is receptivity. It is on the foundation of receptivity that other characteristics, such as sensitivity, generosity, service and maternity, can grow. Receptivity is [...]