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A meditative exercise

This article first appeared in Global Sisters Report on Jan. 24, 2018 and was written by Nancy Sylvester

Many of you are probably familiar with a mandala. It is a spiritual and ritual symbol primarily used in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. It has become popular in retreats where one is invited to draw a mandala or to color in one that is already drawn.

An Irresistible Force - how one extraordinary woman helped shape a nation

A fresh, spirited and engaging biography of a fascinating and influential woman who was absolutely instrumental in shaping modern Australia - but whose influence and importance has largely been forgotten is now available from HarperCollins, in time for Christmas.

100 tales of extraordinary women

Children’s nonfiction books about women’s lives are long overdue, and this empowering, resolutely “anti-princess” storybook is a very welcome addition. Initially funded by a $1m Kickstarter campaign, the authors wrote it in response to the gender stereotyping they found across children’s books and media.

The gap widens between family expectations and what the church is able to deliver

This article was written by Elena Curti and was first published in The Tablet on 30 August 2017

The funeral was exactly what the family wanted. It was a celebration of the life of their loved one, with no mention of religion. The service took place in an airy, modern crematorium chapel; outside town and surrounded by greenery. It featured the deceased person’s favourite music – classic rock – and a slide show capturing special moments with his family. An accomplished civil celebrant told his life story and two friends gave heartfelt personal tributes.

This interview with Dr Phyllis Zagano was published Salt and Light Media on 3 Jun 2017

Pope Francis' commission to study women deacons in the Catholic Church is quietly conducting their work. In this rare interview, commissioner and leading expert on the topic Phyllis Zagano discusses three of her books that build the case for admitting women to the diaconate today.

This song was written by Margaret Rizza and published to You Tube 3 Feb 2013

Born in 1929, Margaret Rizza only began to compose in 1997. Since then she has become a major personality in the world of Christian choral music, with substantial sales of both her printed and recorded music, which includes chart topping Taizé Chants. All this followed an illustrious career as an opera singer spanning 25 years, under the name Margaret Lensky, working with conducters such as Britten, Stravinsky and Bernstein

This article was first published in Catholic Women Preach.

Catholic Women Preach is an innovative project designed to address some of the most pressing challenges facing the Church today by responding to Pope Francis’ call for broader and more active engagement of the baptized in the preaching mission of the Church. This project is a deeply faithful, hopeful and joyful initiative intended to build up the Church.

This article was written by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat and was first published on Spiritual and Practice on January 1, 2017.

Every year from the more than 300 books we review on this website, we choose the Best Spiritual Books. In addition to 50 adult books, we also include 10 Best Spiritual Children's Books.

These are titles that have most impressed and inspired us. Since we only review books that we want to recommend to you for your spiritual journey, this selection actually represents the best of the best. Through diverse approaches, drawing upon the wisdom and practices of the world's religions, these titles explore the quest for meaning and purpose, wholeness and healing, commitment and community, contemplation and social activism.

This article was written by Emily Sanna and was first published in U.S. Catholic in December 2016 (Vol. 81, No. 12).

“The Strength of Her Witness,” edited by Elizabeth Johnson, contains articles by women around the world on the importance of Christ’s incarnation.

“What difference do women’s voices make in interpreting the meaning of Jesus Christ?” asks Elizabeth Johnson in her introduction to The Strength of Her Witness. This book, edited by Johnson, attempts to answer that question.

Share The Dignity

The "It's in the Bag" Christmas campaign idea came to us when we realised that we seem to manage the needs of children at Christmas, ensuring they're cared for and made to feel special, but the same can't always be said for those women who put the needs of others before their own. We wanted to make them feel special.

And so the campaign began - we asked Australians to donate a handbag they no longer used, fill it with items that would make a woman feel special and even pop a thoughtful note into the bag to show her that someone cares and that she matters.