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Six Key Words Point To Being A Better Human

Posted: June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 13 June 2016. By John Abbate.     Ay, in this thought I pledge my faith unswerving, Here wisdom speaks its final word and true, None is of freedom or of life deserving Unless he daily conquers it anew. —Goethe,  Faust, Part Two   And he…

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Know Your Protective Places In Your Times of Vulnerability

Posted: June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 5 June 2016. By John Abbate. For centuries, people have prayed for protection—for themselves, for their loved ones, for their soldiers, for their community. “In a world of unpredictable hazards, it is a highly caring and rational thing to do […] that we express our caring…

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From Terrible Pain to Discovered Joy

Posted: June 6, 2016 | 1 Comment

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 29 May 2016. By John Abbate. Call the world if you Please “The vale of Soul-making”. —John Keats How do we find joy in life? Dr Macnab begins his address, and his answer to that question, with a discussion of the “anatomy of sadness”. Each part…

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The Therapy of Finding A New Direction

Posted: May 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 22 May 2016. By John Abbate. “Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.” —Proverbs 4:26 “And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.” —Hebrews…

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Training Your Brain To Reduce Your Pain

Posted: May 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 15 May 2016. By John Abbate. “More people are affected by chronic pain than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined,” said Dr Macnab, “and yet we have such difficulty acknowledging it and coping with it.” In this address, Dr Macnab proposed to look at some of…

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In search of the good mother. How the good mother softens the pain.

Posted: May 16, 2016 | 2 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 8 May 2016 (Mother’s Day). By John Abbate. Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus…   Who was the mother of Jesus? What do we know about the woman,…

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We Can Hold Onto Our Best Qualities In Spite Of Our Mixed Emotions

Posted: May 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 1 May 2016. By John Abbate. Emotions affect all of us, demanding our attention, causing us both anxiety and joy. “Human existence comes to each one of us with its gift of mixed emotions,” said Dr Macnab. “Alex loves his job, but hates travelling…Mark is in…

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When The Past Is Too Big. How To Rise Above It. Reflecting on Mahler’s 2nd Symphony.

Posted: April 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the ANZAC Day address by Dr Francis Macnab, Sunday 24 April 2016. By John Abbate. It is not revolutions and upheavals That clear the road to new and better days, But revelations, lavishness and torments Of someone’s soul, inspired and ablaze. Boris Pasternak, After the Storm Dr Macnab admits to a measure of…

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Self Definition – Self Esteem, Faith in its many Forms

Posted: April 20, 2016 | 3 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 17 April 2016. By John Abbate. “Every human being has the astonishing capacity to be a different person in different situations,” Dr Macnab began his address. “We carry within us multiple presences.” As we change ourselves for different people and situations, memory also brings us into…

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