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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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Hone Your Personality Strengths – A Pathway For A More Interesting Life

Posted: April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 10 April 2016. By John Abbate. Keeping focus, finding a meaning to life, being creative, remaining engaged and growing, keeping faith in the self, in other people and in the notion that good will triumph—we depend on these and other strengths of personality for our enduring…

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Gratitude: a high mark of generosity and achievement. Everyone feels better.

Posted: April 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 3 April 2016. By John Abbate. Gratitude and generosity—where do they begin? According to the psychoanalyst Melanie Klein, “feelings of love and gratitude arise directly and spontaneously in the baby in response to the love and care of his (sic) mother” (in Love, Hate, and Reparation)….

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We all need to be released from something – Easter Sunday 2016

Posted: March 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 27 March 2016. By John Abbate. In two paintings by Caravaggio, the Supper at Emmaus and Doubting Thomas, the gestures of the characters betray the magnitude of the event depicted. It is the “shock of the new,” said Dr Macnab. Jesus is revealed as risen from…

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The Things That Make Us Most Human

Posted: March 23, 2016 | Category: Easter | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 20 March 2016. By John Abbate. “It is a harsh world, indescribably cruel. It is a gentle world, unbelievably beautiful. It is a world that can make us bitter, hateful, rabid, destroyers of joy. It is a world that can draw forth tenderness from us as we…

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Do You Know Who You Really Are?

Posted: March 16, 2016 | Category: Easter | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 13 March 2016. By John Abbate. “Some of us grow backwards, some of us grow inwards, a few of us grow forwards,” said Dr Macnab. People change, sometimes undesirably.When we re-encounter someone after an extended absence, that change can come as a shock to us. Dr…

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Some Live Without Faith. Some Live Without Love. Some Live With Hope In spite of everything.

Posted: March 9, 2016 | Category: Easter | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 6 March 2016. By John Abbate. Faith According to the great twentieth century theologian Paul Tillich, faith is not a collection of beliefs. Faith is an energy of the whole personality. Why then, Dr Macnab asks, have the psychologists so neglected the subject of faith in…

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Five Domains of Growth After an Adverse Live Event

Posted: March 2, 2016 | Category: Easter | 0 Comments

Notes on the Sunday address by Dr Francis Macnab, 28 February 2016 By John Abbate How can we grow after adverse life events? In the aftermath of devastation, after the “dreadful has already happened,” dare we speak of growth? “Can we sing again?” asked Dr Macnab. Dr Macnab discusses five areas of life that become…

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