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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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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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