Have you by any chance met Margaret Malone yet? She is new to our parish and slowly settling into the Torquay community. Now it would be almost impossible to make note of every new parishioner in this fasion but there is a special reason for introducing Margaret to you.
Good Samaritan Sister Margaret Malone trained as a teacher and taught at
all levels; her last appointment was as a lecturer at Australian Catholic
University where she taught sacraments, liturgy, and social justice. Since
then, her main work has been in formation throughout her own order and with the
Benedictine monks at New Norcia. She has given retreats internationally and
Margaret has recently returned to the area she has grown up in, after many years carrying out her ministry in Western Australia. She has family in our surrounds, as well as many school friends and she is glad to be home once more. As she packed her bags and belongings the experience of moving back to Victoria ocassioned some deep reflection on the whole process of what coming home means. Her article "ON COMING HOME" was first published in The
, the e-magazine of the Good Samaritan Sisters. It can also be found here
Reading this article, you may be challenged to stop and think about the concept of 'home' and just what it means for you. Reflect upon the home of your parents where you grew up; think about the home you have made for yourself in your adult lives; and perhaps think about the home you have in the midst of our faith community.
Do we really feel that our community is our home? Are we comfortable in our acceptance that this is where we belong? What might make us or others feel that they are outside the home?
Jack Bentz, S.J., lives in Boise, Idaho, and works with the Jesuit Conference. He writes for America Magazine and lately he has published two articles which fit very nicely after a contemplation of 'Home' and what it might mean to make others welcome in our faith community. Read them below and see what you think