January is a great time to think about the relationships, habits and activities we want to nurture and prioritise in the coming year. As Pope Francis calls us to a Year of Prayer in preparation for the Jubilee Year in 2025—the theme of which is ‘Pilgrims of Hope’—we share stories to inspire and encourage us on our journey into the new year.
Deep friendship with God has motivated and animated the faith of Sr Mary Sarah Galbraith throughout her 33 years as a Dominican Sister of St Cecilia. As students return to school this week, this gifted educator and school principal shares with us the lovely story of her vocation and some of the insights she’s gained from her ongoing ‘conversation' with St Thomas Aquinas.
To mark the beginning of the Year of Prayer, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli recently recorded a video message in Rome, in which he reflects on the value of prayer and suggests some simple but powerful ways to pray for ourselves, our Church and our world in the coming year.
In the lead-up to Word of God Sunday, we offer three ideas to help you experience the Word of God anew in 2024, and we hear about the inspiring portrait exhibition Great Women of Faith, which will be coming to St Patrick’s Cathedral in March.
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