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God’s Creative Love in

Health

Care

Mrs Mary Dalmau Mission Executive, The Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital

“Some forms of pollution are part of people’s daily experience. Exposure to atmospheric pollutants produces a broad spectrum of health hazards, especially for the poor, and causes millions of premature deaths.” (LS 20) The ministry of healthcare brings together people of diverse faiths and backgrounds. In Catholic health and aged care we do not bring Christ to our facilities. We find Christ every day in our relationships with one another as multicultural, international and spiritual communities. Our hospital and aged care communities have a rich spirituality of being mindfully present and greeting what life presents to us with a wise, respectful and kindly heart. We are given so many every day opportunities to act on behalf of something greater than ourselves and our communities are powerfully strengthened and grateful for these are amazing experiences

of grace. Everything and everyone belongs – Christ holds us together. This connectedness with each other and all of creation is affirmed by Pope Francis in Laudato Si’. “Our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters” (cf. Gen 2:7) (LS 2). By saying this Pope Francis gives me great hope and Laudato Si’ affirms that the work of Catholic health and aged care is relevant and connected to the whole of creation. When we recognise connectedness and care for the other, only good can emerge. A Pastoral Care Practitioner received a referral to support a patient

THE FRANCIS EFFECT II: PRAISED BE YOU – ON CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME

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Profile for Catholic Mission

The Francis Effect II - Praised Be You - On Care for our Common Home  

Twelve prominent Catholic leaders from various sectors and ministries of the Australian Church offer their perspectives on Pope Francis’ enc...

The Francis Effect II - Praised Be You - On Care for our Common Home  

Twelve prominent Catholic leaders from various sectors and ministries of the Australian Church offer their perspectives on Pope Francis’ enc...

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