Two books on my shelf are particularly well used. One is Preparing and Leading Prayer for Group Meetings by Donal Harrington and Julie Kavanagh and though published in 1998 is readily available for $30. The other is Act, Love, Walk: Praying in the Josephite Spirit by Ann Gilroy, Colleen O’Sullivan, Anne-Marie Gallagher and Judith Sippel who are Josephite Sisters. Act, Love, Walk: Praying in the Josephite Spirit was published in 2004 and I picked up my copy for $20 at Mary MacKillop Place.
The preparations for the Australian Plenary Council 2020 and the “flow on” from the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Sexual Abuse have prompted many articles and conversations about leadership and leaders. History tells us that military leaders for example who are well prepared often sacrifice unnecessarily their troops. The Official World War 1 Historian for Australia, CJ Bean was, in fact, quite scathing of some leaders by name, but generous in his praise of others. Because CJ Bean was present at many battles in which Australian Imperial Forces were utilised, he was well placed to note planning, risk, and use of resources both human and physical. He understood the power of authentic listening and shepherding, two key traits of strong leaders.