A Canopy of Stars: Some Reflections for the Journey

A Canopy of Stars: Some Reflections for the Journey

by Christopher Gleeson
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Chris Gleeson has updated and added new material to his wonderful first editionof this book. As well as the eight Stars, we now have four Canopies, each of them aligning with one of the four Weeks of the Spiritual Exercises of St Igantius.

For more than twenty years, Chris Gleeson was at the head of two Jesuit school communities, and called upon to present numerous public speeches, homilies and reflections, spoken and written. Always, dotted among these commentaries, were qiotations from many sources. He has put together a collection of these 'nuggets of wisdom', as he calls them.

An inspiring collection of quotations, extracts, poems and aphorisms, illuminated by the author's reflections and anecdotes. 'A gem on every page and a definite resource if you enjoy pertinent stories and wisdom of the ages. For parents and teenagers themselves, it offers encouragement and inspiration'.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781863551830
Publisher: David Lovell Publishing
Publication date: 08/21/2018
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Christopher Gleeson sj has spent most of his working life as a teacher and administrator in Jesuit schools, nearly twenty-one of which as Head of both Xavier College in Melbourne and St Ignatius' College, Riverview, in Sydney. His peers elected him to serve as Chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia from 1999 to 2001. Since leaving Riverview at the end of 2002, he was Director of Jesuit Publications (now Jesuit Communications) in Melbourne, and inaugural Director of both the Faber Centre of Ignatian Spirituality and the Archdiocesan Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre in Brisbane. In January 2011, he was appointed to be the Provincial's Delegate for Education and Mission Formation, and in January 2016 took on the new role of Provincial Delegate for Ignatian Formation. Chris Gleeson is a member of the Australian Jesuit Province and is based in Our Lady of the Way Parish, Lavender Bay, Sydney.

Table of Contents


Thirteen years on ix

Part 1

Eight Stars

Introduction 3

Star one

Living in the shelter of each other 13

Star two

Living with our feet on the ground and our eyes on the stars 35

Star three

Living is 90 per cent attitude 51

Star four

Living as people of soul 71

Star five

Living with success and failure 93

Star six

Living in the present 107

Star seven

Living with the Maker of the Stars 125

Star eight

Living on the move 155

Part 2

Four Canopies

Introduction 171

Canopy one

Ensuring the proper perspective and balance in my life 177

Canopy two

With Jesus on the road 195

Canopy three

Jesus the lover 205

Canopy four

God the giver and the gift 215

A not so final word 221

References 224

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