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Thanksgiving – Grace

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

There would be very few newspaper or magazine editors who have pop songs written about them. On a CV that is already overloaded with achievement, national honours and appointments to respected boardrooms, Ita Buttrose alone can boast of being serenaded by 1970s rock group Cold Chisel. So famous was she at the time they only needed to use her first name to signify their meaning – here was a woman of power, intelligence and guts, but above all of grace.

Ita Buttrose

In a secular sense the meaning of the word grace has probably strayed too far from its religious origins but the two are not total strangers. The intangible grace which Ita possesses certainly is a gift from God and does inspire others to be at their best.

With her calm and cool demeanour, a refined speaking voice and presentation, an intelligence that doesn’t shout its approach and an empathy to mix with all people regardless of background she has probably set the benchmark for future Australian of the Year appointments following her 2013 gong.

The recent TV biopic Paper Giants focused a good deal on her working dynamic with boss Kerry Packer, but it only highlighted a further facet of her grace, adaptability. No doubt Packer could crack the whip, but she accepted it was ultimately done out of love for the magazine and because he dearly wanted it to succeed. She was also canny enough to realise that outside of his business brain, which was determined to be nobody’s fool, his bark was worse than his bite. True grace under fire!

Paper Giants

For all those who bring grace and dignity to the world, either by their unique presence, or a gentle and warm word here and there, we say thank you.

Previous thanksgiving article: Resourcefulness

The season of Lent asks of us for sacrifice and the foregoing of many things, but an attitude of joy and gratitude should not be amongst them.

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

At the outset it should be made clear the viewpoints expressed here are a matter of individual opinion. If any one item doesn’t coincide with your own personal tastes then why not seek to better it with some thanksgiving of your own rather than a critique? You are always welcome to do so at the Archdiocesan website feedback mechanism.

So we invite you to come, walk with us awhile, and be thankful as we journey together to Calvary and beyond to Easter.

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