Reflection Day

Today we were enriched with the experience of a Reflection Day, under the guidance of Paul Spence. It was held at a Retreat Centre in Templestowe. The whole experience was…WOW!!!





I saw pictures of Africa today, that touched my heart. It showed how they struggle in Africa yet how they cope. I heard Paul Spence’s wise words,  his honesty and how much he cares for other people.

I felt like I was filled with the Spirit and I am shocked by the heart-touching stories that Paul Spence told us.

I think that I can do something to help change the world, even if it is multiple small things or one big action. Paul Spence went over to Africa and worked and live in Uganda, to help change the lives of a village.

I now know how I can also help to change the world. I know what the 7 Gifts of the Spirit are and what they look like through our actions. Paul Spence has changed the world by doing small things. I look forward to making my Confirmation even more after this Reflection Day. It was a wonderful day of knowledge, understanding and wisdom.

We can all change the world…

“One step at a Time!”

Reflection Day with Paul Spence


Today was an awesome day. We spent the day with Paul Spence and learned more about what it means to be Confirmed. Paul is an inspiring man because he helps African children to receive an education. Paul mostly helps in a village in Uganda.

Paul told us stories which were very touching. One of his stories was about a boy named Joseph who fell over and grazed his knee. He had washed the blood off with dirty water and a few days later his knee became infected. It was very sad to think that they do not have access to clean water. Joseph spent 16 weeks in hospital.

I felt touched by today because of all the people in Uganda that have no fresh water. It made me feel like I need to take more action to help others. Paul reminded me that I should let nothing stand in my way to “Be the Change I want to see in this world” so that everyone can have an AWESOME life.


Today we travelled to Holy Cross Centre in Templestowe and met Paul Spence. It was a very interesting day. I was touched as he told us stories about about his life in Uganda in Africa, which is his home away from home.

My favourite story was when he was walking in the Congo Jungle in Africa. His friend told him to sit down and rest and at that moment a huge silver back gorilla came and sat down next to him. The gorilla held his hand and then pushed him away so that he could eat the bamboo and sit in his spot.

I admire Paul as a role model and he said over and over again..“We can be the Change we wish to see in our world.”

I liked how we had a new way of learning and sharing today. We did not have to put up our hand but could just speak and join in the conversation. It was a fantastic day.


What does Confirmation mean to me?

I believe that confirmation means to stand up for what you believe in. I also think that confirmation means that you do not just stand there, but you need to act as there are so many social justice issues that need to be solved.

What are my new understandings?

I have learnt heaps over this term on acting justly and how to help people in need.
Now that I know about all the different saints I want to grow up to be just like them and be someone who helps poorer countries.

How am I feeling in the lead up to the ceremony?

I am so excited for my confirmation. Firstly because I will receive a special
blessing and the Holy Spirit. Another reason that I’m exited is because I get to share what I have learned about saints and acting justly.

What have I done to prepare for this Sacrament?

I have learnt how to live more justly through researching someone who I believed was a good person. I chose Saint Anthony because He
has been a big help in my life when I lose things and also in the lives of others.
When I grow up I want to be just like him.

By Braden