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I’m Dreaming of a Contemplative Christmas

December 13, AD 2017 1 Comment
I’m Dreaming of a Contemplative Christmas

Together with “exciting” and “joyful”, “stressful” is a word that is associated with the days leading up to Christmas and with the Christmas season itself. Increased rush hour traffic, shopping lists and parties to squeeze into tight budgets and schedules, tasks lists in the preparation of the Christmas dinner, caroling rehearsals, and year-end work to […]

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Hundreds form a Human Prayer Chain against Café Plans for Villa Maria Chapel

December 7, AD 2017 0 Comments
Hundreds form a Human Prayer Chain against Café Plans for Villa Maria Chapel

By guest writer Catherine Toomey. Circa 200 people of all ages and races formed a human chain down the wall of Brisbane’s Villa Maria heritage property on Wednesday evening. “We are here to prayerfully rally against plans to put a café in one part of our Villa Maria chapel,” said event spokesperson, Peter Bond. In […]

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Why Make Resolutions for the Liturgical Year?

December 6, AD 2017 0 Comments
Why Make Resolutions for the Liturgical Year?

Advent began on Sunday, December 3, and with it, the new liturgical year also began. An entire year to focus on the life and ministry of Christ stretches before us, complete with seasons, feast days, and days of fasting and penitence. Since we are in Advent, it’s important to focus on the season we are […]

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Community Rallies against Café Plans for Heritage Catholic Church

December 5, AD 2017 0 Comments
Community Rallies against Café Plans for Heritage Catholic Church

By guest writer Catherine Toomey. An organic uprising is occurring across Brisbane upon the discovery of otherwise clandestine plans to repurpose part of Brisbane’s heritage Villa Maria Chapel into a café. A prayer vigil has been organized for this Wednesday evening (6th December at 6:15pm) in protest and reparation outside the venue. Additionally, a handwritten […]

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Recognizing Our Lord In Our Heaviest Pains

November 29, AD 2017 3 Comments
Recognizing Our Lord In Our Heaviest Pains

One of my earliest memories is lying in my crib next to my sister. I think I had woken up because I was cold. It was quiet and I remember looking out a window and seeing bare, black branches against a red sky. The room was dark, but the door was slightly ajar, letting in […]

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The Old Testament and the Karate Kid

November 28, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Old Testament and the Karate Kid

It is a common charge against Christians that we ignore the unpalatable parts of the Bible, in particular the rules set down in Mosaic law as recorded in the Pentateuch. Firstly, the Old Testament is a pre-Christian record of the development of the Jewish people as a nation. It’s also an account of how mankind […]

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Spiritual Allies

November 24, AD 2017 1 Comment
Spiritual Allies

For the past three months, the liturgical calendar has been reminding us of our spiritual allies. Towards the end of September, we commemorated the feast of the Archangels. On October 2, we celebrated the feast of the Guardian Angels.  On October 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, we reminded ourselves of the […]

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The Power of a Simple Blessing

November 21, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Power of a Simple Blessing

My boyfriend has a habit of slipping in a “God bless you!” to all and sundry — people on the street, shop assistants, Uber drivers, telemarketers — everyone receives a blessing when he interacts with them. We were bushwalking one Wednesday afternoon when a spry old lady came past. “God bless you!” said Tasman. She […]

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The Extra Jar of Oil

November 19, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Extra Jar of Oil

By guest writer Rev. Fr. Michael Chua. I returned last month from a pilgrimage to Western Europe. As usual, I was bombarded by the same question countless times: “How was it?” I replied, “It was very good, but challenging.” Lost luggage right at the very start, pilgrims having to cut short the journey due to […]

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Degrees of Sin — Separation from God

November 7, AD 2017 3 Comments
Degrees of Sin — Separation from God

Sin is not wanting too much, but settling for too little. It’s settling for self-gratification rather than self-fulfillment. — Scott Hahn, First Comes Love: Finding Your Family in the Church and the Trinity It should have been better that all the stars should have fallen from Heaven than that one soul should have ever committed […]

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Leisure: Rest & Virtue vs Distraction & Dissipation

October 31, AD 2017 0 Comments
Leisure: Rest & Virtue vs Distraction & Dissipation

“Regret is a waste of time.” Dream said. “No, I think regret is when people realise they’ve wasted all the time they’ve had.” Chris argued. — Mary Borsellino, The Boy Who Gave Away His Birthday The Christian life is a harmonization of the contemplative and the active life. We see from Genesis that God rested […]

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Superheroes: Overcoming trauma, and Self-sacrifice

October 17, AD 2017 0 Comments
Superheroes: Overcoming trauma, and Self-sacrifice

All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day. You had a bad day once. Am I right? I know I am. I can tell. You had a bad day and everything changed. Why else […]

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