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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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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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When You Give, God Gives More

October 11, AD 2017 0 Comments
When You Give, God Gives More

By guest writer Tasman Westbury. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. – Luke 6:30 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one […]

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Michael’s Conversion: Finding God Through Darkness

October 4, AD 2017 2 Comments
Michael’s Conversion: Finding God Through Darkness

By guest writer Michael Goo. As a typical Singaporean Chinese, I was raised with a mixture of Buddhism and Taoism. I came to know and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ when I was very young and studying in the Canossian School for the Hearing Impaired. After graduation, I enrolled into Montfort Secondary School’s Express […]

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The Church Embraces All People: Thoughts on the Beatification of Fr. Stanley Rother

October 3, AD 2017 1 Comment
The Church Embraces All People: Thoughts on the Beatification of Fr. Stanley Rother

“They must be going to the beatification!” I yelped happily, as I pointed towards a well-dressed group of people walking down the sidewalk. It was early in the morning on Saturday, September 23rd, and I could not contain my excitement. Several minutes later, I found myself also walking down the sidewalks of downtown Oklahoma City. […]

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Sacramentals: holy gifts

September 26, AD 2017 0 Comments
Sacramentals: holy gifts

The lady on the bus Since watching Touch, my boyfriend has had a habit of reading number plates and, now that he’s Catholic, relating them to the faith. One day he was riding a bus when he noticed “MAS” on a car, and chuckled to himself, seeing it as a reminder to go to Mass. […]

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