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Why we should read “Gaudete et Exsultate”

May 22, AD 2018 0 Comments
Why we should read “Gaudete et Exsultate”

Back in March, Pope Francis released an apostolic exhortation all about the call to be holy, Gaudete et Exsultate. Within just a few days, the online world was discussing (and debating) the document. As often happens in our world of constant news and digital engagement, a few weeks went by and conversations about this exhortation died down. […]

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My Alabaster Jar

April 11, AD 2018 0 Comments
My Alabaster Jar

“When he was in Bethany reclining at table in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of perfumed oil, costly genuine spikenard. She broke the alabaster jar and poured it on his head. There were some who were indignant. ‘Why has there been this waste of perfumed oil? It […]

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Beatitudinem quaerens – a joyful album of modern Latin hymns

March 27, AD 2018 0 Comments
Beatitudinem quaerens – a joyful album of modern Latin hymns

Italian musician Beppe Frattaroli has produced an album in Latin, Beatitudinem quaerens: “Looking for Bliss”. By turns joyful, reflective, and gloriously stirring, Beatitudinem quaerens brings the Latin language to life, imbuing it with the emotive qualities of Italian music while preserving its linguistic integrity. Frattaroli combines modern instruments and vocal effects with this ancient tongue […]

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#AllforJan: Slovakia mourns a young Catholic journalist

March 20, AD 2018 0 Comments
#AllforJan: Slovakia mourns a young Catholic journalist

After Laetare Sunday Mass, a fellow parishioner asked me: “Have you heard of the protests in Slovakia? They are the largest since the fall of Communism! 50,000 people marched in the streets of Slovakia on Friday, and 25,000 on March 2, not to mention even more people gathering in cities across Europe. A 27-year-old investigative […]

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An Indonesian Miracle of Muslim-Catholic Friendship

February 20, AD 2018 0 Comments
An Indonesian Miracle of Muslim-Catholic Friendship

One of my friends was a Buddhist when she and her family narrowly escaped being raped or killed by riots against the Chinese in the May 1998 riots of Indonesia, which saw over 1000 murdered. She told me about the miraculous survival of a Catholic family living in the vicinity. They tied a rosary to […]

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The Beggar on the Bus

February 13, AD 2018 0 Comments
The Beggar on the Bus

One afternoon, I was on a bus to the city when a disheveled young man boarded the bus. He was in gray pajamas, barefoot, and looked like he hadn’t had a shower in awhile. “Can I please get on? I only need 60 more cents,” he begged the driver. The driver demurred, probably adhering to […]

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Movie Review: “King’s Faith”

January 23, AD 2018 0 Comments
Movie Review: “King’s Faith”

The Christian movie King’s Faith (2013), available on Netflix, is a beautiful and moving story of faith and redemption. Best of all, it manages to convey the reality of faith without being corny or trite, examining complex human issues like death, crime, divorce and abortion with tenderness, displaying the full reality of the pain and […]

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Cardinal Pell’s response to his charges

January 9, AD 2018 0 Comments
Cardinal Pell’s response to his charges

The sexual abuse crises in Catholic dioceses from the USA to Ireland have created great distress and fomented considerable media attention. It is a sickening tragedy and grave injustice, always and everywhere, when adults in positions of trust take advantage of vulnerable children and young adults under their supervision. However, it is also a tragedy […]

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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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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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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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