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Musician and youth ministry director spearheads another year of lived faith in new book

Patrick Keady

SOME are blessed to “whistle while they work”. That’s the God-given reality of Brisbane’s Patrick Keady who, for more than two decades, has shared with anyone within coo-ee and beyond, an insatiable appetite for the beauty and potential of the Church. The Emmanuel Community’s  Ignite Youth director shared faith spearheads his New Year resolve, prompted by an early-morning wake-up call. ... Read More »

The heart of London is the home of martyrs

Tyburn site of the martyrs

Brisbane photo-journalist Alan Edgecomb writes about his visit to the Tyburn Tree, a place in London where 105 Catholics were martyred during the Reformation. THEY were hanged, drawn and quartered for refusing to take the oath attached to the Act of Succession. I know little of English history, so I was surprised when Borsbane Oratory priest Fr Adrian Sharp spoke ... Read More »

Sr Hilda Scott: Yes, you are reason for the season

nativity of Christ

CHRISTMAS is with us again and while a time of undeniable joy, for many that is not the case. As you approach this time how does life look for you? Will this season go by without hearing from someone you most want to hear from? Has the year been such that you will ache for the presence of someone who ... Read More »

John three sixteen: God’s fantastic Christmas present

Annunciation by Titian

THE brilliant Marist Brother who taught me Latin while I was in the seminary celebrated his 80th birthday a few years ago. At the party held in his honour there were people from all walks of life – men and women whom Br Roger had met and ministered to over the many years of his religious life, as well as ... Read More »

Breathe a testament to true love in the context of marriage

INSPIRATIONAL and emotionally heavy, Breathe demonstrates what the power of hope can achieve in one’s life, even when confronted by great challenges. Set in the 1950s, Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) is an exuberant young man in his late 20s. After having spent seven years in the army as a rifleman he decides to enter into a tea-brokering business with a ... Read More »

Will you give differently this Christmas?

giving

CHRISTMAS is traditionally a time where we tend to focus on buying gifts, writing Christmas cards and preparing food for a feast spent with loved ones. Yet as I reflect on Christmas 2017, I am challenged to ask myself how this Christmas season is going to be different. What is going to be different in me this year, as I ... Read More »

Why do we venerate the saints?

Fra Angelico painting The Domincan Blessed

WHEN attending Mass in Brisbane a few months ago I had my first experience of déjà vu. Every time I left the church, a local parishioner would grab my arm, fix me with an enquiring look and ask with great earnestness: “What order are you from?” After a few days of repeating the words “Dominicans” or “Order of Preachers” I ... Read More »

Archbishop Coleridge reflects on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

Christian faiths across the globe remembered the 500th anniversary since German Catholic priest Martin Luther published his 95 theses in 1517, marking the beginning of what would become the Protestant Reformation.  Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge reflects on the conflict and graces that have come out of this important movement.   RECENTLY I saw an item on a website which bore ... Read More »

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