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Domestic harm calls for major cultural shift

Woman in abuse

ADDRESSING deficits within Catholic culture has been a consistent message from Church leaders following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Church leaders have said cultural change was needed so neglect in pastoral care when responding to vulnerable victims was not repeated. While domestic violence is outside ... Read More »

Talking about the dirty ‘o’ word – obedience

Obedience and freedom

OBEDIENCE is, in fact, the only vow a Dominican friar takes. On the day of his profession, with his hands placed within those of his superior and upon the constitutions of the order, he vows obedience to God, the Blessed Virgin, St Dominic, the Master of the Order and his ... Read More »

Persimmon sandwiches? How Dominicans live poverty today

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“Anyone who shows the least inclination to really practise the poverty of Christ in his own life will be called a crank.” EVANGELICAL poverty embraced for the sake of the mission entrusted to us by Christ – “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19) – was an ... Read More »

Eucharist defines the Roe family

THERE’S no doubting what the Roe family will prioritise this weekend. Parents Daniel and Kristen said faith expression was “normalised” in their home and weekly Mass attendance “has never been an issue”. “I often find myself saying to other Christian friends that one of the perks of being Catholic is ... Read More »

Learning to lament this Lenten season

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This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Lenten message ON Ash Wednesday we heard the prophet’s words: “Come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning” (Joel 2:12) – words which echo one of the key themes of Scripture, the theme of lament. Ancient Israel had to make sense ... Read More »

New Lenten program to help with reflecting, sharing and living the Gospel

MARIST Brother Roger Burke’s enthusiasm for spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ is infectious. In more than 60 years as a Marist Brother he has strived to live the Gospel and has always encouraged others to live out their baptismal call. In Jubilee parish, in Brisbane’s inner west, he ... Read More »

Making a difference backed up by research

ST Vincent de Paul Society Queensland and the University of Queensland have entered into a pioneering partnership to undertake research providing an evidence base for the charity’s “good works”. Vinnies Queensland chief executive officer Peter Maher said: “It was critical for the society to understand what it is doing to ... Read More »

Andrea Mercier relishing the chance to share faith stories

EVERYONE would benefit from “an Andrea Mercier” in their corner. She’s the kind of wife, mother, educator and friend whose selfless and God-filled ways are at the core of her being. Not that the striking woman of faith would publicise it; in fact, she’d likely go to great lengths to ... Read More »

Japanese samurai who ‘remained rock solid for Christ’ beatified

Blessed

Takayama Ukon was be beatified on February 7. Marist Father Paul Glynn shares some history from his amazing life. ST Francis Xavier strode manfully from a small boat into feudal Japan on the feast of Mary’s Assumption, August 15, 1549, the day he had taken his vows as a Jesuit. ... Read More »

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