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Being empty to allow Jesus in

  By  Sr Melissa Dwyer “Your emptiness is but your preparation for being filled.” –  Charles Spurgeon OFTEN we view the notion of emptiness as something negative. There can be a tendency to be uncomfortable with silence, and try to fill it with noise. We fill our free time with activity to avoid sitting with ourselves as we are. And ... Read More »

Faith central to Broncos chief Paul White’s game plan for life

BRISBANE Broncos rugby league chief executive officer Paul White sat down with Donna Lynch to discuss faith and family. Question: Could you tell me about the Paul White early years? Answer: All very happy years, Donna. I was born in Charleville in Western Queensland in 1966. We probably didn’t have a lot as a family but my parents gave us ... Read More »

Where there’s hope there’s life

By Br Brian Grenier FOR 32 years Hugo Gabriel Gryn (1930-96) was a greatly respected rabbi at the West London Synagogue. In his memoirs he relates how in 1944, at the risk of their lives, he and his resourceful father Geza celebrated Chanukah (the Jewish eight-day winter Festival of Lights) amid the unspeakable horrors of Auschwitz. Having fashioned a candlestick ... Read More »

Dads don’t know their importance in communicating with their daughters

By Madonna King HOW often does a father sit down and really talk to his teen daughter, one-on-one? I asked 400 fathers that question recently, as part of my research for a book Fathers and Daughters, and the answers should make us all stop and think. “This month while on holidays.’’ “Good question. It’s been a while now. Thinking about ... Read More »

Roma teacher shares touching insights into his adoption story

Ryan Baines

YOUNG Roma religious education teacher Ryan Baines delivered an inspiring talk at the University of Southern Queensland recently with the simple message, “Do what gives you life”. That was a theme in his hour-long tale on second chances, faith and discovering new horizons. He was delivering the annual Concannon Oration, organised by Concannon College. About 200 people gathered to hear ... Read More »

Second stage of new Cairns school opened and blessed

Bishop Foley blesses Cairns school classroom

MACKILLOP Catholic College is celebrating the completion of the second stage of its development at Mount Peter, having tripled its enrolment since opening in 2016. College principal Luke Reed said the people of Queensland through the State Government had provided extensive funds for the first stages of the college. “We thank our fellow Queenslanders for their partnership and confidence in ... Read More »

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