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The Battle Against Evil Continues

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. Starring Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Rebecca Ferguson and Alex Baldwin Running time: 147minutes   THERE seems to be no signs of stopping for evergreen superstar Tom Cruise and the now 22-year-old franchise that is Mission: Impossible. Originally a television series aired from the late ’60s to ... Read More »

Never a Dull Moment with Heroes

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR: Starring Robert Downey Jnr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Pratt, Scarlett Johansson. Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. Rated M (Fantasy themes and violence) 156 minutes. WITH such heavy anticipation and expectation, Marvel Studios delivers again with an astounding culmination of a 10-year lead-up. Avengers: Infinity Wars goes straight to the deep end, breaking the rules. ... Read More »

Mary’s Strength of Heart Shines

MARY MAGDALENE: Starring Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tahar Rahim. Directed by Garth Davis. Rated M (Mature themes) 120 minutes AFTER the new light shed on the misconceptions of the person of Mary of Magdala comes a film that takes us on a pensive journey, of following the calling placed on one’s heart, to step out of the ordinary ... Read More »

A Joyous Journey of the Heart

FINDING YOUR FEET: Starring Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, Joanna Lumley. Directed by Richard Loncraine. Rated M (Coarse language) 111 mins. WE all deserve a second chance in life, don’t we? Whether that means giving someone else a second chance by forgiving them for their mistakes or giving yourself a second chance at discovering who you truly are. Directed ... Read More »

What Brisbane Catholics are reading this summer

Whether holidays are the one time of the year you can do some serious reading or you are looking for a good thriller to take to the beach, several Brisbane Catholics have a recommendation to fit the bill, from travel to memoir, and crime fiction, books about saints to papal documents. Pam Betts, Brisbane Catholic Education, executive director Dear Pope Francis: ... 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 »

The Heart of the Saints

Front Cover of Fire to the Earth by Fr Ken Barker MGL

FIRE TO THE EARTH: THE HEART OF THE SAINTS Fr Ken Barker MGL; Modotti Press, an Imprint of Connor Court Publishing Pty Ltd. Redland Bay, Qld 2017 Reviewed by Barbara Flynn. ON February 3, 1986 Father Ken Barker joined with four young men in Kaleen, Canberra to begin a common life of prayer and service. By December 1992, Archbishop Francis ... Read More »

Just Compassion

JUST COMPASSION: A PRIEST’S QUEST FOR HUMAN RIGHTS Fr Wally Dethlefs; Tafina Press, 2017.   Review of Just Compassion by Dr Ann Morgan Few people manage to integrate passion, integrity and ethical principles in their life and work in the manner demonstrated by Fr Wally Dethlefs. His book portrays these qualities in an unpretentious narrative that offers inspiration. There is ... Read More »

Strangers in a Strange Land

Front Cover of Strangers in a Strange Land by Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles J. Chaput

STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND: LIVING THE CATHOLIC FAITH IN A POST-CHRISTIAN WORLD Archbishop Charles J. Chaput; Henry Holt and Company, New York; 2017 Reviewed by CNS “WE are passing through a revolution of sorts in America,” says Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. Following such upheavals in the nation’s moral life as the “normalisation of pornography, premarital sex, divorce (and) ... Read More »

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