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Raise your eyes to the gaze of Jesus Christ

Crucifixion

“CHOOSE Life”. Those were the words, which the readings at Mass addressed to us the day after Ash Wednesday, taken as they were from Moses’ lengthy exhortation to the people of Israel from the Book of Deuteronomy. And all the chocolate eggs that will be consumed on Easter Sunday are a delicious and eloquent witness to the New Life that ... Read More »

Servant leadership isn’t about ego and money

servant leadership

Servant leaders: “Authentic leaders have high levels of awareness and high values as well as confidence, hope, optimism, and resilience.” Servant leadership is moving outside of religious institutions into mainstream business; at least that’s what some business gurus are saying. Since the Global Financial Crisis organisations have been facing legitimacy issues as employees fail to see their leaders live the ... Read More »

How a Catholic parish’s clever housing initiative saved a little boy’s life

Alex, Yenny and Gabriel Malaver

COLOMBIAN migrants Alex and Yenny Malaver might be the only parents in Australia who say renting a house saved their son’s life. The young parents, who are originally from Colombia but met in Brisbane through the Catholic Latin American community, are the first migrants to benefit from the Jubilee parish’s Head Start Program, which turns weekly rental payments into a ... Read More »

Evangelist Lorraine McCarthy singing to Alpha’s tune

Lorraine McCarthy

“LET’S start at the very beginning, a very good place to start,” sang Julie Andrews as Maria in the ever-popular Sound of Music. Australia has our very own “Maria” although Lorraine McCarthy’s “beginning” is well beyond the melodic, “Do, re, mi”. The Melbournian has sung “Alpha’s” tune for almost 20 years, leading groups and individuals to know Jesus Christ across ... Read More »

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 the commission’s remit, I would posit a similar story could ... 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 successors according to the Rule of St Augustine and the ... Read More »

Purcell family looks inward for life’s meaning and purpose

Gerry and Claire Purcell and their daughters

IT may be difficult for expectant fathers, who are doctors, to choose whether “to be the dad or be the doctor” when baby is on the way. Posing the question to expectant parents Gerry and Claire Purcell, who may welcome their third child between the writing of this story and its reading, it was the younger of them who answered ... Read More »

Persimmon sandwiches? How Dominicans live poverty today

persimmons

“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 integral element of St Dominic’s vision for the Order of ... 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 that we have so many choices when it comes to ... Read More »