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We’re called to a radical love which goes beyond differences

By Sr Melissa Dwyer I RECENTLY attended the Ignite Youth Conference in Brisbane and in the weeks that have followed I’ve struggled to get one particular song out of my head. I don’t know the words of the verses, or even the entire chorus, but the one phrase that is still ringing in my ears is, “Your love is louder”. ... Read More »

Five-second choices that can change our world

I AM led to believe that Edmund Hillary was within a couple of hundred metres of the summit of Mt Everest when he and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were confronted by a vertical rock wall. Now known as the Hillary Step, the 12-metre wall could have been the last straw. Exhausted, gasping for oxygen, Hillary and Tenzing would later claim that ... Read More »

Praying the peace prayer of St Francis

By Sr Hilda Scott THE Peace Prayer of St Francis is well known to us. It has been set to music and most parishes sing it in one form or another; “Lord make me an instrument of your peace etc”. It is attributed to St Francis of Assisi and even if he didn’t actually write it, the sentiments in the ... Read More »

From love to life – the wonder of marriage

marriage

Every little thing she does is magic My gift is my song, and this one’s for you Have I told you lately that I love you Eight days a week I love you You say it best when you say nothing at all I just called to say I love you.   A QUICK glance over some of the most ... Read More »

Lessons from the man at the bus stop who wanted to end his life

Mother Teresa

WAITING for the 8.18pm bus in the CBD I was reading a novel when “Jack” approached me asking how long until the next bus, “Twenty-five minutes to go,” I said. “Ah, right,” he paused, then said, “sometimes it’s so hard to keep on going I feel like ending it (mentioning a suicide method).” In that moment I had a choice – keep on reading and pretend I hadn’t heard his last comment or actively listen. I ... Read More »

New Catholic Jesse Smith celebrates first communion at Easter Vigil

Parish friends with new Catholic Jesse Smith

Pope Francis would be pleased with Jesse Smith. Encouraging pilgrims in St Peter’s Square, Rome, and audiences worldwide to consider the importance placed on messages from the Word of God, our Holy Father would be pleased that Jesse’s Bible is almost falling apart. “What would happen if we turned around … if you forget your cellphone (mobile phone)?” Pope Francis ... 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 »

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 »

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 assist people in need in our communities, and what is ... Read More »

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