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Does your child need an extracurricular activity? Here are five reasons to consider altar serving

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ALTAR serving competes against the array of attractive sporting and cultural activities available for our children today. Swimming, soccer and tae kwon do promise the benefits of physical health, teamwork and general wellbeing while rugby, dancing and fishing sell outcomes that have found their way into the deep-set cultural and popular assumptions of our society. What about altar serving?  Others ... Read More »

Why I am praying in Hong Kong for 12 months

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“BUT what will you do there?’ It is a question I had to answer on an almost daily basis in the weeks before leaving for my novitiate. I can’t tell you how tempting it was to reply: “nothing”. Of course, I did not thereby wish to imply that our novitiate was to consist of us simply sitting on the edge ... Read More »

What St Augustine meant when he wrote about religious common life

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“The chief motivation for your sharing life together is to live harmoniously in the house and to have one heart and soul seeking God.” THAT excerpt from the Rule of St Augustine – chosen by St Dominic as the rule for the Order of Preachers in 1216 – is without a doubt one of the most poetically beautiful expressions of ... Read More »

Young newlyweds see Catholic Church as powerful force for good in Australia

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“TORRENTIAL” but inconsequential rain greeted Nick McAlpine as he awaited Caroline Woods before their June 4 nuptials in Brisbane this year.  Nick “only had eyes” for his “beautiful bride”, Caroline for the man who makes her heart “sing”, their union soon sealed by the God who inspires shared and active faith.  The striking duo first met through mutual friends in ... Read More »

Gender pay gap: Have Catholic organisations forgotten St John Paul II’s letter to women?

Gender pay gap

RECENTLY I became aware of a woman with two decades of experience at a senior level in industry, who regularly volunteers for a Catholic-based organisation, and has helped raise more than $50,000 for them.  At a networking event the organisation’s chairman jumped tables to say he had “a great opportunity” for her.  This “great opportunity” turned out to be working ... Read More »

Slum dwellers turn the tables in Heather’s life

Heather Henderson

THE people of the slums in Nairobi, Kenya, have turned the tables on volunteer aid worker Heather Henderson – giving her as much, if not more, than she gives them. Hailing from Brisbane, she’s there as a volunteer for Palms Australia, living among the poor and working at a primary school. And the experience is changing her life. Arriving in ... Read More »

Faith woman Malarndirri McCarthy primed for Senate role

Senator Malarndirri McCarthy

ON the eve of being formally declared the Northern Territory’s new Labor senator, Malarndirri McCarthy, like many Australians, sat watching television transfixed and appalled at images of cruel and haunting abuse in youth detention centres. “When Australians can sit and watch a young child be brutalised in the fashion that we saw on Four Corners, Australians right across the country ... Read More »

How the confessional brought this London gangster back from the dead

FORMER London gangster John Pridmore had a reputation as a violent enforcer. One night, while working as a bouncer at a West End nightclub owned by the mob, he savagely beat a man.  He did it to impress one of his gangland bosses. Wearing knuckledusters, John landed one last powerful punch and watched the man fall straight backwards and smash ... Read More »

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