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How to enjoy being single

HOW does one take delight or pleasure in being single, when we are made for union with an other?  The loneliness we experience in this time is not so much emptiness as is it a stirring of desire that awaits fulfilment.  We become restless for romance.  When we fall in love, that special person consumes our every thought and being. ... Read More »

How a Rwandan man is transforming the lives of refugees

Protais Muhirwa

IT’S an explosion of colour, costume, dance and even cuisine. About 15 different nationalities collide in this most unusual sight in Brisbane’s southern suburbs. People from South America, the Middle East, parts of Africa and even eastern Europe. But there is one thing that stands out more than the colours, smell and sounds. It’s the smiles on these faces. Welcome ... Read More »

Living in the lucky country is a blessing for Australians

MY parents always told me that we were lucky to be born in Australia. To a degree, I understood what they meant, but I figured that it just had something to do with the great weather, the beaches, or religious freedoms. It didn’t truly hit me until I left its safe, free, prosperous shores in pursuit of love. I’ve since ... Read More »

Why it’s ok to be a young Mum

BEING a “young mum” was never something I really thought about. I met my husband, fell in love, got married and had my first child just after my twenty-first birthday. My third child was born just before I turned 26. They were the days where all the mums were having their babies before 30 – there was a lot of ... Read More »

Keeping rural parishes alive

Fr Jason Middleton

FATHER Jason Middleton was driving on a dirt road with a mobile phone that teased: “No service”. He was heading to a cattle property on the remotest stretch of the Brisbane archdiocese. Roads of dirt, cattle grids and not one bar of mobile phone reception. From the property, Fr Jason would see the unremarkable point where the Brisbane, Rockhampton and ... Read More »

How a cathedral pulled this young man out of depression

Joe Grogan

JOE Grogan believes film and communications play a large part in the new evangelisation of his beloved Catholic faith. “We live in the information age and within this age the potential for communications, film and screen media is boundless to engage open minds and open hearts towards love, mercy and faith,” he said. Originally born in Kiribati to an Australian Catholic missionary father and Kiribati-born mother, Joe’s early life was ... Read More »

Coach to Broncos stars retires as high school teacher

Steve Parle

MANY rugby league fans will be familiar with the names of star Queenslanders Julian O’Neill, Matt Sing, PJ Marsh, and more recently Ben Hunt and Corey Oates, but what about Steve Parle? He’s likely unknown to most, even though he’s had a hand in the success of these champions and many others. Steve Parle is also a man thousands of ... Read More »

Living mercy each day

Anita Covington

ANITA Covington is a Queenslander through and through, a little bit Irish and Mercy to her bootstraps, and she’ll be celebrating all three this Christmas. Born in the North Queensland sugar-cane town of Ingham, her father was Irish and earlier this year she won the Mercy Week Mission Award at Mater Hospital Brisbane. Anita is not one for speaking out ... Read More »

The Christmas gift of life together

By Dr Ryan Messmore THERE we were in the maternity ward awaiting the birth of our first son.   My wife, Karin, grimaced in pain as another contraction began.   That was my cue. I pressed “play” on my laptop computer and turned the screen toward her. Surprised and a bit confused, she watched a 60-second video of one of ... Read More »