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How we think about young Catholics is mostly wrong

World Youth Day Rio

I HAVE been asked to write a column about being a “young person of faith”. I have found it an odd request. Not least because we never seem hear the corresponding alternative – “old person of faith”, or even “middle-aged person of faith”. Perhaps they sound less flattering. I suspect people enjoy adding the age-specific adjective to highlight what they ... Read More »

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 »

Fr Willie Lee following Pope Francis’ call to go to peripheries of society

  GROWING up in Fiji, Willie Lee admired the Irish Columban missionaries who travelled across the world to serve the people of his island home. His great-great-grandfather had accepted the first Catholic priests to his remote rural province of Vanua Levu or “Big Land”. Little did young Willie know that one day he would become a Columban missionary. “I saw ... 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 »

Robert Haddad is sharing the fullness of truth

By Selina Venier APOLOGETICS has nothing to do with apologising. That’s what Sydney’s Robert Haddad hoped to convey to young people at this year’s Ignite Conference. “Young people might mistakenly think apologetics is somehow about apologising but at its fundamental level, it’s about giving answers to the ‘why’ questions,” Mr Haddad said after presenting an Ignite keynote address. “We teach ... Read More »

Faith important in former Wallaby Paul McLean’s game plan

Donna Lynch recently sat down with Wallaby legend Paul McLean (pictured) to discuss life, family, faith and the game played in heaven. Can you tell us the early years of Paul McLean? I suppose (it was a) simple upbringing – grew up in Ipswich, went to the local school which was St Mary’s Primary School which then turned into St ... Read More »

Fr John O’Doherty’s sailed the journey of life with faith, hope

BRISBANE-born missionary priest Fr John O’Doherty has a life-defining connection with the sea. Celebrating 50 years as an Oblate priest, 83-year-old Fr O’Doherty remembered how, while still at school, he was introduced to the world of sailing by one of his schoolmates. Later it opened up the more challenging life of ocean racing. This was part of life giving lessons ... 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 »

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