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Whitlams stood strong on marriage

GIVEN the Whitlams’ stable and devoted marriage which produced four children and lasted until Mrs Whitlam’s death over 60 years later, the Whitlams may have given more thought to the institution than Fr Gregory Jordan infers (“Former PM farewelled”, CL 2/11/14). If they didn’t then given their result perhaps we should all start calling marriage a piece of paper. The Family Law ... Read More »

‘I’m looking forward to heaven’

By Debra Vermeer WHEN Divine Word Missionaries Father Gerard Mulholland found out a few months ago that he had late-stage Motor Neurone Disease, he was angry with God. Now, with his faith to sustain him, Fr Gerard says he is looking forward to heaven, but with the loving care of family, confreres and friends, is still enjoying every day on ... Read More »

Sustained by faith in difficult times

Fr Gerard Mulholland

By Debra Vermeer WHEN Divine Word Missionaries Father Gerard Mulholland found out a few months ago that he had late-stage Motor Neurone Disease, he was angry with God. Now, with his faith to sustain him, Fr Gerard says he is looking forward to heaven, but with the loving care of family, confreres and friends, is still enjoying every day on ... Read More »

Faith saved Sue Treweek from ‘hell’

By Emilie Ng INSTITUTIONALISED care almost killed Brisbane woman Sue Treweek as a young child. But the 49-year-old said her Catholic faith was the reason she is alive. Ms Treweek’s testimony of assault and unjustified institutionalisation is one of many featured in travelling showing at the Queensland Museum until November 17. She said her education stopped at 12, when she ... Read More »

Does contraception have a place in Christian relief work?

By Bernard Toutounji I was recently invited to tour a new medical ship run by the international Christian relief organisation Youth With a Mission. This particular ship, destined for work in Papua New Guinea is larger and newer than their current vessel, and it will allow YWAM to increase its medical assistance by 500 per cent, offering healthcare immunisations and ... Read More »

Guiding light for vocations

By Patrick Ransom THE Vocations Office Roadshow this year has continued to connect with people both locally and nationally; preaching, speaking to and conversing with groups as diverse as the Catholic Church itself. As a young and newly-married Catholic man, I had already grown used to preaching “God’s calling”. This came largely from explaining my motivations for buying an engagement ... Read More »

A child loved by all

HAVING just read your story on Down Syndrome, I feel I could cry (CL October 26). Not for the children, but for the parents who will never know the absolute joy they have missed out on. We were privileged to have our son born in 1964 with Down Syndrome. The first time we knew that there was a problem was ... Read More »

Faith not alien to Pope’s astronomer

By Paul Dobbyn GAZING through a telescope at the night sky would most likely not be rated as a moment of worship for most people. Not so US-born Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno. In a recent conversation in Brisbane, the man often known as “the Pope’s Astronomer” who works at the Vatican Observatory, begged to differ. “Worship for me can be ... Read More »

Love is the key to everything in life

By Terry Lees Life provides many treasured moments and in my memory bank is one from Christmas 2011, when we travelled by road from Mount Isa to Ballina in northern NSW. With me were my wife Pattie and two granddaughters, then aged 16 and 5. Nearing Ballina, there is a stunning, breath-taking view that sweeps down the range, across lush ... Read More »

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