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Life built on love

WHEN Ray and Clare Garrigan met in 1952, they recognised something special in each other. Despite the difficulties of Clare living in Clifton and Ray in Brisbane they managed to nurture that attraction and on New Year’s Eve 1953 they announced their engagement to marry. They married on Saturday, November 13, 1954 at St James and St John’s Catholic Church, ... Read More »

Leaving room for God

By Adam Burns THE end of one year and the transition into the next is always an exciting time. Fireworks displays and New Year Parties celebrate new and fresh beginnings. It struck me this year that the part of the New Year’s celebrations I enjoy the most is the montages – the review of the previous year through images and ... Read More »

Did I get my good side?

By Emilie Ng BANNED on my gift list for life is the infamous selfie stick. It was a tough call to make, myself having been seduced by the selfie craze, but I decided to cross the gadget off the “totally necessary gifts” list after a thoughtful dinner conversation with a friend. “I had a bit of a revelation,” my friend ... Read More »

Keeping it real in 2015

By Clare Burns CHRISTMAS 2014 was an unexpected joy – I found myself celebrating it with a lady I had been journeying with since September. This lady has a number of physical and mental illnesses. At times the journey has been a challenge, so I was delightfully surprised to experience a drama-free, peaceful Christmas. Scratch beneath the surface and most ... Read More »

Full of admiration

THE December 21 edition of The Catholic Leader provided exceptional relevant variety of subjects for the readership. None were more interesting than Peter Bugden’s sententious review of the career of a proud Catholic, John Sattler. Quite apart from my interest and support of rugby league, my regard for John was inflated when I witnessed his selfless time and talent sharing ... Read More »

Standing up for life

By Emilie Ng ABORTION clinics have always been a place of pain and discomfort for longtime pro-life advocate Daniel Edmonds. But it was outside the Dr Marie Stopes abortion clinic in Bowen Hills that the 38-year-old husband and father found the incentive to pray for the first time in 10 years. At an early age, Daniel knew that human life ... Read More »

Overcoming evil

THE tragic events in recent weeks such as the deaths of two innocent people in the Martin Place siege have perhaps tempted us to feel that we are the helpless victims of forces of hate in a world out of control. The “evil is among us” front-page headline of a recent tabloid newspaper seems to confirm that response. On the ... Read More »

Cleaning your home is cleaning your soul

CLEANLINESS is not a quality one would find at the top of my character profile. Rather than spend five minutes hanging up or folding clothes to place back in my closet, I’m convinced gracefully draping them over my bed sheets is a better use of my time. I’ve also convinced myself that wading through my domestic jungle, comprising stacks of ... Read More »

The gifts of peace and love

By Brian Moore IN Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 6:23 he sends a beautiful greeting of peace and love to the Church in Ephesus. The problem in the world that we live in today we hear many people talk about peace and love so much that the words have lost their meaning. The peace and love that St Paul desires ... Read More »

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