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Musings on a life led by faith

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By Professor Greg Craven I WAS recently asked to talk about my life in a faith context for the Catholic Man Breakfast Series. In Australia, because we’re such a young country we’ve never been terribly good at thinking around beginnings. To reflect on my family today, I really need to go back much further than my own childhood. The Cravens ... Read More »

Brace for more chaos

FR John Flynn’s story, Euthanasia extends its scope,  (CL October 12) reminded me of a blatantly pro suicide-euthanasia story on the ABC’s Drum website. I then angrily wrote this letter but for some reason, maybe dissipated anger, didn’t send it on. Sadly for us all there is more than just the bending of some rules on euthanasia as Fr Flynn reports. ... Read More »

New health chief finds her calling after near-death hospital experience

By Paul Dobbyn ARRIVING at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital 11 years ago, first time mum-to-be Suzanne Greenwood thought she was about to have a routine delivery. It proved to be anything but. What happened next, as Catholic Health Australia’s new chief executive officer recently said would change her life forever. “I didn’t know it till later, but both my life and ... Read More »

Congolese horrors inspire Simon’s Brisbane mission

By Paul Dobbyn SIMON Chibaloza has survived working in one of the most dangerous occupations on Earth – a human rights activist in the Congo. Not only has the Banyo-Nundah parishioner survived, but he’s thriving in a range of roles from being an ambassador with Catholic Mission to working as a community liaison officer with Education Queensland. Mr Chibaloza continues to ... Read More »

Learning to see God clearly

By Sr Elvera Sesta  OUR bodies are remarkable machines. It is only when something goes wrong that we realise what a wonderful job that they have been doing. Our body is a mass of nerves and each nerve has its own particular area to govern, whether it is the movement in the smallest section of our little finger or the large ... Read More »

Hail Mary will be the perfect end

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By Peter Bugden THE memory of more than 230 young men kneeling in the courtyard at the front of St Joseph’s Nudgee College and praying the Hail Mary before they are farewelled is one that principal Daryl Hanly will long cherish as he heads into retirement. It is a sight that will symbolise what has given him the greatest thrill ... Read More »

Everyone loves a wedding

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By Kiri Groeneveld YOU are, I am sure, familiar with 1Corinthians:13. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, and so on. With good reason, it is a popular wedding verse – one of the passages in the Bible that resonates with those entering into the sacrament of marriage. While ... Read More »

Inventing love for the human heart

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By Emilie Ng PROGRAMMING robots to walk and designing smart phone games, used to be some of Sr Maria Goretti Tran’s top inventions. “I really loved inventing things,” Sr Maria Goretti, who holds a computer science degree, said. “In the subject at school, I made a small helicopter, and made the remote control to make it fly, fly, fly.  I made ... Read More »

Celibacy is ‘supernatural’

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By Peter Holmes I HAVE grown a little tired of hearing child abuse blamed on “repressed sexuality” of celibate men. There is no doubt that the Catholic Church must face up to the fact that some heinous and criminal abuse was allowed to continue unchecked due to neglect, secrecy and even culpable incompetence. I shall leave debate about the fact ... Read More »

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