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Where would we be?

WHAT a blessing and timely gift from God, was the emerging of Francis, as our pope and motivator. His communication to the Prime Minister, in advance of the G20 summit, may just motivate members of our Australian Church leadership group, to engage more robustly in the areas of national administration that impact upon the ideals promoted with limited success from ... Read More »

Allocated pension issues and solutions

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By Zilla Lyons   THE Transition to Retirement strategy using an allocated pension can be set up by a worker who is at least 55 years old. At this stage of life some workers are already salary sacrificing heavily, perhaps even optimising their concessional contribution limit – the amount of contributions to super where someone gains a tax concession, so ... Read More »

Building a relationship with God

By Peter Bugden BEING given a pushbike so he could “go to Mass every morning and serve for the priests” was the start of a ride into religious life that has lasted 64 years for Marist Brother John Venard (Smith). Br Venard, long-time columnist for The Catholic Leader and author of seven books of his own spiritual insights, set off ... Read More »

‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’

By Terry Lees “IT’S beginning to look a lot like Christmas”. These are words of a Christmas song that we might echo now, for, with just a few weeks to go, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. How are we to prepare for Christmas? That’s what the Advent season is – the four weeks that prepare us ... Read More »

Urging care for animals

TO the cutouts covering my fridge I recently added another; it was the one from The Catholic Leader of November 16 – the story, complete with photo, of Lottie the kitty-cat who was waiting for some warm-hearted person-family to collect her from the Warra Rehoming Centre. While moving magnets around to make room I suddenly realised that I was placing ... Read More »

Saint Chavara, pray for us

By Fr Josekutty Vadakkel CMI ON November 23, as the universal Church celebrated the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, a very significant event took place in the life and history of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate congregation, the Church in Kerala and the Church in India. Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara was canonised along with Blessed ... Read More »

Sympathy for the poor

By Peter Holmes ONE of the key stories on which Australians base our national identity is that of the convict who was desperately poor, stole a loaf of bread and ended up slaving his life away in a new British colony on the other side of the world. None of us condone stealing bread, but we feel compassion for the ... Read More »

A journey of life with love and compassion

By Nicole Clements This is what God asks of you: To act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8) AS a journalist working for more than 20 years for broadcasters and news agencies around the world, like the ABC, SBS and Associated Press Television, I now have the privilege to work as the media advisor ... Read More »

Is chivalry dying?

By Clare Burns FOLLOWING writing about St John Paul II’s new f-word (feminism) in the October 5 edition of The Catholic Leader, one of my male friends asked me to write about the c-word. He was referring to chivalry. I tried to coerce him into writing this, but he insisted. While my knowledge of chivalry is limited I’m certain Julien ... Read More »

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