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Margaret’s miracle

By Emilie Ng WHEN Margaret Keast was given three to six months to live, she didn’t bat an eyelid. The 68-year-old had already endured a 15-year battle with breast cancer, and news that it had worsened, turning into secondary cancer in her stomach and bones, had “no effect”. The Beenleigh parishioner decided she “had no problem with death” because of ... Read More »

Mike’s faith overcomes challenges

By Paul Dobbyn INTERNATIONAL Disability Day on December 3 is a date of great potential in the eyes of West End’s Mike Duggan. Because the 67-year-old born with cerebral palsy, and passionate advocate for the rights of people with a disability, knows “the majority of the world still don’t get it and that so much more needs to be done”. ... 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 »

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 »

Dedicated to others

By Paul Dobbyn ONE of the first phone calls Susan Rix received when she arrived as a new parishioner in Hendra last year carried a familiar request. “It was from Father, now Rockhampton’s bishop, Michael McCarthy asking me to join the parish’s finance council,” the accountant and partner in BDO Australia’s Brisbane office said. She was already on various finance ... 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 »

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 »

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