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Learning to lament this Lenten season

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This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Lenten message ON Ash Wednesday we heard the prophet’s words: “Come back to me with all your heart, fasting, weeping, mourning” (Joel 2:12) – words which echo one of the key themes of Scripture, the theme of lament. Ancient Israel had to make sense of the blood, sweat and tears that so often marked ... Read More »

Japanese samurai who ‘remained rock solid for Christ’ beatified

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Takayama Ukon was be beatified on February 7. Marist Father Paul Glynn shares some history from his amazing life. ST Francis Xavier strode manfully from a small boat into feudal Japan on the feast of Mary’s Assumption, August 15, 1549, the day he had taken his vows as a Jesuit. There was no semblance of a dictionary that translated Japanese ... Read More »

The only eternal thing you can give is love

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“O COME let us adore him.” This is what we sing at Christmas and in our hearts throughout the year as we adore the one who: “came not to be served but to serve”. (Mark 10:45) As an aunty of nine nephews and nieces spending time with them in the Christmas season helped me receive the joy of the Christ ... Read More »

Jubilee reflection: Queensland Catholic schools opened doors in the Year of Mercy

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QUEENSLAND’S 300 Catholic school communities have taken up the challenge to find new ways of opening doors for students, parents, staff and the broader community throughout the Year of Mercy. Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Lee-Anne Perry said the jubilee year had been an opportunity for schools to reflect on the many aspects of mercy. “Throughout the year students ... Read More »

Finding silence in the secular setting

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SATURDAY-morning breakfast writing club was the closest encounter I have had to a “religious experience” at university.  What made this so special was not what people said, rather, what they did not say – four hours spent with people respecting each others’ silence.  The purpose of the silence was for each individual to contribute, albeit in a small, possibly miniscule ... Read More »

Memories of a beloved teacher

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OUR memories are selective. We know so very little about how the computer that is our brain functions.  Why does one memory get stored and not others?  Why does it surface just at specific moments of our lives from somewhere deep inside? My school days were happy days. I remember Year 3 in particular.  Our teacher was Miss Arthur.  In ... Read More »

Timor Leste veteran returns to confront his past

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VETERAN Nick Hodge admitted feeling trepidation as he prepared to return to Timor Leste. “(It’s) going back to places that weren’t that nice. I’ve been up and down, gone off the rails, but it’s something I want to do,” he said. Mr Hodge, a veteran of multiple deployments with both the army and the Australian Federal Police, is one of ... Read More »

Sisters of Mercy make mobile app for Jubilee year

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JUST three months ago the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy launched their Mercy-ing app, supporting action and contemplation in daily life, and it has had more than 2000 downloads. An institute spokesman said the path of Mercy invited people to attain balance of their lives through prayer and the app was assisting people towards this goal in Australia, New ... Read More »

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