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Divine Mercy Sunday: A love story in Rome

Divine Mercy Sunday in Rome

Brisbane Catholic woman and teacher Ora Duffley shares what it’s like to be in St Peter’s Square with thousands of pilgrims from around the world for the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass with Pope Francis. The Mass was celebrated in Rome overnight.    A GLORIOUS morning dawned in Vatican City on April 8, the kind when one could not be anything ... Read More »

Local club that walks the highest peaks in Queensland turns 60

Catholic bushwalking club members Mervyn Galvin and Michele Endicott

SIXTY years ago on the slopes of Mt Tibrogargan, north of Brisbane, Fr William “Willie” Hayes gathered a group of enthusiastic trekkers and led them down the wild bush trails, on an adventure which would birth a club. Among them was a young man named Mervyn Galvin. Mr Galvin fondly recalled those first summer trips with the newly emerging Brisbane ... Read More »

Have you considered ‘digital fasting’ for Lent?

Digital fasting

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has encouraged Catholics to consider “digital fasting” this Lent. He made the suggestion during his Ash Wednesday homily on February 14 at the Cathedral of St Stephen, Brisbane. The Archbishop added digital fasting to the more traditional call to fast from food and other activities and habits as a mark of self-denial as Catholics contemplate Christ’s ... 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

Aunty Clare Burns

“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 »

Finding silence in the secular setting

Silence in the secular

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

Timor Leste troops

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 »

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