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The existence of angels is a truth of our faith

  FOR those of you who have visited Salisbury Cathedral, I need not relate the fact that the thirteenth-century spire of the building towers over the surrounding countryside. It is readily visible from the local train station, making it a helpful guiding landmark for any visitor who – like myself – is unable to catch the bus due to budgetary ... Read More »

Jesus Christ is still the answer

Christ and the Rich Young Ruler

I REMEMBER the Prague metro as being a rather impressive series of tunnels and spectacularly steep escalators. The descent is so precipitous that, upon first experiencing the swift and seemingly vertiginous journey into the earth, I could not help but think that I was entering into the opening chapters of a Jules Verne novel. The graffiti on the metro walls ... Read More »

Mary is the Lady who guides us on our way of faith

Marriage at Cana

‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me?’ (John 2:4) I KNOW many people who visibly wince whenever the ‘Wedding at Cana’ is the Gospel of the day. It is certainly jarring to hear those words spoken by Our Lord to Our Lady – it seems rather rude at first. I know of a priest in South Australia ... Read More »

Living signs, hopefully, of the love of God that sustains all

Timone Pumba and Simba

I THOUGHT it was just me. However, upon discussing it with my fellow friars over lunch – and even other students from different religious orders at the theological college – it turns out we have all had the same experience. Upon meeting for the first time, wherever the location and whatever the occasion, my conversation with a fellow Catholic will ... Read More »

Jesus Christ is the reason to bother

bicycle in the rain

Cycling into the theological college every day brings with it many unexpected benefits. It is a 22km round-trip and this affords me the opportunity to have many an interesting interaction with my fellow road-users; sometimes we even exchange words as well as hand-gestures. A few months ago, I was rather taken aback by a question posed to me by the ... Read More »

Searching the road to ultimate truth

Great Ocean Road

“WHO said poverty couldn’t be tasty?” These were the profound words of one of my fellow student friars as he sank his teeth into an expertly assembled ham-and-cheese sandwich, while resting in the shade of a gum tree on a knoll overlooking Apollo Bay. Our common student holiday this year entailed a prolonged, scenic drive along the Great Ocean Road ... Read More »

Why do we venerate the saints?

Fra Angelico painting The Domincan Blessed

WHEN attending Mass in Brisbane a few months ago I had my first experience of déjà vu. Every time I left the church, a local parishioner would grab my arm, fix me with an enquiring look and ask with great earnestness: “What order are you from?” After a few days of repeating the words “Dominicans” or “Order of Preachers” I ... Read More »

How we think about young Catholics is mostly wrong

World Youth Day Rio

I HAVE been asked to write a column about being a “young person of faith”. I have found it an odd request. Not least because we never seem hear the corresponding alternative – “old person of faith”, or even “middle-aged person of faith”. Perhaps they sound less flattering. I suspect people enjoy adding the age-specific adjective to highlight what they ... Read More »

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