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Fr John O’Doherty’s sailed the journey of life with faith, hope

BRISBANE-born missionary priest Fr John O’Doherty has a life-defining connection with the sea. Celebrating 50 years as an Oblate priest, 83-year-old Fr O’Doherty remembered how, while still at school, he was introduced to the world of sailing by one of his schoolmates. Later it opened up the more challenging life of ocean racing. This was part of life giving lessons ... Read More »

Triple suicide on Gold Coast prompts euthanasia concerns

euthanasia crisis

IT happened in our midst – an apparent planned and researched triple suicide on the Gold Coast. With the push to legalise euthanasia gaining momentum in states across Australia, it’s a chilling end-of-life strategy, with grave implications according to Catholic ethicists. “To choose to limit one’s life – to choose to miss out on life with its blend of joys ... Read More »

How the confessional brought this London gangster back from the dead

FORMER London gangster John Pridmore had a reputation as a violent enforcer. One night, while working as a bouncer at a West End nightclub owned by the mob, he savagely beat a man.  He did it to impress one of his gangland bosses. Wearing knuckledusters, John landed one last powerful punch and watched the man fall straight backwards and smash ... Read More »

Pope gives step-by-step primer on contemplative prayer with Gospel

Pope Francis

TURN off the television, tune out the neighbours, and spend 10 or 15 minutes reading a Gospel passage and speaking to Jesus, Pope Francis told people at his early-morning Mass. “Today find 10 minutes – 15 at the most – and read the Gospel, imagine the scene and say something to Jesus. Nothing more. Your knowledge of Jesus will increase ... Read More »

Obedience to God’s will brings wisdom, joy and hope, Pope tells religious

Religious at Vatican

TOTAL obedience to God’s will brings wisdom, joy and hope, Pope Francis has told religious men and women. “Yes, the happiness of a religious is a consequence of this path of lowering oneself with Jesus and, when we are sad, when we complain, it will do us well to ask ourselves how we are living this dimension of ‘kenosis'” or ... Read More »

A moment full of hope

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the ANZAC Day Mass in St Stephenís Cathedral. ON this enormous island, with its endless coasts and waters, and in this most urbanised of all cultures, the beach occupies a very important place in the Australian psyche, not just physically but also symbolically. We can even speak in Australia of there being ... Read More »

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