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Lessons from the man at the bus stop who wanted to end his life

Mother Teresa

WAITING for the 8.18pm bus in the CBD I was reading a novel when “Jack” approached me asking how long until the next bus, “Twenty-five minutes to go,” I said. “Ah, right,” he paused, then said, “sometimes it’s so hard to keep on going I feel like ending it (mentioning a suicide method).” In that moment I had a choice – keep on reading and pretend I hadn’t heard his last comment or actively listen. I ... Read More »

In this month of Our Lady, pray the Rosary

rosary beads

THE Order of Preachers has a particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin and rejoices in her protection as patroness of the Order.  As October is a month traditionally devoted to the Holy Rosary and Our Lady, it seems an appropriate time to reflect upon her significance for us as Dominicans. It would be hard for any objective observer to doubt ... 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 »

Brisbane woman “pain-free” after 21 years of suffering

MARIE Kann was on painkillers for 21 years to quell a whiplash injury, but claims her time at a Charismatic conference two weeks ago has left her pain-free. Ms Kann, 71, suffered a whiplash injury in 1995 and had been taking daily medication to ease the pain. Six months ago the Brisbane Catholic from St Mary Magdalene Church, Bardon, also ... Read More »

Priest lists reasons to visit the Holy Land this year

Jerusalem

SPONSORED BY OUR LADY HELP OF CHRISTIANS, HENDRA WE read and hear about Jesus and the Holy Land, and imagine what Israel would look like mainly drawing from Bible stories and illustrations.  The Holy Land landscape is nothing like the Australian landscape.   Visiting the places where Jesus was born and raised, the important areas of his ministry and finally ... Read More »

The Beatitudes show the way of Christ, MGL priest Fr Ken Barker says

Fr Ken Barker

JOY and love are irresistibly attractive, says Fr Ken Barker, who is founder of the Missionaries of God’s Love and author of a new book The Way of Jesus: a reflection on the Beatitudes.  In a world desperately seeking happiness, Fr Barker’s book is a great guide to experiencing lasting joy and love.  The book, launched recently in St Thomas ... Read More »

EOFY: Ministry to mentally ill “a beacon of hope”

St Patrick's Church

BEHIND St Patrick’s Church in Fortitude Valley there is a centre that does good, indeed holy work.  It’s called the Catholic Psychiatric Pastoral Care centre and it’s one of Centacare’s pastoral ministries. The centre is a place where people who suffer from a psychiatric illness can learn new skills, grow in their faith and form true friendships.  It’s a beacon of ... Read More »

Youth Feature: National conference to draw more young to Jesus

Ignite Conference

SPONSORED BY IGNITE YOUTH for IGNITE CONFERENCE   IGNITE Conference is a national Catholic youth conference held in Brisbane.  It’s about encountering Jesus Christ and the Church, experiencing dynamic faith, being equipped for living the Christian life, and being empowered to impact the Church and the world. Every year Ignite Conference draws more than 1300 adults, students, kids, ministry leaders, ... Read More »

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