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Sr Hilda Scott: Yes, you are reason for the season

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CHRISTMAS is with us again and while a time of undeniable joy, for many that is not the case. As you approach this time how does life look for you? Will this season go by without hearing from someone you most want to hear from? Has the year been such that you will ache for the presence of someone who ... Read More »

Resident artists at St Vincent’s Care Services Mitchelton help spread the Christmas joy

Mitchelton nursing home artists

ST Vincent’s Care Services has discovered three very gifted artists in one of their residential living communities in Mitchelton, Brisbane. The aged care and retirement services organisation reached out to their residents to create a Christmas themed artwork to feature on the front of their annual Christmas card. Finding it hard to choose just one, three talented residents of St ... Read More »

Singing from the heart: Music is Julie McCoy’s prayer of pure joy

Julie McCoy

JULIE McCoy is the kind of Christian Pope Francis would be cheering for. In his document, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), he said Christians must be people of joy and not “look like someone who has just come back from a funeral” if they’re ever going to draw others to the Gospel. Julie is definitely one of the ... Read More »

How I’m trying to find peace with depression

DEPRESSION is like the weather; sometimes you wake up to a beautifully clear day with complete clarity, small clouds drift in and out of sight intermittently slight doubts that soon turn into a seemingly permanent blanket shrouding your thoughts. Finally they culminate in utterly frightful downpours, where all the wonder in the world turns to grey. Depression is far from ... Read More »

Striving for peace and joy in the family

Families

  THE Catholic faith, with its richness of tradition and understanding of the scriptures, is a great resource to pass on to our children. I’ve come to realise the best opportunity to pass on the faith to our children is seizing small teachable moments in our everyday life. I had such an opportunity when my five-year-old was wreaking havoc on ... 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 »

Count down to Christmas by counting your blessings, Pope says

Pope Francis greets children

NO saint was ever known for having a “funeral face”, Pope Francis said; the joy of knowing one is loved by God and saved by Christ must be seen at least in a sense of peace, if not a smile. Celebrating the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, on December 14, Pope Francis paid an evening visit to Rome’s St ... Read More »

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