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John three sixteen: God’s fantastic Christmas present

Annunciation by Titian

THE brilliant Marist Brother who taught me Latin while I was in the seminary celebrated his 80th birthday a few years ago. At the party held in his honour there were people from all walks of life – men and women whom Br Roger had met and ministered to over the many years of his religious life, as well as ... Read More »

Music, Mary and Metallica: Emma Fradd’s stairway to heaven

THERE were two things that changed Emma Fradd’s life. The first was the Gibson Flying V guitar James Hetfield of the heavy metal band Metallica strummed in the ’90s. Or more specifically, it was seeing her older brother hold a replica of the Mighty Het’s prized possession as a teenager.  “Little skinny white boy with a big axe guitar,” she ... Read More »

Fair as the moon: Four tips for shooting the supermoon tonight

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  WHERE will you be when the moon edges its closest to the Earth in 70 years? For the first time since 1948, the moon will be the closest to the Earth, at 15 per cent larger than its normal size. And it’s happening tonight. The astromonical phenomenon better known as the supermoon will occur, according to NASA, because the moon ... Read More »

In this month of Our Lady, pray the Rosary

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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 »

Brisbane Catholics have been hosting a birthday party for Our Lady for 27 years

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JESUS’ mother has never missed a birthday party at Queensland’s own Marian shrine for the past 27 years, and 2016 was no exception. Traditionally celebrated in the Church on September 8, more than 800 Catholics flocked to the popular Marian Valley shrine for the Nativity of Mary on September 3. Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green travelled from his home diocese in Wilcannia-Forbes, ... Read More »

Pray for peace, sow harmony, look to Mary as model disciple, Pope says

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PEACE is a gift that comes through prayer and through small daily efforts to sow harmony in one’s family, parish and community, Pope Francis said. “At the beginning of this new year, we are all called to reignite in our hearts a spark of hope, which must be translated into concrete works of peace: You don’t get along with that ... Read More »

Spend time in silence and service before Christmas, Pope suggests

Pope Francis

IN the heart of Rome’s high-end shopping district, sparkling with Christmas lights and shiny baubles in the windows of famous designers, Pope Francis prayed that people would spend time in silence and in service as they prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Celebrating the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, Pope Francis prayed for Mary’s intercession so that, “in ... Read More »

Pope says Mary is always ready to help

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STANDING before a replica of the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes from France, Pope Francis told Vatican employees and other guests that Mary is a mother who never makes her children wait for a response to their prayers.  “She is the virgin of readiness, Our Lady of Haste,” the Pope said on May 31 at the end of a ... Read More »

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