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Heavenly mothers have a hand in young couple’s marriage

Mierendorfs

NATTASHA Mierendorf’s decision to marry was spurred by someone who’d never married and she’d never met. Her relationship with Stephen, who arrived in Brisbane to serve with National Evangelisation Teams (NET) in 2011, was somewhat unexpected. “I was really closed off to dating anyone,” Nattasha, known best as Tash, said. “I loved the idea of being single and being able ... Read More »

Mercy in the middle-class

helping-hand

WITNESSING ordinary, middle-class people living extraordinary lives through their corporal works of mercy inspires me. In the busyness of meeting mortgage repayments, taking care of family, work commitments, shopping, exercise – it would be easy to see corporal works of mercy as something not fitting with an ordinary 2016 Australian lifestyle. The reason I write about middle-class is because it ... Read More »

ACU: Distance education with a difference

theology-courses

When Dr Nicole Archard decided to study for her masters she had temporarily moved out of the Catholic school system. “I was missing the connection I’d felt within that community and was looking for a way to re-establish it – and to gain a deeper philosophical understanding of the world,” she said. Dr Archard, now the Principal of Loreto College ... Read More »

When the Doors close – What will you do when the Year of Mercy finishes?

holy door closing

FROM November 20, the Holy Door will close and the extraordinary Year of Mercy will end. I’ll be honest, I have been extremely slack in terms of taking full advantage of this wonderful year.  However, I have finally picked up Pope Francis’ Misericordiae Vultus, the Bull of Indiction of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.  It was a good way to ... Read More »

Three generations happy to be serving the Lord

The Wilmers

WHEN Michele Wilmer surveyed the jubilant 1600-strong crowd at an evening rally of Emmanuel Community’s Ignite Conference in late September she was overcome with pride.  Her son Alex and his son Lucas, guitarists in the emmanuelworship band, were leading conference participants in a dynamic, well-known and well-loved style of prayer and worship.  “(I felt) oh wow, they’re so good; when ... Read More »

Christ has broken the bonds of death

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THAT paraphrased quotation from 2 Maccabees 12:46 seems a particularly apt focus this November – the month traditionally ascribed by the Church for particular suffrages for the dead. As it happens, the Dominican order places tremendous importance on praying for the dead, particularly deceased members of the order and its benefactors. We are constitutionally required to recite Psalm 129 – ... Read More »

Are you an ethical shopper? Here’s a Melbourne Catholic business that sells only Fair Trade, organic cotton t-shirts

POPE Francis inspired a business model that’s helping save the environment, support fairer workplaces and promote faith-filled messages.  Servi Store co-founder Ajesh Abraham read the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si’ (“Praise be to you”) and took seriously the call to greater care of the environment and its people. “As we were reaching the final stages of the creation of Servi Store ... Read More »

The amazing things that happen when you get out of your comfort zone

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COMFORT zones and I get along very well, so well in fact that they were once all I knew and anything outside of that was a massive no.  I liked the familiar, the predictable and the expected.   I learnt my limits, I knew how outgoing I could be without feeling self-conscious and I learnt how to take calculated risks.  ... Read More »

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