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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 »

God’s ‘conduit’ Sr Hilda Scott: ‘I can’t do anything without Him’

Sr Hilda Scott

HER attire was customary but her surrounds were quite changed as was the company kept.  Instead of her regular monastic lifestyle, Benedictine Sister Hilda Scott was permitted to attend the September 22-25 Ignite Conference among 1600 participants in beachside Redcliffe, north of Brisbane, a far cry from her home at Jamberoo Abbey on the south coast of New South Wales.  ... Read More »

How to cope with narcissism in the workplace without losing your cool

Narcissism in the workplace

GRANDIOSITY, a lack of empathy and desire for admiration – most of us have endured an experience of people with narcissistic traits.  All of us are somewhere on the narcissism spectrum – in the healthy zone, others advanced, and some in the extreme psychopathy territory.  Narcissism is linked with pride which Augustine tells us: “turns angels into devils”. I am ... Read More »

What the Church can learn from Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

MUSIC legend Bruce Springsteen will tour Australia early next year, playing to packed houses. At the same time, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will be preparing for what it’s calling the “Catholic Church Final Hearing”. It’s expected to last for four weeks, enabling the Commission to ask questions about “a number of factors … including ... Read More »

Tony Abbott, Archbishop Coleridge, Orange Sky team encourage faithful to bring religion into culture at university conference

Spirit in the City

CATHOLICS, unlike the Amish, should not neglect culture because of their religion, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said at a chaplaincy-run conference last week. The Archbishop made his comments as the keynote speaker for the second Spirit in the City Conference, an annual event held run by the Queensland University of Technology  chaplaincy. “Catholics are not Amish, we don’t turn our ... Read More »

Blessing creatures great and small

animals

NEITHER Noah, nor his ark, was present on an overcast September 21, yet animals gathered two-by-two at Banyo’s Australian Catholic University campus for a blessing.  The annual event led, by Franciscan Father Harry Chan, acted as an early celebration of the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, which falls on October 4.  St Francis is recognised as the patron saint ... Read More »

Don’t major in minor things: A businessman’s key to success

businessman

AT the age of 30, I applied for a marketing position.  Nothing strange about that, except the newspaper advertisement stated that unless you were over 40 you would not have the maturity for the job and that therefore anyone under 40 need not bother to apply.  As on many other occasions in my life, my wife Pattie encouraged me to ... Read More »

Living with a touch of Viva La Vida

residential care

SPONSORED BY SOUTHERN CROSS CARE WORK continues to rapidly progress on the exciting new community that is “ParqueVista on Seville”.  ParqueVista continues to progress high above the treetops at Holland Park and will offer Viva La Vida. This exciting new development now under construction is on track for completion by May 2017.   Five levels of brilliant apartment living are ... Read More »

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