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Japanese samurai who ‘remained rock solid for Christ’ beatified

Blessed

Takayama Ukon was be beatified on February 7. Marist Father Paul Glynn shares some history from his amazing life. ST Francis Xavier strode manfully from a small boat into feudal Japan on the feast of Mary’s Assumption, August 15, 1549, the day he had taken his vows as a Jesuit. There was no semblance of a dictionary that translated Japanese ... Read More »

Married couple pioneering new forms of ministry for milleniums

“SOMETHING happened” to Karen Doyle when reading the then Pope John Paul II’s Letter to Women. As a newlywed in 2001, the mid-90s document “grabbed a hold of” her soul and “shaped and directed” life’s purpose. Today, Karen and husband of 16 years, Jonathan, spearhead CHOICEZ MEDIA, a thriving and progressive online and consultative ministry to individuals and groups in ... Read More »

The only eternal thing you can give is love

Aunty Clare Burns

“O COME let us adore him.” This is what we sing at Christmas and in our hearts throughout the year as we adore the one who: “came not to be served but to serve”. (Mark 10:45) As an aunty of nine nephews and nieces spending time with them in the Christmas season helped me receive the joy of the Christ ... Read More »

Our pilgrimage of faith has been marked out by God

Laying of hands

THE evangelical counsels – the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience – have been the subject of a weekly class throughout our time here in Hong Kong and they will continue right up until the conclusion of our novitiate. It is obviously essential that we have a clear understanding of what these vows entail as – should we persevere and ... Read More »

Reading Amoris Laetitia through the mouth of Christ: A former Protestant minister’s response

POPE Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia continues to be the subject of considerable controversy, both locally and globally. There appears to be fear among some that the “infamous”chapter 8 is an attempt, among other things, to weaken the indissolubility of marriage. It would seem for some that the whole text boils down to two positions – either that mercy is shown to the ... Read More »

ACU shines a light on the difficult issues in new lecture series

Exploring contemporary social, political, cultural and religious issues, and their impact on how we understand our world, is the goal of the Australian Catholic University (ACU) Luminaries Series of public lectures, seminars, workshops, short courses, and research colloquia. Executive Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy Professor Dermot Nestor said the series, launched in September this year, demonstrates ACU’s ... Read More »

Australia’s Chaldean Archbishop answers how Christians can still love in the face of evil and terrorism

Chaldeans

Archbishop Amel Nona was Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul in Iraq for more than four years before he and thousands of other Christians were forced by Islamic State militants to flee in mid-2014. He writes now as Archbishop of the St Thomas Chaldean diocese of Australia and New Zealand. VIOLENCE, terrorist attacks and killing of innocent people, are daily seen and ... Read More »

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 »

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