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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

rosary

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

pathway

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 »

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 »

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