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75 unborn babies “spiritually adopted” in Toowomba

Fr Roque Maguinsay and Nancy Webb

“I LOVE you.”   Doesn’t everyone long to hear these words? To be told they are loved unconditionally? My own experience of love and the desire for everyone to experience this love is what inspired me to spread the culture of life with the 2016 spiritual adoption program in Sacred Heart parish, Toowoomba. Spiritual adoption involves praying for an individual ... Read More »

How to find the right school for your kids

School Sports

QUESTION: How do I choose the right school for my child?   Answer: Finding the right school for your child is a tough challenge and requires some careful consideration. Here are six issues that must be considered and prioritised in order to inform your decision about which school will be most suitable for you and your children.   Budget: Schools ... Read More »

How to talk about sex with your kids

Talking sex

“MUM, Dad, where do babies come from?”  “Mum, Dad, what does sex mean?” The questions most parents are afraid to hear. But they will inevitably come in some shape or form.  Here are five top tips on how to talk to your kids about this amazing and important topic. 1. Sex education begins at birth   Look for opportunities to ... Read More »

What is love?

Couple praying

WHEN my husband and I first started dating, we sat down and had a hard conversation, setting ground rules and getting on the same page for our expectations of the relationship. As much as the conversation made me sweat, it was one of the best things we ever did because it helped to set a foundation to build upon. The ... Read More »

Euthanasia “will never be a free choice”: HOPE founder Paul Russell

Improve palliative care

ON March 31, Australia’s Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley confirmed she did not support euthanasia. Ms Ley was speaking at an event in Brisbane organised by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. A short report on News.com.au said: “I am the Health Minister and I do not support euthanasia,” Ms Ley told a CEDA event. “I, however, recognise that we should ... Read More »

My journey on a convent crawl

Convent crawl

THE first question I ever asked a religious sister was, “What kind of face-wash do you use?”  I was 14, and flabbergasted that anyone could look so luminous without make-up.  The sister in question laughingly responded that a bar of soap was the sole product of her skin-care regime.  Every nun I’ve met has looked at least 10 years younger ... Read More »

Immigration Department’s $6 million asylum seeker movie is at odds with Pope Francis’ Good Friday act

Asylum seekers

POPE Francis humbly washed the feet of people seeking asylum during Holy Week while a taxpayer-funded film, commissioned by the Federal Government to deter asylum seeking, made a Good Friday debut on Afghanistan’s television screens. The 90-minute $5.97 million film project, titled Journey, dramatises the passage of people from Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan as they endeavour to seek asylum in Australia via Indonesia by boat. ... Read More »

A teen’s guide to reaching Heaven

Anne-Marie Williams

OUR souls are skyward bound; we are all called to be saints, each and every one of us. Answering that call however, can be more than slightly challenging, especially for us teenagers in today’s secular society. Often I will find myself in complete and utter awe of the saints that have gone before us – to the point where I ... Read More »

Why I gave up Facebook for Lent

Starry Night Wallpaper

HOW often do we encounter things that deeply move us? It seems like those moments only come once in a while. And for the rest of the time we just sit around idly, fidgeting while we wait for the next big thing to come around and take a hold of us. I find that, while waiting, I get lost too ... Read More »

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