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No contradiction

I RESPOND to the letter “Big Bang bunkum” from the Catholic Leader of April 5.  The letter writer appears to believe that the Big Bang theory is incompatible with belief in a Creator God. I am sure that this would come as a surprise to Monsignor Georges Lemaitre, the Belgian Jesuit priest, physicist and astronomer who first proposed what is ... Read More »

Unlocking and opening hearts to Jesus Christ

TREASURED AND TRANSFORMED: VISION FOR THE HEART, UNDERSTANDING FOR THE MINDBy Daniel J OíLeary, Columba Press 2014 (paperback) Reviewed by Br Brian Grenier CFC  IRISH-born Father Daniel J O’Leary, a priest of the Diocese of Leeds, has exercised his priestly ministry in parishes and academia for more than fifty years. The award-winning author of thirteen books and a frequent contributor ... Read More »

Mercy is always a work in progress

By Francine and Byron Pirola WE are yet to meet a married couple who have not hurt each other deeply at some stage. Selfishness, laziness, thoughtlessness, anger, carelessness; they all have the potential to inflict deep wounds on the other, sometimes without our knowledge or intention. Unless couples learn the lessons of mercy, these common human frailties can bring a ... Read More »

Prophetic teachings for use in parishes

SCRIPTURE: GOD’S HANDBOOK FOR EVANGELISING CATHOLICS. Stephen Binz; Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, Our Sunday Visitor, Inc. Huntington, Indiana, 2013 By Barbara Flynn STEPHEN Binz, a dedicated biblical scholar with wide experience in parish work, believes Catholic Christians in recent decades “have shied away from speaking about spreading the Gospel and thus from evangelisation”. Inspired by documents from the Second ... Read More »

Pope Francis leads in evangelical imagination

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge POPE Francis has just completed two years in office and what a two years they have been. From the moment he appeared on the balcony of St Peter’s, he has shown himself to be a pope of surprises. Even to the people of his native Argentina, he’s been a surprise. An Argentinian bishop I met in ... Read More »

Service to the nation: 1915 to 2015

By Deacon Peter Devenish-Meares  I STAND here in the sacred grove adjacent to the Toowoomba Mothers’ War Memorial holding a fallen twig directly descended from a Lone Pine. Its parent pine was brought home by the 25th Infantry Battalion, 7th Brigade AIF about 98 years ago. As the cool breeze touches my face I am re-awakened to gratitude to all ... Read More »

Human sexuality

IN a recent ABC TV interview federal Labor leader Bill Shorten boasted of having “stood up to the Australian Christian Lobby over ‘same-sex marriage’”. Unfortunately, it seems many modern-day so-called Catholics see themselves as free to agree with him. Likewise, and while we should all reject bullying, our society’s laws and actions no longer extend proper protection to the vulnerable ... Read More »

Lessons from Vietnam

Teaching English to poor villagers in North Vietnam grew into a lesson in the Catholic faith for visitors Monica Keating, of St Agatha’s Parish, and Patricia Forde, of Wellington, New Zealand. This is the pair’s experience of the deep faith of Vietnamese in Tay Yen village, the parish of Catholic priest Fr Joseph Du. THE first morning was cold. We ... Read More »

The challenges of life

By Carrie McCormack ONE morning, my husband Luke and I woke up, still tired after a busy week at work. We were fumbling around the kitchen trying to make coffee. We looked hazily at each other amidst the words the kids were trying to say to us as they danced dizzily around the room. My husband and I were overwhelmed ... Read More »

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