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Perfect way to be ‘immersed’ in God’s Word

GOD’S WORD 2015 – DAILY REFLECTIONSAlberione Good News Centre, Bangalore, India. Distributed by St Paulís Publications, Australia. 2014.  Reviewed by Barbara Flynn ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge of Brisbane has challenged the Catholic people to become a more biblical Church, “a people immersed in the Word of God”. One way to facilitate immersion in the Word of God is daily reading of ... Read More »

Life built on love

WHEN Ray and Clare Garrigan met in 1952, they recognised something special in each other. Despite the difficulties of Clare living in Clifton and Ray in Brisbane they managed to nurture that attraction and on New Year’s Eve 1953 they announced their engagement to marry. They married on Saturday, November 13, 1954 at St James and St John’s Catholic Church, ... Read More »

Leaving room for God

By Adam Burns THE end of one year and the transition into the next is always an exciting time. Fireworks displays and New Year Parties celebrate new and fresh beginnings. It struck me this year that the part of the New Year’s celebrations I enjoy the most is the montages – the review of the previous year through images and ... Read More »

Keeping it real in 2015

By Clare Burns CHRISTMAS 2014 was an unexpected joy – I found myself celebrating it with a lady I had been journeying with since September. This lady has a number of physical and mental illnesses. At times the journey has been a challenge, so I was delightfully surprised to experience a drama-free, peaceful Christmas. Scratch beneath the surface and most ... Read More »

Full of admiration

THE December 21 edition of The Catholic Leader provided exceptional relevant variety of subjects for the readership. None were more interesting than Peter Bugden’s sententious review of the career of a proud Catholic, John Sattler. Quite apart from my interest and support of rugby league, my regard for John was inflated when I witnessed his selfless time and talent sharing ... Read More »

Strategies for facing parish challenges

REBUILT: THE STORY OF A CATHOLIC PARISH. AWAKENING THE FAITHFUL. REACHING THE LOST. MAKING CHURCH MATTERMichael White and Tom Corcoran; Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, Indiana; 2013.  Reviewed by Barbara Flynn CARDINAL Timothy Dolan in writing the foreword to this inspiring book asserts that it is one of the most important books written for parish ministry in the present generation. ... Read More »

Praying in unity

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridgeís homily delivered on the Feast of the Holy Family on December 28 at St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane. ONCE upon a time, certainly before the rise of the nation state, the family was absolutely fundamental to human life in just about any of its forms. The family was crucial for social welfare because there was ... Read More »

Against all odds

By Oliver Maksan of ACN THE nuns and their helpers work tirelessly, opening cardboard boxes that are stacked, head high, all around them. They take out items of clothing, the plastic packaging rustling loudly. Piles of clothing lie around them on the floor. Together with the other sisters and volunteers, Sr Angela, of the Chaldean order of the Daughters of ... Read More »

Overcoming evil

THE tragic events in recent weeks such as the deaths of two innocent people in the Martin Place siege have perhaps tempted us to feel that we are the helpless victims of forces of hate in a world out of control. The “evil is among us” front-page headline of a recent tabloid newspaper seems to confirm that response. On the ... Read More »

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