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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 »

Remembering Eva

Eva Pangestuís life was remembered at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Sunnybank, on December 4. Her sister Stefanilia Pangestu and husband Ben Baker read the eulogy. EVA Pangestu was born in Madiun, Indonesia, 30 years ago. In our family, we four sisters shared a close bond with Eva, the eldest sibling. Since she was young, Eva was always very ... Read More »

Spare the left-overs

By Byron and Francine Pirola IT’S that time of year again – the season of joy and gluttony. By the time Christmas Day is over, our refrigerator will be filled with yummy, delectable left-overs. Unfortunately, not all left-overs are so delicious. Too often in a marriage, instead of our best selves, we serve up the less than appetising left-overs. We ... Read More »

Love greater than hatred

This is the homily of Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher at the Mass for Victims of Siege at Martin Place in St Maryís Cathedral on December 16. WE are not used to hearing words like siege, terrorist, hostages and security forces associated with our city. Yet for the past day and night we were subjected to pictures and sounds we tend ... Read More »

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