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‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’

By Terry Lees “IT’S beginning to look a lot like Christmas”. These are words of a Christmas song that we might echo now, for, with just a few weeks to go, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. How are we to prepare for Christmas? That’s what the Advent season is – the four weeks that prepare us ... Read More »

Saint Chavara, pray for us

By Fr Josekutty Vadakkel CMI ON November 23, as the universal Church celebrated the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, a very significant event took place in the life and history of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate congregation, the Church in Kerala and the Church in India. Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara was canonised along with Blessed ... Read More »

Sympathy for the poor

By Peter Holmes ONE of the key stories on which Australians base our national identity is that of the convict who was desperately poor, stole a loaf of bread and ended up slaving his life away in a new British colony on the other side of the world. None of us condone stealing bread, but we feel compassion for the ... Read More »

Is chivalry dying?

By Clare Burns FOLLOWING writing about St John Paul II’s new f-word (feminism) in the October 5 edition of The Catholic Leader, one of my male friends asked me to write about the c-word. He was referring to chivalry. I tried to coerce him into writing this, but he insisted. While my knowledge of chivalry is limited I’m certain Julien ... Read More »

Desiring a deeper love of Christ and neighbour

My Dear Young Friends. St John Paul Speaks to Teens on Life, Love and Courage. John Vitek, Editor. St Maryís Press, Christian Brothers Publications. 2014. Reviewed by Barbara Flynn THIS small book offers 52 messages delivered in different times and circumstances by St John Paul II during his pontificate to youth at both pre-World Youth Day gatherings and Youth Day ... Read More »

Reflecting on the season of Advent

By Brian Moore THE Church has set aside this four-week period of Advent as a time of spiritual preparation for Christ’s coming. It is a time of quiet anticipation. If Christ is going to come again into our hearts, there must be repentance. Without repentance, our hearts will be so full of worldly things that there will be “no room ... Read More »

Marriage has a distinct meaning

wedding rings

ONE of the bizarre things about the same-sex marriage debate in Australia is we haven’t really had a debate. For the most part, we hear from the advocates for changing the definition of marriage, and we’re told anyone against such an idea must be a bigot or a hater. Let’s face it. No one enjoys telling their fellow Australians their ... Read More »

Full of wisdom and wonder

CRY OF WONDERBy Gerard W Hughes SJ, Bloomsbury; $22.95Reviewed by Br Brian Grenier CFC THE two unrelated Glaswegian Jesuits, Gerard W Hughes (an acclaimed spiritual writer who is best known for his popular 1985 book God of Surprises) and Gerard J Hughes (a philosopher), are sometimes referred to respectively by their confreres as Gerry the walker and Gerry the talker. ... Read More »

A good and faithful servant

By Ray Campbell Dr Nicholas Tonti-Filippini will be well known to readers of The Catholic Leader. He was often quoted in its pages and at times contributed columns. Sadly, for those of us left behind,  Nicholas died on November 7. I was a friend and colleague of Nick’s for more than 30 years. In this tribute I would like to ... Read More »

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