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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 »

Calling us out of the darkness into the light

This is Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s Homily from Christmas Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral THE fact is that we don’t know exactly when Jesus Christ was born. They didn’t keep records back in those days and they wouldn’t have known themselves on which day they were born. So why do we celebrate his birth on this particular day, December 25? To ... Read More »

May the joy and peace of Christmas be with you

By Bishop Robert McGuckin of Toowoomba AS the year draws to a close we look both backwards and forwards. Globally it has been a very mixed year. From where we are we may say how fortunate we are when we consider many problems around the world, for example: Africa and the Ebola crisis; the Ukraine, Syria and the Middle East with ... Read More »

God is with us

By Bishop Michael McCarthy of Rockhampton POPE Francis, at the end of the recent Synod on the Family, spoke of the God of Surprises and, for me personally, that was my experience of God in 2014. My year began as parish priest in the parishes of Hendra, Northgate and Hamilton and finished as the Bishop of Rockhampton – the God of ... Read More »

What gifts can we offer this Christmas?

archbishop mark coleridge

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane CHRISTMAS always evokes a very particular time and place – the Middle East a little more than 2000 years ago. This Christmas, we think of that place at this time. For the Christians of that region where the Word was made flesh, where God became one of us, this Christmas will be a time not of ... Read More »

The gifts of peace and love

By Brian Moore IN Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 6:23 he sends a beautiful greeting of peace and love to the Church in Ephesus. The problem in the world that we live in today we hear many people talk about peace and love so much that the words have lost their meaning. The peace and love that St Paul desires ... Read More »

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