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Provocative study of contentious topic

HOLY MISOGYNYApril DeConick; Bloomsbury Academic,2014; $27.99 Reviewed by Terry Oberg ONE conclusion that cannot be challenged concerning our first female Prime Minister’s term in office is that, for better or for worse, she put the word misogyny in to everyone’s lexicon. Her speech before the parliament has been classified as a piece of irrelevant self-indulgence on the one hand or ... Read More »

Lives of female saints source of inspiration

SISTERHOOD OF SAINTS: DAILY GUIDANCE AND INSPIRATIONMelanie Rigney; Franciscan Media Cincinnati, Ohio; 2013. By Barbara Flynn THREE-hundred-and-sixty-six female saints blessed of the Catholic Church across the centuries are represented in Rigney’s meticulously researched collection. Some are venerated in certain countries but not in others, some have quaint and curious stories; others have shown rebellious charm in their attention to Church ... Read More »

Kneeling at my son’s cot

By Peter Holmes OUR baby son Albert has recently come home from hospital after an extended recovery from pneumonia and open-heart surgery. He has recovered well, if slowly, but he still requires a breathing mask fitted when he sleeps and we are still feeding him through a nasal gastric tube. Since his feeds are every four hours, I have found ... Read More »

Guida’s happy sharing her knowledge with Timorese

By Guida Cabrita ASK me what I was doing every Thursday night in Brisbane and I would answer, “late-night shopping”. There would always be that sense of achievement when I found a parking space, the difficult decision of should I go Subway, Chinese or Turkish? Do I have room for a Maccas’ ice cream? Shopping was also a great excuse ... Read More »

Insights into the spirituality of the Pope

PRAY FOR ME – THE LIFE AND SPIRITUAL VISION OF POPE FRANCIS, FIRST POPE FROM THE AMERICASRobert Moynihan; Image, Random House Inc New York; 2013. Reviewed by Barbara Flynn PRAY For Me introduces readers to the soul (spirituality), strengths and passion of Pope Francis in regard to contemplation of the Gospel as a joyous source of evangelising. The contents, in ... Read More »

I have called you by name

By Sr Elvera Sesta EARLY last month I was a delegate at the Presentation Sisters’ chapter. This is a special time when, every five years, the Sisters gather together to elect their Congregational leader and the Councillors who will lead the Congregation for the next five years. We were a group of about 40 women who have known one another, ... Read More »

Two works recommended for St Mary’s feast

MARY MacKILLOP AND HER EARLY COMPANIONS – A COLLECTION OF LETTERS FROM 1866 TO 1870Arranged and edited by Sheila McCreanor RSJ; Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, North Sydney, 2013. IMAGING MARY MacKILLOP – WITH WHISPERINGS FROM MARYPatricia Snudden RSJ; Wilkinson Publishing Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 2010. Reviewed by Barbara Flynn AUGUST 4 marks the fourth anniversary of the ... Read More »

Praying in hope with Christians of Iraq

This is a reflection given at an ecumenical prayer vigil for peace in Iraq and other troubled areas in the world. The vigil was held at the St Joseph and St Anthony Church, Bracken Ridge, Brisbane, on August 3. MY name is Netta Sheridan and this is my beloved Church. I travelled here in safety this afternoon and was not ... Read More »

Finding faith in a film called Calvary

CALVARY: Starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Domhnall Gleeson, Aidan Gillen. Directed by John Michael McDonagh. 101 minutes. Rated MA15+ (Strong violence, sexual references and coarse language) By David McGovern IT sounds like the beginning of a bad joke: “There’s this Irish priest and he walks into a bar …” While that scenario does form at least a couple ... Read More »

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