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Excellent choice for parish discussion group

THE FRANCIS EFFECT: LIVING THE JOY OF THE GOSPELEdited by Danielle Achikian, Peter Gates and Lana Turvey; Catholic Mission and Catholic Religious Australia; $15 (bulk discounts) Reviewed by Br Brian Grenier CFC POPE Francis chose to present Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel) as an apostolic exhortation rather than as an encyclical. This gave him scope to address the ordinary ... Read More »

Welcome resource for those involved in RCIA

ENCOUNTERING THE MYSTERY OF GOD: A FRAMEWORK FOR MYSTAGOGY FROM EASTER TO PENTECOSTPatrick J Cronin CFC; Mosaic Press; $27.95 Reviewed by Br Brian Grenier CFC THE restoration of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults was one of the fruits of the Second Vatican Council. Following its proclamation on January 6, 1972, a wealth of resource material was produced to ... Read More »

Called to know ‘the source of Christian joy’

Pope Benedict XVI

BENEDICT XVI: LEARNING TO BELIEVEEdited by Giuliano Vigini; St Paul’s Publications, Strathfield NSW, 2012. Reviewed by Barbara Flynn WRITINGS by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI remain a relevant source of inspiration, teaching and guidance for the Church as it seeks to respond to contemporary ideologies and philosophies negatively impacting Christian practice and belief particularly in Western societies. In this small book ... Read More »

Overcoming hatred and vengeance

Colin Firth in a scene from The Railway Man

THE RAILWAY MAN: Starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Irvine, Stellan Skarsgard. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. 116 minutes. Rated M (Mature themes and violence). Reviewed by Fr Peter Malone MSC THIS is a film that can be recommended – with the caution that it has many harrowing moments. The advertising for The Railway Man seems to indicate that this is ... Read More »

Beyond struggles with prayer

Ronald Rolheiser book

PRAYER: OUR DEEPEST LONGING By Ronald Rolheiser, Franciscan Media, $13.95 Reviewed by Br Brian Grenier CFC RONALD Rolheiser, an internationally renowned speaker and spiritual writer, is a Catholic priest with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. His weekly column, In Exile, is syndicated in more than 70 newspapers and may be accessed online. The slim volume under review is a ... Read More »

Family life sheds light on Newman

Family life sheds light on Newman

 NEWMAN AND HIS FAMILY By Edward Short; Bloomsbury; RRP $45. Reviewed by Br Brian Grenier CFC   ACCORDING to Edward Short, “Few eminent Victorians can be understood without reference to their families. … Similarly, no one can understand Newman’s warm, affectionate, playful, gregarious, generous nature unless he knows something of the love he received from and gave back to his ... Read More »

Graces of Holy Spirit key to evangelisation

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ALIVE IN THE SPIRIT  By Father Ken Barker, MGL; Modotti Press, Ballan, Victoria. 2013. Reviewed by Barbara Flynn.  IN 1967, a recognisable outpouring of the Holy Spirit occurred within a small group of Catholics in America thus heralding in an era of new Pentecost generating renewal with a twofold effect. First, in many countries hundreds of individual lives have undergone ... Read More »

Cameron brings new perspective on servant leadership

Cameron brings new perspective on servant leadership

Leadership as a call to service: The Lives and Works of Teresa of Avila, Catherine of Siena and Therese of Lisieux. Christine Cameron. Ballan, Vic: Connor Court Press, 2012. Reviewed by Dr Richard Rymarz SERVICE leadership is a concept that is well used in discourse on leadership in Catholic schools. Christine Cameron in this book presents a new perspective by ... Read More »

Powerful message in great spirit

Powerful message in great spirit

STANDING ON MY OWN TWO FEET By Clare Sultmann; Halstead Press; $24.95 Reviewed by Br Tim Scott CFC   I HAVE just finished reading this incredible book with a powerful message. Author Clare Sultmann is the daughter of Bill, who many of us know as director of mission with the Christian Brothers Oceania Province and former executive director of Catholic Education ... Read More »

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