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What Brisbane Catholics are reading this summer

Whether holidays are the one time of the year you can do some serious reading or you are looking for a good thriller to take to the beach, several Brisbane Catholics have a recommendation to fit the bill, from travel to memoir, and crime fiction, books about saints to papal documents. Pam Betts, Brisbane Catholic Education, executive director Dear Pope Francis: ... Read More »

The Heart of the Saints

Front Cover of Fire to the Earth by Fr Ken Barker MGL

FIRE TO THE EARTH: THE HEART OF THE SAINTS Fr Ken Barker MGL; Modotti Press, an Imprint of Connor Court Publishing Pty Ltd. Redland Bay, Qld 2017 Reviewed by Barbara Flynn. ON February 3, 1986 Father Ken Barker joined with four young men in Kaleen, Canberra to begin a common life of prayer and service. By December 1992, Archbishop Francis ... Read More »

Just Compassion

JUST COMPASSION: A PRIEST’S QUEST FOR HUMAN RIGHTS Fr Wally Dethlefs; Tafina Press, 2017.   Review of Just Compassion by Dr Ann Morgan Few people manage to integrate passion, integrity and ethical principles in their life and work in the manner demonstrated by Fr Wally Dethlefs. His book portrays these qualities in an unpretentious narrative that offers inspiration. There is ... Read More »

Strangers in a Strange Land

Front Cover of Strangers in a Strange Land by Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles J. Chaput

STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND: LIVING THE CATHOLIC FAITH IN A POST-CHRISTIAN WORLD Archbishop Charles J. Chaput; Henry Holt and Company, New York; 2017 Reviewed by CNS “WE are passing through a revolution of sorts in America,” says Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. Following such upheavals in the nation’s moral life as the “normalisation of pornography, premarital sex, divorce (and) ... Read More »

Sir Julius Chan played the game to win

Sir Julius Chan

SIR Julius Chan played a pivotal role in shaping Papua New Guinea’s first 40 years of independence.Playing the Game is his fascinating account of the exciting birth of PNG as a nation, and the challenging years that followed.It is also the story of a man who grew up with a fight-to-win determination, shaped by his humble upbringing, and his formative ... Read More »

Following Jesus Christ to become poor

CANDLES IN THE DARK: THE AUTHORISED BIOGRAPHY OF FR RICHARD HO LUNG AND THE MISSIONARIES OF THE POORJoseph Pearce; St Benedict Press, 2013. Reviewed by Emilie Ng RADICAL poverty became Jamaican priest Fr Richard Ho Lung’s doorway into a life of incredible suffering, but also made him “the happiest man on earth”. The authorised biography of this “ghetto priest” and ... Read More »

Anniversary gives rise to inspiring stories

EMMANUEL COMMUNITY: CELEBRATING 40 YEARS 1975-2015, ‘Memories of the Journey’; Emmanuel Community; 2015.  Reviewed by Barbara Flynn TWO years were spent researching records and collating photographs and time-sequenced stories and memoirs in order to preserve the story to the present of the first 40 years of Emmanuel Catholic Charismatic Covenant Community founded in Brisbane in 1975. Forty years of Emmanuel ... Read More »

Atheist travellers’ questions can be ‘clarifying’

WHAT ARE WE DOING ON EARTH FOR CHRISTíS SAKE?Richard Leonard SJ; Paulist Press; $26.99 Reviewed by Br Brian Grenier CFC RICHARD Leonard, a Sydney-based Queensland-born Jesuit who has a doctorate in cinema studies, is well known to an expanding and appreciative readership for his earlier works – Where the Hell is God?, Why Bother Praying? and What Are We Waiting ... Read More »

Beauty emerges from life of real discovery

MY AUTISTIC AWAKENING: UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL FOR A LIFE WELL LIVEDRachael Lee Harris; Rowman & Littlefield; 2015 Reviewed by Emilie Ng RACHAEL Lee Harris’ memoir leaves you wanting to give her a long, gentle hug. You’re left with this feeling not because she has Asperger’s syndrome, but purely because of her determination as a woman to find her place on ... Read More »

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