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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 »

Does contraception have a place in Christian relief work?

By Bernard Toutounji I was recently invited to tour a new medical ship run by the international Christian relief organisation Youth With a Mission. This particular ship, destined for work in Papua New Guinea is larger and newer than their current vessel, and it will allow YWAM to increase its medical assistance by 500 per cent, offering healthcare immunisations and ... Read More »

Guiding light for vocations

By Patrick Ransom THE Vocations Office Roadshow this year has continued to connect with people both locally and nationally; preaching, speaking to and conversing with groups as diverse as the Catholic Church itself. As a young and newly-married Catholic man, I had already grown used to preaching “God’s calling”. This came largely from explaining my motivations for buying an engagement ... Read More »

Love is the key to everything in life

By Terry Lees Life provides many treasured moments and in my memory bank is one from Christmas 2011, when we travelled by road from Mount Isa to Ballina in northern NSW. With me were my wife Pattie and two granddaughters, then aged 16 and 5. Nearing Ballina, there is a stunning, breath-taking view that sweeps down the range, across lush ... Read More »

The atmosphere that we live in is important

By Sr Elvera Sesta A STRANGE thing happened to me the other day. I had just finished one class with my year 12 students in the library. I was a little late leaving as I was discussing the topic with one of my students.  My next class was at the other end of the campus. As I walked down the stairs ... Read More »

Musings on a life led by faith

Person lighting candle

By Professor Greg Craven I WAS recently asked to talk about my life in a faith context for the Catholic Man Breakfast Series. In Australia, because we’re such a young country we’ve never been terribly good at thinking around beginnings. To reflect on my family today, I really need to go back much further than my own childhood. The Cravens ... Read More »

Learning to see God clearly

By Sr Elvera Sesta  OUR bodies are remarkable machines. It is only when something goes wrong that we realise what a wonderful job that they have been doing. Our body is a mass of nerves and each nerve has its own particular area to govern, whether it is the movement in the smallest section of our little finger or the large ... Read More »

Everyone loves a wedding

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By Kiri Groeneveld YOU are, I am sure, familiar with 1Corinthians:13. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, and so on. With good reason, it is a popular wedding verse – one of the passages in the Bible that resonates with those entering into the sacrament of marriage. While ... Read More »

Celibacy is ‘supernatural’


By Peter Holmes I HAVE grown a little tired of hearing child abuse blamed on “repressed sexuality” of celibate men. There is no doubt that the Catholic Church must face up to the fact that some heinous and criminal abuse was allowed to continue unchecked due to neglect, secrecy and even culpable incompetence. I shall leave debate about the fact ... Read More »

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