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Federal election tip: Govern for the family and the balance follows

“WHEN government is big the people are small.” This statement sums up neatly the state of current politics at almost all levels in the western world.   Governments everywhere have ascribed themselves the honour of fixing all ills, from economic to social to family.   Government responsibility is now literally felt from the cradle to the grave with governments finding ... Read More »

Refugee who fled war-torn Sudan finds light in Australia

Sudanese refugee Noor Hassan

AMERICA’S leading public health institute released a report last year detailing the most common times babies were born.  According to the report, released by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention’s Centre for Health Statistics, a majority of United States babies born in 2013 arrived in the new world between 8am and lunchtime. Were those babies born in Sudan’s western ... Read More »

How to talk to a person who is homeless

Speaking to the homeless

RECENTLY I’ve been asked for advice on “talking with homeless people”. As a volunteer and friend to people who are homeless for over 23 years I knew the best person to provide such advice was a homeless person.  On a recent outreach I put the question of “talking with people who are homeless” to a man I will call James ... Read More »

God’s on Fr Nigel’s side

Fr Nigel Sequeira

SPIN a globe in your hands and stop on a random point. Any continent. Any hemisphere. There is a good chance you will stop near a place that Fr Nigel Sequeira has called home. It may be Tanzania, on Africa’s eastern central coast, where Fr Nigel was born. Perhaps it’s India, where he attended boarding school, or Ireland, where he ... Read More »

The best thing a dad can do for his kids

Family fun

“PARK Dad?” “No worries mate, let’s go”. “Icy pole Dad?” “No worries, I’ll get one out of the freezer”. “Dom, can you take the rubbish out please?” “Later, I’m tired, I need a break”. It’s a pretty standard set of conversations in my family home.  I have two kids under three and like all parents, want to do anything to ... Read More »

How to enjoy being single

HOW does one take delight or pleasure in being single, when we are made for union with an other?  The loneliness we experience in this time is not so much emptiness as is it a stirring of desire that awaits fulfilment.  We become restless for romance.  When we fall in love, that special person consumes our every thought and being. ... Read More »

How a Rwandan man is transforming the lives of refugees

Protais Muhirwa

IT’S an explosion of colour, costume, dance and even cuisine. About 15 different nationalities collide in this most unusual sight in Brisbane’s southern suburbs. People from South America, the Middle East, parts of Africa and even eastern Europe. But there is one thing that stands out more than the colours, smell and sounds. It’s the smiles on these faces. Welcome ... Read More »

Living in the lucky country is a blessing for Australians

MY parents always told me that we were lucky to be born in Australia. To a degree, I understood what they meant, but I figured that it just had something to do with the great weather, the beaches, or religious freedoms. It didn’t truly hit me until I left its safe, free, prosperous shores in pursuit of love. I’ve since ... Read More »

Why it’s ok to be a young Mum

BEING a “young mum” was never something I really thought about. I met my husband, fell in love, got married and had my first child just after my twenty-first birthday. My third child was born just before I turned 26. They were the days where all the mums were having their babies before 30 – there was a lot of ... Read More »

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