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Walking with Australia’s Indigenous requires listening with the heart

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By Br Damien Price WE all like to be heard. My years working with young people taught me that when young people are voiceless or powerless great damage is done to themselves and that often they “act out” their voicelessness and powerlessness in other ways.  Some go inward to depression and a loss of confidence, while others go outward in ... Read More »

November is a reminder of our true citizenship as Christians – heaven

November is a spectacular month for the Church. We begin by venerating all the saints – the Church Triumphant. We immediately follow that celebration by beginning to pray for all departed souls – the Church Penitent. Given that these feasts follow immediately after one another, it might be an idea for those of us who are here in the Church ... Read More »

Jesus Christ has truly been made one of us

By Br Brian Grenier TWO of the heresies that emerged in the early history of the Christian Church are Docetism (Jesus is God but not man) and Ebionism (Jesus is man but not God).  I use the present tense designedly because, like most ancient heresies, they still have their devotees today or, at least, people who are influenced by them. ... Read More »

Gratitude is the most powerful meditation of a lifetime

Jesus said, “Were not all ten made clean? Where are the other nine?” – Luke 17:17 WE all have those moments when things often go unnoticed or unappreciated because we think they’re either insignificant or we take them for granted. We forget to express gratitude, or we simply allow the opportunity for thanks to pass by. That is especially true ... Read More »

Silence and contemplation have an umbilical cord to the pain of the world

AUNTIE Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr is an elder of the Aboriginal peoples of the Daly River region in the Northern Territory. Her people use the term “Dadirri” to speak about inner deep listening and quiet, still awareness.  When you meet Miriam-Rose you are immediately touched by her serenity, her deep peace. One of the great gifts of our Catholic faith tradition is ... Read More »

‘I fell in love with Mary poking Jesus in the back’: Meet Hayden Kennedy, a full-time sacristan

POLISHING chalices, lighting candles, organising vestments for priests are all part of a regular day for Hayden Kennedy but that’s not all he does. Hayden is a full-time sacristan at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane. At 24, he’s young for the role although he’s not the youngest on the cathedral’s team of sacristans. Another three young men on the team ... Read More »

University welcomes dogs, cat, and even alpacas for the annual Franciscan animal blessing

“EVERYONE loves animals,” Colleen Tracey said, holding her Maltese cross bichon frise dog Teddy at this year’s Australian Catholic University Brisbane campus animal blessing on September 12. Mrs Tracey, the Brisbane campus ministry staff pastoral associate, said animals had a way of bringing people together and knocking down barriers. “This is a celebration of the interconnectedness of all creation in ... Read More »

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