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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 »

Queensland seal of confession proposals raise concerns about freedom of religion

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AUSTRALIAN Catholic Bishops Conference president Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge, doesn’t believe proposed Queensland laws to break the seal of confession would make children any safer. The state’s Labor Government has proposed legislation that would force priests to report admissions of child sexual abuse to police. “We understand why the Royal Commission made its recommendation on the seal and why the ... Read More »

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