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Brisbane auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell reveals his carbon footprint

What would be the carbon footprint of a Catholic bishop in a large and bustling archdiocese? In this two-week series, Emilie Ng uses the carbon footprint of one auxiliary Bishop to explore the three last pope’s teaching on the environment. BRISBANE auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell visited the airport nearly once a fortnight in 2019, but it wasn’t the primary contributor ... Read More »

Dominican Brother Sebastian Condon says the preacher’s task is to teach the timeless truth anew

Dominicans

PREACHING Practice – the weekly highlight of our semesters here in St Dominic’s Priory in Melbourne – affords the student body the opportunity to hone much more than simply our skills in the art of rhetoric.  Our collective sense of humility and charity is also fostered by this salutary practice.  Being able to receive criticism and offer some healthy fraternal ... Read More »

Christmas with Jesus, the perfect man

A FEW weeks ago, as the 2019 school year came to an end, I witnessed the St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Mount Isa Year 1 class presenting a powerful performance of The Nativity.  Through the spoken word and the magic of music, the students had the audience enthralled – there was even a hip-hop spin-down floor sweep performed by the Star ... Read More »

Walking with Australia’s Indigenous requires listening with the heart

Uluru

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 »

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