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Easter spent at home like the ‘Passover in Egypt’, families waited for the coming of the Lord

FOR Catholics, Easter is a time of hope and devotion through the Paschal Liturgies. And for communities of the Neocatechumenal Way, accustomed to large Easter vigil gatherings, the limitations of social distancing, proved a challenging prospect. The Neocatechumenal Way has about 70 communities in 13 dioceses across Australia. So instead of meeting as communities, Neocatechumenal families were invited to follow ... Read More »

Jesus went to the depths of our humanity so that we would know we are not alone

DURING my days at university I worked night shift at a geology laboratory, in order to keep myself in the semi-impoverished manner to which I had become accustomed. I would spend the early hours of the morning grinding coal samples and loading them into submersible metal canisters, which were then pumped with various elements from the periodic table at differing ... Read More »

During plague, Church members called on saints for help and healing

THE Catholic Church has a long tradition of calling on saints and praying for their intercession in sickness and difficult times. This plea for saintly help for protection from disease and healing was particularly evident when the bubonic plague, or Black Death, spread throughout Europe in the 14th century killing one-third of the population. At the time, in many cities ... Read More »

Terry Lees writes about the legend of the Donkey’s Cross

Jesus said: “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.” (Matthew 21:2) THE donkey is mentioned numerous times in the Bible and had a key role in the life of Jesus. On Palm Sunday a donkey was chosen by Jesus to ... Read More »

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