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Balancing love and law

Sacred Space by Br John Vernard FMS DURING my life there have been changes in the Church, some of them insignificant but others have made a big difference to my understanding of the life God has blessed me with. Where before I was obsessed with following the law that was promulgated by others I now study the teachings of Jesus and ... Read More »

Progress made on Brisbane Oratory

Progress made on Brisbane Oratory

New initiative: Fr Paul Chandler is involved in the Brisbane Oratory in Formation.   By Fr Paul W. Chandler   IN recent months, the Brisbane Oratory in Formation has taken some significant steps. The oratory has been placed under the protection of four saints. Since this is the first oratory for this country, Australia’s own patron, Our Lady, Help of ... Read More »

Heaven’s fire ignites new life

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

THIS is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the opening Mass at the Ignite conference on September 27, the feast day of St Vincent de Paul. THOSE of you who were in Rio for World Youth Day, or watched it on television in Australia, may recognise the mitre and the chasuble that I’m wearing.  They are the mitre and chasuble ... Read More »

Language abyss in the digital age

Digital Age

We human beings naturally make judgements at a human level and forget that we were brought into existence by a supreme being’ who is not bound by human restrictions. I have lost count of the number of the blessings I have received but for which I had no say in – I believe it was God’s providence at work.  I ... Read More »

Finding the way in the search for truth

By Elizabeth Harrington REGULAR readers will be aware a series of seminars and workshops about the New Evangelisation is being held in venues around the archdiocese. At the sessions participants will be challenged to walk through the door of the world and take the Good News of Jesus to those outside the Church. This new evangelisation, new outreach, new surge ... Read More »

Noble beauty of liturgical vestments

A CALLER commended me on my recent column on the topic of church spaces, vessels and books, and enquired whether the General Instruction of the Roman Missal had anything to say about liturgical vestments. “And where did they come from anyway?” she asked. Although it is often claimed that early Christian leaders of liturgy simply wore their “Sunday best” version ... Read More »

Through doors open wide

Archbishop Mark Coleridge 2013-09-08

Pastoral Letter written by Archbishop Mark Coleridge as the Church moves to the end of the Year of Grace and Faith. IN these final weeks of the Year of Grace and Faith, a journey which began at Pentecost last year, I find myself thinking of doors. Older Australians sometimes speak of a time when people did not lock the doors ... Read More »

Helping Vinnies is faith in action


VINNIES VIEW, by Brian Moore IN September, the St Vincent de Paul Society celebrate two important feast days, Blessed Frederic Ozanam on September 9 and St Vincent de Paul on September 27. Readers in recent Vinnies Views would have noticed vice president Robert Leach’s references to the Society’s patron St Vincent de Paul and the Society’s founder Blessed Frederic. There ... Read More »

New book on gifts of the Holy Spirit

Fr Ken Barker book, 2013-09-08

MISSIONARIES of God’s Love founder Fr Ken Barker has released a new book, Alive in the Spirit, which highlights the need to rely on the Holy Spirit in approaching the new evangelisation. The moderator of the MGLs, who will step aside to make room for a new leader next year, felt convicted that the Church needs to draw more on ... Read More »

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