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God becomes one of us

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

A Christmas Message from Brisbane Archdiocese AT Christmas, the words of the angel have echoed down through the ages: “Glory to God in the highest heaven and peace on earth to those whom he loves”. They echo still in all their strangeness. If we think of God at all, we tend to think that the divine glory means that God ... Read More »

God is revealed in Jesus

Bishop Michael Putney

A Christmas Message from Townsville Diocese IN a fairly non-religious country like Australia, it is easier to say “I believe in God” than to say “I believe in Jesus Christ”. The first one can be interpreted in many ways by one’s listeners. They might have a vague idea of what the word “God” might mean. To say one believes in ... Read More »

Let the crib speak to us in silence

Bishop James Foley

A Christmas message from Cairns Diocese BY the time this is published before Christmas, our Church will have had considerable coverage of its failures in the care of vulnerable children at the Royal Commission. The greatest pain has been that of those who have survived such abuse yet carry the burden throughout their lives. For some these wounds are painfully ... Read More »

Called to reach out to the most needy

Bishop Robert McGuckin

A Christmas Message from Toowoomba Diocese CHRISTMAS as usual has crept up on me before I realised, but maybe you are one of those who finished all your shopping last month. It has been a busy year and as we look back we can be thankful for many blessings that we have received. At the same time we regret that ... Read More »

Where is Jesus Christ this Christmas?

Brian Moore

VINNIES VIEW By Brian Moore “I bring you good tidings of great joy … For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord … You will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-12 WHAT has happened to the old-fashioned, spiritual Christmas? Could the ... Read More »

Only God can satisfy our heart

FrPeterFitzsimons

By Fr Peter Fitzsimons WE began the new liturgical year on December 1. The focus on Advent is on Our Lord Jesus Christ, to celebrate His first coming as a child, and to better prepare for His definitive coming. Not only did we begin the new liturgical year, but Pope Francis also gave us the great gift of his first ... Read More »

Making Christmas Mass special

LITURGY LINES By Elizabeth Harrington WHEN we gather for Christmas Mass as a community of faith, it is not to listen to lovely music or to watch a splendid ritual, but to meet and worship the Lord, who is God’s great gift to the world. What can we, as individuals and as communities, do to make Christmas Masses something special? ... Read More »

Eucharist is a free gift, and the best of all

Archbishop Mark Coleridge

ARCHBISHOP MARK COLERIDGE is asking Catholics to reach out to the isolated and lonely this Christmas. AT Christmas time we think about gift-giving, and not only think about it, we actually give gifts. We go and buy gifts, here, there and everywhere, which can be a bit of a chore, at least for people like me. But gift-giving is a ... Read More »

Jesus is the Prince of Peace

Fr John Grace

A Christmas Message from Rockhampton Diocese THE death of Nelson Mandela opened the eyes of the world to appreciate and recognise his triumphant life. His achievements are not a collection of earthly goods but a vast panorama of commitments to justice and truth.  These treasures are born of a brave and courageous heart. Peace which lasts far exceeds the balance ... Read More »

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