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Logged off for Lent – Catholics saying no to social media to prepare for Easter find ‘greater peace’

CATHOLICS around Australia have used the liturgical season of Lent to restrict their use of social media applications like Facebook.  The traditional custom of giving up something for Lent is voluntary; but during his 2019 Lenten message Pope Francis urged the faithful to consider it a gift.  “The celebration of the Paschal Triduum of Christ’s passion, death and resurrection, the ... Read More »

Five newly-married 20-somethings share of God’s plan for their discernment, marriage and ‘home’

WHEN Brisbane’s Bethany Keady wed Dan Bottesini last December, in a spirited Nuptial Mass and wedding reception, their immense joy couldn’t have been bottled.  Prompted to share of the pull towards a marriage vocation, the newly-crowned Mrs Bottesini was quick to relate the shared joy, evident in many young couples around them. Their collective witness to the blessings of commitment ... Read More »

What a wonderful world – Christian Brother Brian Grenier gleams God’s gift of wonder and wisdom

RESPONDING to God’s invitation in a dream, “Ask what I should give you”, Solomon did not seek personal possessions, wealth, honour, the destruction of his enemies or length of days.  The better to govern God’s people, he asked for wisdom and knowledge.  He sought an understanding mind, a listening heart (“shama” in Hebrew), to discern between good and evil (1 ... Read More »

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