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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 »

Internet reunites lost soldier with descendants nearly 100 years after his death in First World War

MATTRESS maker Private Frank Percy Hanlon was waiting in the trenches for his call of duty on a railway line when a mortar shell exploded near him and another soldier. Fellow soldiers wrote eyewitness reports confirming the “rather slim and rather quiet” 20-year-old was killed “instantaneously” on April 23, 1917, around 800 metres away from Bullecourt, France, where days later ... Read More »

Families pray and recall sacrifice of loved ones killed in war 100 years ago

Val Davidson looks at the honour roll

UNTIL two weeks ago, Val Davidson believed only one place honoured the memory of her uncle who never returned home from the First World War. Charleville-native Private John Joseph Kenny, who is Mrs Davidson’s father’s older brother, died on his first day of battle in Gaza, Egypt, on April 19, 1917. He was only 23. Mrs Davidson had seen his ... Read More »

A man of faith and honour

Karen Robinson

By Isaac Murphy ANZAC hero James Cameron was one of the lucky ones to make it through the First World War, but perhaps there was a saintly hand guarding him from the whistling bullets. “Lucky Jim”, as his fellow diggers called him had a close connection with a woman who would become Australia’s first saint. James was the cousin of ... Read More »

Faith on the frontline

Memories from war

By Emilie Ng ACROSS the sea, a young Australian venerates his finger-worn St Benedict’s medal, praying with reasonable doubt if he will ever return home from war-torn France. He rubs the medal with his left hand, all too aware that it will be the hand he depends on for the rest of his life. Private Edmond William Carmody Bourke enlisted ... Read More »

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