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Living mercy each day

Anita Covington

ANITA Covington is a Queenslander through and through, a little bit Irish and Mercy to her bootstraps, and she’ll be celebrating all three this Christmas. Born in the North Queensland sugar-cane town of Ingham, her father was Irish and earlier this year she won the Mercy Week Mission Award at Mater Hospital Brisbane. Anita is not one for speaking out ... Read More »

Vulnerable Catholic, woman of mercy

Venerable Catherine McAuley

OVER the centuries many women and men have been remarkable witnesses to God’s mercy. Because of their faith in God, their untiring, preferential commitment to God’s most vulnerable ones, and their courage in the face of cruel, uninformed criticism, they continue to serve us as models of full-hearted Gospel living.  One such person is the Irish woman Catherine McAuley (1778-1841) ... Read More »

The church ‘is the house of Jesus’ and must always be open, says Pope

Pope Francis

THE church “is the house of Jesus”, and Christians must welcome everyone, even bringing those who were unable to make their way on their own, Pope Francis said at morning Mass on March 17. People who were sad or “sick in their soul” or who had “made many mistakes in their lives” may, at a certain point, feel the Holy ... Read More »

Hearing confession is source of grace, conversion for a priest, Pope says

Pope Francis hears confession

HEARING a Catholic’s confession should be awe-inspiring for a priest, an experience that makes him look at his own life and willingness to convert, Pope Francis told a group of seminarians, new priests and priests who hear confessions in the major basilicas of Rome. “Let yourselves be educated by the sacrament of Reconciliation,” he told them yesterday (March 12). Hearing ... Read More »

Mercy often becomes a real test in practice

By Michaela Hillam I DISGUST myself. I’m a hypocrite, a fraud. I’m no better than a Pharisee. I was walking briskly out of Toowong Shopping Centre when a man who was clearly homeless called out to me. I mumbled something about being in a rush and continued on. I was late and I was on my way to Mass – ... Read More »

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