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September 29, 2015 • Category: This Month's Cover

The Pope greets a young Bolivian in a recent visit to that country.

Pope Francis called for economic justice for the poor in some of his strongest language yet.

“You are social poets: creators of work, builders of housing, producers of food, above all for people left behind by the world market,” he told a crowd of Bolivian indigenous workers, farmers, and social activists. “You, …

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Daily Reflections

  • Thursday 8 October
  • Malachi 3:13-20, Ps 1, Luke 11:5-13


    Don’t worry about being polite with God. Be persistent. “Ask and it will be given you. Search and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened to you.” Luke reminds us to be proactive in approaching God. Our request will be heard. Our persistence will be acknowledged. God meets us in our searching, our asking and …

Catholic Life»

Married, Saintly Life (0)

by Sue Jones

by Sue Jones

A couple of things have come to my attention lately which I think are connected. The first is the forthcoming canonisation of the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, the first married couple to receive this official Church blessing. The other is a statement from our Catholic Bishops which says that our schools are producing cultural Catholics rather than followers of Jesus …

Christianity in Action»

No Greater Love (0)

by Anne Kerrigan

by Anne Kerrigan

“A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends.”
John 15:13

When I hear the above mentioned expression that a man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends, I usually think of a war situation in which one soldier gives his life for another. I also think of …


Holy Spirit Still Alive in the Young (0)

By Debra Vermeer 

Fr Boni Buahendri SVD

Fr Boni Buahendri SVD

When Indonesian-born Fr Boni Buahendri SVD was assigned to Australia as a missionary priest, he dreamed of working with indigenous people in a remote location. Instead, he found himself first in parish ministry and now working in formation of young missionaries, and says he could not be happier.

“I love working with these young people,” he says, ahead …

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The Mission Month (0)

Fr Bernard Carney sm

Fr Bernard Carney sm

In his recent letter to the world ‘Laudato Si’ the pope has called on the faithful for a new effort to carry the message of God’s love and mercy to the world.

The Holy Spirit has been doing this since the time St Peter and the Apostles preached on the morning after Pentecost. After two centuries, we can see the civilizing …

Francis Speaks»

Market Logic and Meeting of ICCJ (0)

Pope Francis weigelJesus counters market logic with the logic of giving

Vatican City, 26 July 2015 (VIS) – At midday today Pope Francis appeared at the window of his study in the Vatican Apostolic Palace to pray the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square. He commented on the day’s Gospel passage, which narrates “the great sign of the multiplication of the loaves,” when Jesus …


Can You Bear It? (0)

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A businessman boarded a plane to find, sitting next to him, an elegant woman wearing the largest, most stunning diamond ring he had ever seen.

He asked her about it.

“This is the Masterson diamond,” she said. “It’s beautiful, but there’s a terrible curse that goes with it.”

“What’s the curse?” the man asked.

“Mr. Masterson.”


A lady who was …


Decorum and Liturgy (0)

Fr Merv Duffy sm

by Fr Merv Duffy sm

The Bishops of the Second Vatican Council defined liturgy as “a sacred action through which, with a rite, in and through the Church, the priestly office of Christ comes to be exercised and continued, which office being the sanctification of humanity and the glorification of God.” That statement contains very big ideas: Liturgy is a holy action, it is a …


Joint Bible Campaign Promotes Social Justice (0)

During  Social Justice Week (Sept 13-19), Bible Society New Zealand, in partnership with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand,  launched its new Poverty and Justice Bible campaign in Catholic churches throughout the country.

This Catholic NRSV Bible includes more than 3,500 verses highlighting references to  poverty and justice, helping people understand the call of Pope Francis to “give a voice to the cry of the poor.” This …

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Prayerful Churches: Salisbury Cathedral (0)

Glen McCullogh

Glen McCullogh

The title should be “Awesome Churches” for Salisbury Cathedral.  Our first glimpse of it was across the river, with the spire reaching up to God.

First SightOur second glimpse is across an expanse of open lawn, when I could only stand and gape in awe at its magnificence. Cathedral

We are told that building commenced in 1220 and the church was consecrated 38 years later, …


You are Preparing for a Marriage Not a Wedding (Comments Off)

Fr Carl Telford sm

Fr Carl Telford sm

A Letter to a Catholic engaged couple by Fr Carl Telford sm

Dear Mary and John, thank you for inviting me to be the Church’s witness at your wedding. It is a privilege to get to know you both and to see your love and energy for each other and your maturity in seeking the sacrament of matrimony. So this letter …


October Saints (0)

Saint1Saint Denis of Paris (d.c. 250)

Saint Denis is the patron saint of France. It is reported that he was born in Italy and sent into Gaul (modern France) with five or six other bishops. He then became the first bishop of Lutetia (modern Paris). Arrested with Rusticus, a priest, and Eleutherius, a deacon, Denis was beheaded on October 9th near Lutetia, most likely during …

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Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Faithfulness (0)

by Maria Kennedy

by Maria Kennedy

True to one’s words, promises or vows; steady in allegianceDictionary.com

Roger has the gift of faith which he shares with his grandson Matthew. For Matthew’s faith to grow, he needs a practical demonstration. The Holy Spirit’s gift to Matthew lies in the timely appearance of Matthew’s Nana.

It seemed to Matthew that Grandad Roger was always reading the paper. Barbara, …


Everyone A Priest (0)

Fr John Rea sm

Fr John Rea sm

What follows is the text of a Sermon Preached by
Fr John Rea sm 

It happened some time during the exodus.  The Israelites were drawn up in their tribes around the tent of meeting.  They were grumbling and their discontent was aimed at Moses and Aaron.  Then God intervened.  He showed his presence in a bright and shining cloud above the …

Theological Reflection»

Mary for Today: Mary and the Image of God (II) (0)

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

The Early Centuries: Early Christian history, pre-Constantine, has found similarities between early church cult of Mary and the pervasive cults of the great mother.  Readers of Jean Auel’s popular ‘Earth’s Children’ series would be familiar with the cult in the Mediterranean world into which the church was moving.  Little is known about how elements of the Hellenistic cults of female …