It is Christmas time again, thank God, and our hearts grow fuller. There is a magic to Christmas, as you can see in the eyes of children. For us adults it is also the time of grace.
In the Christian tradition, the season of Advent ushers in a time of anticipation, excitement and hope as we look forward to celebrating the birth of Christ at Christmas.
As we continue along our journey to the Plenary 2020, it is worth reflecting on the parable of the wheat and weeds. The hands wanted to pull out the weeds that an enemy had planted in the crop, but the farmer wisely noted that to do so would kill the wheat too, so intertwined were the roots of both wheat and weeds.
More than 150 years ago a small group of Irish settlers on Yorke Peninsula set about building a church for their growing community, culminating in the opening of St Francis of Assisi Church by Bishop Sheil on December 12 1869.
The South Australian and Northern Territory Professional Standards Office explains how it is bringing trauma informed and compassionate responses to abuse and misconduct.
We have never had so much materially or scientifically. We have a way of life adorned with creature comforts that were unthinkable not so long ago, and with the technology to enable opportunities that formerly we could only dream of.
Pope Francis’ foremost priority should be top-to-bottom culture change in the Catholic Church, specifically: fostering a spirit of urgency, bringing new talent to all decision-making tables and creating openness to radically new ideas.
When my husband and I were preparing to marry 33 years ago, it was with some trepidation that we had our first meeting with the parish priest Monsignor Tom Horgan.
I love bookshops. I can spend hours in them, wandering from bookshelf to bookshelf picking out titles and turning them over to read the blurb on the back. Often it’s the feel of the paperback or the image on the front cover that forces me to choose it. Buying an e-book and reading it on a Kindle just isn’t the same. It might work for some, but not for me.