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Reflections


The saint who watched the door

21 Aug 2018 | Peter Fleming

St Alphonsus Rodriguez is proof that there are many paths to holiness, and that there is holiness in many paths.


A confirmation memory

21 Aug 2018 | Tatiasna Kurniawan

In a homily I once heard, the priest spoke about how our church only ever overflowed two days a year – Christmas and Easter. But sacraments like confirmation definitely provide a third opportunity.


What young people want

21 Aug 2018 | Luke Bogoni

Luke BogoniStarting out his career as a teacher, Luke Bogoni remembered how boring he’d found RE class. So he asked his students what they wanted out of the class, and was surprised by their response.


My spiritual landscape

21 Aug 2018 | Ann Rennie

spring flower in meadowHow we see ourselves in relation to God is shaped by our background, our community, our experiences and our desires.


A letter to an old rocker

21 Aug 2018 | Michael McGirr

bruce springsteenDear Bruce Springsteen, Many of your songs tell stories of struggling people and celebrate their dignity.


A mission that endures

20 Aug 2018 | Suzanne Greenwood

cabrini nursesCatholic Health Australia was one of the original sponsors of Australian Catholics magazine. This year it celebrates its 40th anniversary. Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Greenwood reflects on how Catholic health has changed over the years.


A letter to Dr Frankenstein

22 May 2018 | Michael McGirr

frankenstein monster face close upDear Dr Frankenstein, Congratulations on your 200th birthday. We all know that fictional characters can outlive real ones but, even so, two hundred years is a pretty good effort.


The coat I wear

21 May 2018 | Ann Rennie

American essayist Brian Doyle wrote, ‘Catholic is my language, Catholic is the coat I wear, Catholic is the house in which I live.’ I know just what he means.


St Gianna Beretta Molla

21 May 2018 | Peter Fleming

St Gianna BerettaIn this issue our Saint for all Seasons is St Gianna Beretta Molla – the patron saint of the right to life. 


The Romero Prayer

05 Feb 2018 | Bishop Ken Untener

Illustration of dove of peaceThis prayer was composed by Bishop Ken Untener of Saginaw, drafted for a homily by Cardinal John Dearden in November 1979 for a celebration of departed priests. It is often and widely shared as 'The Oscar Romero Prayer'. While Archbishop Romero never uttered these words, the prayer itself is a powerful summary of his legacy, and the legacy of all prophetic voices in the Church. 


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