We experience our true selves in the presence of a God who out of respect for us never coerces but rather invites our receptive attention.  To be open to respond to the non-assertive presence of God in our lives is our true vocation.  With the

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God does not settle, God summons. This is what I call the God of second chances; the one who, despite our persistent failings, calls us back to those higher aspirations. There are a lot of prodigal sons and daughters among us, people who leave, return, and

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Fertility education should be right up there with pap smears and breast scans as a "must do" for good sexual and reproductive healthcare, natural family planning expert Cheryl Curnow says. "This information is knowledge every woman

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The Edmund Rice Centre has welcomed the Australian Government's decision to launch a Pacific Guest Worker Scheme but it says that the Government also needs to address indigenous unemployment here. "The Edmund Rice Centre welcomes the Australian

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Pope Benedict has approved the beatification of Louis and Marie Zelie Guerin Martin, the parents of St Therese of Lisieux, the Holy See has announced. The couple will be beatified October 19, World Mission Sunday, during a Mass in the Basilica of St

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A group of priests from five Asian countries have called for a continent wide meeting of diocesan clergy. UCA News reports the priests from India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Timor Leste made the proposal at a meeting with Fr Franco

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A Mexican priest has provoked a firestorm of protest after he sounded the alarm against miniskirts. Associated Press reports Fr Sergio G. Roman sounded the alarm against miniskirts in an online publication to prepare Catholics for a church family values

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What is required for the Olympic Games to be authentic in their very essence, without which that essence is lost? One important element is that athletes must compete only on the basis of their own natural talent, unenhanced by prohibited means such as

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The Young Christian Worker (YCW) movement was considered by many social analysts to be the most significant cooperative development initiative in Australia since the end of World War II. Founded on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, YCW is an

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St Paul's life holds a lesson for all of us. His achievements flowed from his extraordinary personal involvement in announcing the Gospel, and his total dedication to Christ, despite all kinds of problems and persecutions. Like St Paul, we too are on a

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As the Victorian parliament considers a bill that would remove restrictions on abortions up to 24 weeks, Apostolic Signatura head, Archbishop Raymond Burke, has said pro-abortion politicians should not receive communion. Communion should be denied to

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NSW student Emma Newhouse has lost a nearly completed quilt that was her major work for her Year 12 textile assessment after it may have been mixed up with blankets for Vinnies. Emma, who attends Good Samaritan Catholic College at Hinchinbrook, was

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As Sydney Airport announced that World Youth Day pilgrims had helped set a new daily arrivals record, Cardinal George Pell launched a book of talks by Pope Benedict during his Australian visit for WYD. Cardinal Pell launched the publication of Dear

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A Jordanian government project to develop the site of Jesus' baptism into a global pilgrimage destination is making major headway with a Catholic church already completed and six other churches and monasteries in various stages of completion. Jordan's

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Jaffna Bishop Thomas Savundaranayagam has appealed for assistance after nearly 200,000 people were forced to flee their homes after renewed fighting between Sri Lankan government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels. Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the

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Brisbane Archbishop John Bathersby is considering whether the controversial St Mary's parish at South Brisbane "is in communion with the Catholic Church" after a parishioner protested to the Vatican over a Buddha-like statue.   A member

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Catholic Earthcare chair and Wilcannia-Forbes Bishop Chris Toohey says that it is urgent for Australians to get involved in addressing the degradation of the Murray-Darling basin. The restoration of the health of the Murray, Murrumbidgee, Darling and

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Son of Rambow is a very entertaining story of two young boys and their friendship, though it raises the perennial questions of how much movies influence behaviour, attitudes and desensitising because of violence. You know it is going to have a

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State appointed Bishop Joseph Li Shan said yesterday that there are "big developments" in relations between China and the Holy See and that he is hoping for a visit by Pope Benedict. "We strongly hope that Benedict XVI will make a trip

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If you want to remind yourself of what websites looked like before they adopted visually appealing design features, then this site is one you should visit. Its visual deficiencies though may have something to do with the massive number and diversity of

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Mass on Demand

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From St Mary’s, North Sydney. The first Mass of the day on YouTube

Mass Online

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here... 

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