06 Apr 2010

Some people are minor prophets – and that is is no way to diminish them or what they do. They are the ones who raise their voices above the tinny clamour of commerce and the seductions of the superficial. Their words are real and resonant, truth

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06 Apr 2010

Sisters of St Joseph at the canonisation (from the CathNews Gallery) --- You would have thought that the glories of Sunday’s canonisation – the brilliant weather in Rome for Pope Benedict’s recognition of St Mary of the Cross

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06 Apr 2010

"Protestantism and Popery are real religions ..... but the Via Media scarcely has existence except on paper  ....  it still remains to be tried whether .. [it] can be professed and maintained in a large sphere of action." (Newman, The Prophetical

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06 Apr 2010

Jesus’ reply (Lk 8:19-21) to those seeking access to Him on behalf of  His mother: “My mother and my brethren are those who hear the word of God and do it” continues to disconcert, and mystify, those who do not understand, or accept,

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06 Apr 2010

Gerard Manley Hopkins (pictured) and Francis Webb are two poets I go back to again and again.  Hopkins I have loved ever since an enthusiastic Irish Jesuit, Cornelius (Con) Finn SJ introduced him to me, thirty odd years ago.  I particularly

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06 Apr 2010

In recent decades, there have been tensions in the Church over liturgical and communal life. With criticisms from some “parish tea party” liturgies that focus on the community rather than God, and others complaining of liturgies removed from

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06 Apr 2010

BY CHRISTINE HOGAN This past week, the discussion boards of CathNews seemed to have settled down into a post-Canonisation lull. I say seem to have, because deprived of a daily diet of St Mary (twice a day in the case of the special CathNews editions for our

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06 Apr 2010

BY MICK MacANDREW I chose to get ordained a priest on a very significant date for our Australian Church, at least for me. It was 15th January, the birth date of Mary MacKillop.  I have been inspired by the life and work of this great Australian woman

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06 Apr 2010

BY ELIZABETH McKENZIEThe phrase ‘the will of God’ has been popping in and out of general conversation in recent weeks. One of the guidelines for sainthood, for example, requires a commitment to do ‘the will of God’ in one’s

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06 Apr 2010

BY CARMEL PILCHER Sister Carmel Pilcher is pictured at right at the Prayers of the Faithful during the Mass of Thanksgiving (a Beth Doherty image from the CathNews Gallery). --- Now that the dust has settled and many of us who made the long pilgrimage

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06 Apr 2010

“They fell from their own success. They had lived in an hermetically sealed environment of self-reinforcing virtue and they were not inoculated against the corruption that they came into with success.” – The Rise and Fall of Sparta. Three

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