23 May 2013

Image: Google --- BY GARRY EVERETT Sometimes the import of a message is best communicated through the emotions, rather than the reasons. When we try to explain what ‘the new life of Easter’ is really like, we stumble in our attempts to use

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23 May 2013

BY JOHN RYAN New experiences beyond the age of 70 that impact significantly on one’s life are rare. I often think about experiences that might provide me with a deeper understanding of my faith. Flying in a glider was one such experience but until a

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23 May 2013
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BY DRASKO DIZDAR Why did Jesus have to die? I am often asked this question by both teachers and students in Catholic schools – especially around this time of year (Eastertide). Another question they often ask is: How can you believe in God when there

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23 May 2013

BY DAMIEN BRENNAN Our presence to others can be a both an affirming and a challenging thing. Sometimes we are ‘in the zone’, aware of and engaging well with others. At other times the distractions of life, or the many gadgets we carry with us,

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23 May 2013

BY NOEL CONNOLLY This Easter, I did not have any lecturing commitments or a supply so I went to the local parish for all the major ceremonies of Holy Week. The ceremonies were good: prayerful, beautiful and spiritually nourishing. Sitting in the pews, I

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23 May 2013

BY JOEL HODGE At Jesus’ death, the Gospels recount cosmic and liturgical acts occurring, such as the temple veil being torn in two. These acts present to us the fulfilment of God’s action in history in which God is present to and reconciled with

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23 May 2013
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BY STEFAN GIGACZ In his latest post, Leonardo Boff cites Robert Müller, a former top UN official born in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France, who went on to found the University of Peace and became known as the "father of global education": Robert

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23 May 2013
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Image: Perth Now --- BY LOUISE McKEOGH Earlier this month, my radio alarm woke me up to the news that a boat containing 66 Sri Lankan asylum seekers had reached Geraldton, just 425km north of Perth.  The radio announcer highlighted that the boat

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23 May 2013

BY BRIAN DOYLE You know what no one talks about when they talk about the Mass? The panoply of scents, the plethora of sensory adventures through the doors of your nose, the layered and complex and lovely subtle messages you smell in Mass. For instance: the

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23 May 2013

BY DANIEL ANG Intense discussion about reform in the Catholic Church has accompanied the first weeks of Pope Francis’ pontificate and finds additional impetus here in Australia with the commencement of a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to

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23 May 2013
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BY STEFAN GIGACZ “Lest we forget,” a local woman said to me in her strong French accent over lunch yesterday near the Western Front battlefield town of Bullecourt. It was her way of entering into the spirit of Australia's big day in the

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