Fostering grace

07-Sep-2012
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Vera and Lloyd have been married for 43 years, and while they haven’t always lived on their rural property, it was a wonderful day when “Gravelly” became theirs. For Lloyd, growing up in Blackalls Park in the Hunter Valley in NSW, Vera was

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In an interview with John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter, Cardinal William Levada, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, expresses the opinion that the Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women

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Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3 (For the Pharisees, and all

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Jesus means ‘saviour’. When we use the word, saviour, we can think of being saved from something or we can think of being saved for something. Both of these things are important for our understanding of grace which is a gift from God that we

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Fr Thomas Rosica, CSB and Sebastian Gomes speak with Supreme Knight Carl Anderson at the 2012 Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention in Anaheim, California, on Salt + Light.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan's appearance at both the Republican and Democratic conventions is a sign Catholics have an important place in the US political process and shows Dolan can raise above partisan politics, according to a professor at a Catholic university,

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Queensland students use pedal power for charity, families are urged to be part of a drive for a safer church and Sydney educator Sr Margaret Ghosn (pictured) launches her book. Educator's book launch (Parramatta Advertiser)  Pedal power

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Irish Cardinal Brady (pictured) makes a plea on the abortion debate, animal rights activists disrupt a mass in Peru, an American girl finds a message in her communion balloon 11 years later and the Pope is hurt by criticism from the church in Germany. Pope

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Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, SJ December 3, 1923 – August 22, 2012 Cardinal Paul Shan Kuo-hsi, the retired bishop of Kaohsiung, Taiwan, died  on August 22  at the age of 88, the Vatican newspaper reported. He had been diagnosed with lung

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Naples imbroglio

31-Aug-2012
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Street Fight in Naples: A Book of Art and Insurrection by Peter Robb (Allen & Unwin) - Reviewed by Sebastian Smee The first time I read Peter Robb’s Midnight in Sicily was also the first time I travelled around Sicily. The first and only.

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Mark Stanley, a policeman and convert to the Catholic Church, says his moment of grace came when he felt most alone and afraid – torn between his heavy-handed profession and a growing awareness of God in his life, reports The Southern Cross. “For

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Have you heard the one about the Jesuit doing stand-up comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe? With just one performance remaining of his show, Learning to Pray in Front of the Television, Jake Martin SJ tells Thinking Faith what it has been like to take the

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John 6:60-69 When many of Jesus’ disciples heard his words, they said, ‘This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?’ 61But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, ‘Does this offend you?

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Within the Catholic Church, the topic of vocation often focuses on the priesthood and religious life. Marriage, family and single life, or one’s chosen work, tend to be discussed as an afterthought. When I Googled “vocation in the Catholic

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Home of Pro Life was established few years ago by three Catholics who are concerned with street children and those who have no relatives. They have lived in different locations, and now they are settled in Matraman, East Jakarta.

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Villa St Joseph by the Sea in Ventnor, New Jersey, is being sold by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia --- Of all the organisations that serve America’s poor, few do more good work than the Catholic church: its schools and hospitals provide a

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A new principal for Trinity College in northern NSW, across the border police investigate a blaze in a Gold Coast school, and in Sandringham, Victoria, Sr Patrice Timoney (pictured) wages a battle on behalf of nursing home residents. New

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Paul Ryan, US Republican Vice-Presidential candidate --- English breakaway group seeks unity with Rome, Nigerian bishops appeal for international help, US Catholics pray for the Vice-Presidential candidates to have a change of heart, and Argentine bishops

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Oswaldo Payá February 29, 1952 – July 22, 2012 Cuban activist Oswaldo Payá , who spent decades speaking out against the communist government of Fidel and Raul Castro and became one of the most powerful voices of dissent against their

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Anthony Shadid at the Ras Lanouf frontline, Libya, March 2011 --- House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) - Reviewed by Patrick Cockburn In 2006, Anthony Shadid visited the

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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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