The Trinity for beginners, A Trinitarian Primer By Neil Ormerod, St Pauls, PB, $12.95, 95pp While the Trinity is fundamental to Christian belief, it is a doctrine that is confusing to many people. This brief book aims to explain what the Christian tradition

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I went to a friend's place for lunch on Monday. He is a baptised Catholic, but he's also strictly observant of Jewish law. When he fasts, he really fasts. That means no meat, no fish, no milk, no butter, no eggs, no oil and no alcohol for the duration of

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The chance to sidestep the distractions of a frenetic world is rare. It's reassuring, therefore, to discover there are places where the outside world need not intrude. A retreat can offer spiritual sanctuary, perhaps, but - above all - peace, quiet and even

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Matthew 4:1-11  Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command

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A lot of the literature written about the season of Lent would give the impression that we’re about to begin a really grim and gloomy time as we prepare for the celebration of Easter. This is not so, writes Archbishop Phillip Wilson, President of

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Xt3.com, the Australian online Catholic social network, has unveiled a new online calendar for Lent. This new calendar offers daily reflections, passages from Scripture, videos that explain Catholic teaching, and stories from the lives of the saints.The

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Pope Benedict XVI’s new book Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week addresses misunderstandings about Jesus and helps renew the study of the Bible, according to a panel of scholars, the Catholic News Agency reports. Dr Brant Pitre, a Catholic professor of

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A resolution about the funding of the ACT Calvary hospital negotiation takes this complex issue one step forward. Other noteworthy items included the appointment of a lay principal at Salesian College in Sunbury, a raft of clergy appointments in the

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The argument for Mother Teresa to be considered a mystic received prominent coverage this week. Other items of note include Pakistan examining the martyrdom credentials of its murdered minister, the Vatican's new financial director and the choice of an

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One of those rare individuals who might have been called a true monster of the 20th century passed away a week or so ago, with the fairly good chance that by the time of his death he was what Catholics would call a saint. Bernard Nathanson, who died last

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Catholic Social Teaching in Global Perspective  David McDonald SJ (ed.) Orbis Books , 2010In this book, some leading Catholic scholars identify resources and difficulties in the formal Catholic social traditions, while other writers explore how Catholic

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Tuesday marked both International Women’s Day and Shrove Tuesday. The second is problematic in Sydney, which hosts a world-famous Gay Mardi Gras every year, a festival of vulgar depravity which leaves the inner city knee-deep in litter and filth. In

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If philosophy is the search for truth and knowledge, for most of the past 55 years Father John Begley helped and guided students for the priesthood with their own searches for those qualities.The fondness with which he is remembered shows that philosophers

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William Wardell: Building with Conviction by Anthony G. Evans (Connor Court Publishing rrp $39.95)During his only visit to Australia, a year before his death, my seminary classmate and friend from our shared Roman days, Professor Adrian Hastings, was amazed

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Every time there is another report about Charlie Sheen entering rehab, spewing weirdness on the Today show, or being the butt of late-night talk shows, all I can think is, “Poor Martin.”It can’t be easy to watch your son implode on every

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Life values took centre stage this week, with vigorous coverage of the Greens' proposed bill in Parliament which would give states the potential to make decisions about euthanasia, abortion and gay marriage. Abortion is also the focus of the 40 Days for

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Political refugees in Laos and Libya, together with court cases in India and Britain, led the list of items in this week's international digest. Quirky stories about the origins of Biblical blue, and the gender breakdown of Vatican citizens added to the

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Gospel Matthew 7:21-29 Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord”, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22On that day many will say to me, “Lord,

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Last year the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference launched an online program called The Reflection, to coincide with Lent. It was enormously successful, with more than 30,000 people logging on to join the bishops in exploring the Sunday

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In his latest volume of Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict XVI says the condemnation of Christ had complex political and religious causes and cannot be blamed on the Jewish people as a whole, reports the Catholic News Service. The pope also said it was a

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

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Live streamed from Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara

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

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