Mark 7:24-37 Then Jesus returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him.

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Several years ago, I was at church meeting where we were discussing liturgical rubrics. There was heated discussion over a number of issues: Should the congregation be standing or kneeling during the Eucharistic prayer? What is the most reverent way to

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Fr James Martin visits Corpus Christi Church and 35 Perry Street - two New York City sites that played a key role in the spiritual journey of Thomas Merton, in America magazine.

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Cardinal Martini’s last unplanned interview caused a real stir. The whole world heard about the news because of the cardinal’s description of the Catholic Church as being “200 years out of date” and his comments about the need for

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Two primary schools celebrate their 150th anniversaries - one in Melbourne (pictured) and another in Sydney, new life for a young Timorese girl, the Knights of Malta donate 2000 coats to the needy, and three cousins share an educational award. Primary

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A film's shock mix of sex and faith causes a stir at the Venice film festival, in England a Pax Christi trio are arrested over graffiti, the Pope asks African Catholics to defend the faith, and an Italian media report alleges 20 others - in addition to the

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Sr Anne Montgomery, left, pictured with Sr Megan Rice in a 2010 photo Sr Anne Montgomery rscj November 30, 1926 -  August 27, 2012 Nuclear weapons posed such a grave danger to all life on earth in the eyes of Sacred Heart Sr Anne Montgomery

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The War on Heresy: Faith and power in medieval Europe by R. I. Moore (Profile) - Reviewed by Diarmaid MacCulloch There are those who still take a generally benevolent view of medieval Crusades, even if only for the sake of the various fringe benefits

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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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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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