Each time and each culture has its reasons to believe. In the past, philosophers asserted God's existence and reasonable nature of faith.  Today, psychologists propose faith as a means to mental health and personal fulillment.  We Christians

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BY SISTER HILDEGARD RYAN OSB Jesus is zealous for His Father’s House.  He will not have His Father’s House profaned in any way.   The “money” is symbolic of the “false gods” of this world. The Temple is

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BY FATHER CLEM HILL In the first and second centuries, the fast before Easter was compulsory.   The whole community kept a 40-hour fast on the Friday and Saturday before Easter Sunday when no food or drink was taken whatsoever.  It was seen

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BY VIRGINIA RYAN The NRL season will start this week. All eyes will be on Wayne Bennett.  Can he do it again? Can he take a group of talented, rough diamonds and by some miracle transform them into ‘Knights in shining

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BY NATIONAL CATHOLIC EDUCATION COMMISSION The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) will accept the Australian Government’s invitation to participate fully in the analysis of the recommendations of the Report on Funding for Schooling released

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The talk surrounding schooling is most often about equity. One of the many pre-emptive comments ahead of last week’s release of the Gonski Report on education funding was from Bishop Greg O’Kelly of the South Australian rural diocese of Port

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Patrick Whitebread, last year's school captain at St Francis Xavier's College in Maitland-Newcastle Diocese, is about to embark on the next act of his life, having won a place at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. His first appearance

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Blogger Laura writes at Catholic Teacher Musings: Recently, I approached a much-admired co-worker who has been teaching for over 30 years. For the 10 years I have worked with her, I have never seen her in a bad mood, and she always has a pleasant sense

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In recent weeks the national and state Catholic education offices have been showing signs they're concerned about the Gonski report. Dr Michael Furtado works on a social inclusion project aimed at mainstreaming children with disabilities in

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  Mosman’s Sacred Heart Primary School students say “Welcome to Sacred Heart” in many languages.   FULL ARTICLE: Welcome to Sacred Heart (Sacred Heart Catholic School)

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Jayneen Sanders, Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept  Upload Publishing  Some conversations in life are awkward, usually the important ones that should not be delayed. The importance and urgency of such conversations doesn't make broaching

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I am frequently asked what I think is the greatest need in the Church today. Because of my work - and much of my writing - people presume how I will answer.  They expect me to be what they call "action oriented" and "practical."  My answer is

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BY SISTER HILDEGARD RYAN OSB Read the Gospel from Mark 1:29-39. One writer describes this account as a contemplative reflection on the Easter reality.  And within this contemplative mystery on the Mount of the Transfiguration, we are commanded to

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Now the green blade rises from the buried grain,Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain; The Lenten integration of the phases of nature and of the phases of the human journey to God are enshrined in the various seasons of our liturgical

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BY CARMEL BENDON DAVIS “Guess what, Mummy?” my five-year old gasped as we arrived home after her second day of school. “Ah, you made a new friend?” I suggested. “Better than that. Mrs Brown gave us homework, just like the

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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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Daily Prayer

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

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