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Religion

  • Personal prayer insights

    When we pray, we discover the grace of the openness in which God is given to us. It is the Lord who takes the initiative in this divine-human dialogue and relationship, and we tend to become deeply conscious of what happens to us in this...

  • Quotes and news

    The singing nuns of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in the US, have made history by becoming the first group since 2006 to top the chart for a long period of time with a classical album. The album released by the nuns is called Angels...

  • Resisting fear

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 18, 6-9; Hebrews 11, 1-2.8-19; Luke 12, 32-48. One of the greatest revelations of the gospel is in the words of Jesus conveyed to us today: “There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to...

  • When greed takes its toll

    When greed takes its toll

    “Focusing our life solely on making more money shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of ourselves. Because it’s only when we hitch our wagon to something larger than ourselves that we realise our true potential,” US President...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis described consumerism as a poison that threatens true happiness. He said that on the contrary, membership of the Church leads to true happiness. “The encounter with the living Jesus, in the great family that is the Church, fills the...

  • Making sense of life

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiastes 1,2.2,21-23; Colossians 3, 1-5.9-11; Luke 12, 13-21. Considering the attention that we pay on a daily basis to vanity in this day and age does not really help make our faith in Jesus Christ more relevant and credible.

  • There is no looking back

    There is no looking back

    Undeniably, Pope Benedict XVI will be remembered as the one of the great popes of the 21st century and one of the great theologians of our time, a Pope of dialogue between faith and reason… a holy Pope. But his indelible mark on the modern...

  • Quotes and news

    Bishop Walker Nickless of Sioux City, Iowa, the US, has criticised Republican congressman Steve King because of his remarks about young irregular immigrants. The bishop said he was disappointed by King’s remarks as they undermined immigrants’...

  • Way of the heart

    Today’s readings: Genesis 18, 20-32; Colossians 2, 12-24; Luke 11, 1-13. Today’s first reading sounds quasi-comical and gives a picture of God very distant from the theological or juridical concept we perpetuate. God resolves to destroy a city,...

  • Voluntary work strengthens the relationship of a couple

    Voluntary work is an essential part of character building. It teaches you to give without expecting anything in return. This is so much needed in today’s society, and in particular in marriage today. In the past, couples got married and stayed...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis recently published Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), his first encyclical letter dedicated to faith. Pope Benedict had already done a lot of work on it and Pope Francis just added the finishing touches. These are some extracts: Faith...

  • Social and contemplative

    Today’s readings: Genesis 18,1-10; Colossians 1,24-28; Luke 10,38-42. If we were to take seriously the truths about our humanity, we would make it a point to constantly remind the world we live in that the way things are is not the way they have...

  • Spiritual consolation and desolation

    Spiritual consolation and desolation

    Christian spirituality is a way of being, of relating, of living with a determined interior sense. It is more than just a list of programmed things to achieve, or a correct way to deal with others. It has to do with your deep spiritual senses...

  • Quotes and news

    The Migrant’s Way of the Cross is a book just published outlining the perils and difficulties migrants from Central America and Mexico face in their journey to the US. In the book, Fr Simon Kim tells the stories of these immigrants while adding...

  • In the public square

    Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 30, 10-14; Colossians 1, 15-20; Luke 10, 25-37. Faith is authentic when it is humanised. The profession of faith in God by itself is not the guarantee of a good life, even if we as believers often repeat the slogan...

  • Science and faith

    Science and faith

    October 11, 2012, marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and heralded the Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI. It was an invitation for Catholics to renew their relationship with Christ and the...

  • Quotes and news

    These are extracts from a statement by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference on the upcoming federal election in Australia: “The principles of social teaching cross party political boundaries and Catholics may, in good conscience, form...

  • The making of a mission

    Isaiah 66, 10-14; Galatians 6, 14-18; Luke 10, 1-12.17-20. There is an extremely rich biblical imagery in today’s readings that should help us broaden our understanding of mission and Church in the face of a very significant adaptive challenge.

  • Preparing for marriage

    Preparing for marriage

    As the fragility of marriages increases, so does the lavishness of weddings. Are we investing in form at the expense of substance? People may disagree about what marriage is. But all newly-weds agree that weddings are becoming a costly nightmare.

  • Quotes and news

    Following the decision of the Government of Nigeria to re-introduce capital punishment after a seven-year moratorium, the Catholic bishops denounced it as “a clear departure from modernity to savagery”. “Just when we believe that Nigeria was on...

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