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PrayerBlog: When bad things happen to good people

23 Nov 2015 | Brendan Nicholls

The abhorrent attacks in Paris two weeks ago have been at the forefront of our conversations. Sadly our world has seen these types of events before, in both affluent and in impoverished countries. We of course take more notice when these things happen in ‘safe’ places.


Prayerblog: I struggle, therefore I am

16 Nov 2015 | Genevieve Nicoll

I wonder whether I am brave enough to write about this. I am a 29-year-old woman and I know that there are many life experiences I haven’t had, sorrows whose depths I haven’t plumbed. I honestly believe, that no matter who we are or how old we are, our lives have significant bumps in them. There are times of intense pain and struggle where we wonder how we can go on. There are times of hurt and betrayal where our hearts feel like they are crushed, torn, broken and bleeding. All we want is to be fixed, made whole again and never ever have to bear this pain again.


PrayerBlog: Do you have any change?

11 Nov 2015 | Michael Walter

I’m lost in Melbourne walking down Little Lonsdale St attempting to find a Japanese restaurant where I’ll later meet some friends. As I walk towards Elizabeth St I see a lady with a pram about to cross the road. She looks me straight in the eyes and asks if I have any change. I’ve developed a habit where I try as much as possible to give some money or food when asked.


PrayerBlog: My Communion of Saints

04 Nov 2015 | Christina Rocha

I have just returned to Australia after spending some time with family overseas.  It was a time of joy and consolation, of much laughter and story-telling, and of feeling completely at ease in the presence of those who have known me and my kin since before I was born.  It was also a time of grief as family friends were farewelled and buried, and as goodbyes were said before embarking on the plane back to Australia, in the knowledge of the very real possibility we may not see each other again in this world.


Prayerblog: Cups of Tea with the Queen of Heaven

21 Oct 2015 | Peta Edmonds

The Sisters of Mercy first came into my life on the eve of the millenium. They were plain clothed nuns.


PrayerBlog: The music of encounter

19 Oct 2015 | Michael McVeigh

I was talking recently with a Catholic liturgical musician about the songs that people enjoy hearing at Mass, and the conflicts that take place over what's going to be played and sung on a particular Sunday. I had an embarrassing confession to make: 'To be honest, I don't really like any of the music I hear at Mass'.


PrayerBlog: The Gift of the Mass

12 Oct 2015 | Genevieve Nicoll

I have a confession to make: I’ve become a Mass junkie. There’s a hunger that’s developed recently that seems to be a grace. I have been wary of it, asked myself if it’s authentic, but the sense of consolation I feel makes me believe that the Lord is blessing me at the moment. 


Prayerblog: My heaven, my castle and my joy

06 Oct 2015 | Maddy Kuyken

The idea of heaven is that of clouds, people in white clothing, angels and God waiting at the gates for us. Yet for some people their view is slightly different. For me I imagine all of my family and beloved lost pets waiting for me at the gates, waiting with open arms to be able to embrace for me all eternity.


Prayerblog: All creatures great and small

24 Sep 2015 | Beth Doherty

Full disclosure here: I rather like cats. The site of a little mangy abandoned kitten can reduce me to sobs. Pope Benedict XVI apparently liked them too, and according to one source confided to the Father General of the Jesuits that the cats hanging around St Peter’s Square were ‘the audience that listened to him.’ 


Prayerblog: Shalom: Judaism through a Christian lens

22 Sep 2015 | Helen Jacobs


Last week, on 22 September, Yom Kippur was celebrated in the Jewish tradition. The holiest day in the Jewish calender, Yom Kippur is the day of atonement. We bring you this blog from a Catholic Canberra writer who had a privileged visit to a Synagogue as part of an interfaith excursion. 


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