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Prayer blog: Making an Option for God

11 Jan 2016 | Beth Doherty

The beginning of the year brings all kinds of resolutions and promises. Fresh starts, new commitments, a different outlook. It’s a bit like Lent for Catholics. We might give something up, or take up something. 

Prayer blog: God: Tiny, Unassuming, Lying at our Feet

16 Dec 2015 | Peter Day

To some of us it’s a time to pause, to reflect, to stand in awe. But to the vast majority of us it’s the silly season: a time of over-eating, drinking, buying, selling, worrying, partying, beaching, and pressured family gatherings. And don’t the silly season preachers love it; out of hibernation they come to herald their version of the good news - news that is best delivered away from pulpits and outside of Sundays. And what a persuasive, well-packaged homily it is: a seductive narrative that draws so many in: ‘CHRISTMAS IS A TIME FOR GIVING.’ 

Prayer blog: Making 'Xmas' more Christian

09 Dec 2015 |  Michael McVeigh

Celebrating Christmas in different parts of the world can be an interesting experience. One year, I was visiting my sister in Dubai. It was an amazing experience to visit bright shopping malls, covered in tinsel and other non-religious festive decorations, playing non-religious Christmas tunes, with not a Christian symbol in sight. The celebration was there, and there was a significant warmth to it. But it had become something very different in the majority Muslim culture - Xmas, or Christmas without Christ. 

Prayer blog: The discomfort of the Gospel

02 Dec 2015 | Christina Rocha

Prayer blog regular Christina Rocha explores the discomfort of the Gospels and why Christians should remain vigilant against comfort.

Prayer blog: 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.

Prayer blog: 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.

Prayer blog: 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.

Prayer blog: 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.

Prayer blog: 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.

Prayer blog: 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'.











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