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God rested. Let’s do likewise

By Laura Kelly Fanucci Writing this column almost made a liar out of me. “I’ll write about leisure,” I had decided one morning at Mass, snuggled next to a rarely calm child, soaking in the Sunday quiet. A perfect topic for July’s sultry weather and a gentle reminder of how God calls us to [...]

Facing our tough hours

Father Ronald Rolheiser Discernment isn’t an easy thing. Take this dilemma: When we find ourselves in a situation that’s causing us deep interior anguish, do we walk away, assuming that the presence of such pain is an indication that this isn’t the right place for us, that something’s terminally wrong [...]

Years of dialogue bringing Christian churches closer

Bishop Brian Farrell addressing the Global Christian Forum in Bogotá, Colombia. Photo: Vatican News Christians from different churches are much closer today moving towards a situation of trust and confidence and complete openness in their ecumenical dialogues, said Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting [...]

The choices we face every day

By Father Ronald Rolheiser We all struggle to not give in to coldness and hatred. This was even a struggle for Jesus. Like the rest of us, He had to struggle, mightily at times, to remain warm and loving. It’s interesting to trace this out in the Gospel of Luke. [...]

Trusting God with courage for He never fails

God’s unfailing providence and protective love faithfully reaches out to sustain us during our most difficult moments. Photo: VITA Images Monsignor Philip Heng, SJ Reflect on the lives of people around us and in the world for a moment: Migrant workers labouring in the heat and rain, faceless [...]

CHANCERY NOTICE – 25 June 2020

APPOINTMENTS 1. Fr Terence Kesavan is appointed to head the Archdiocesan Office for Human Resource (AHR) for a term of two [2] years, with effect from 1 July 2020. 2. The following have been re-appointed to the Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Interreligious Dialogue (ACCIRD) for a term of two [2] [...]

Prayer and discernment during a lockdown

David Lonsdale During extended periods of isolation, we are likely to be more-than-usually sensitive to changes of mood. Ignatius of Loyola’s  own experience of this led him to develop techniques to respond to feelings of ‘darkness and disturbance’. By exploring Ignatius’s reflections on his experience of isolation, prayer and discernment, [...]

The gift of the Rosary

The rosary helps us to meditate on the life of Jesus and the stories of the Gospels. Photo: VITA Images How much do we really know about this universal prayer? FATHER GERARD LOUIS SHARES MORE Apart from the Mass, the rosary is perhaps the most well-known Catholic prayer. [...]

God awaits us in our darkest moments, says Pope

Vatican City – In our darkest moments God awaits us and is ready to transform us, said Pope Francis Reflecting on Jacob’s struggle with an angel described in the Book of Genesis, he said this episode offered an insight into prayer.  Jacob is the son of Isaac and grandson of [...]