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Emily is a former ACPA award winning editor and journalist turned stay at home mum and blogger. She lives on a farm in regional NSW with her husband and their five children where she spends the time she should be doing housework reading books and writing posts.

Build Community

Build Community

  I’ve been working on a history book, alongside a priest from my diocese, for our upcoming diocesan centenary and as I’ve been writing chapters about the foundation of local parishes I’ve found myself lamenting days gone by. Ah, you say, the grass is always greener and I couldn’t agree more. No, I am not […]

Exercising The Little Grey Cells

Exercising The Little Grey Cells

  The following is a short story example by one of our own to encourage entries in our YCM Catholic Detective Short Story Competition! Hopefully you enjoy this one and are inspired to write your own! – Emily   “I should have made an excellent detective,” exclaimed Prudence Fairweather, casting aside the latest Agatha Christie […]

Jesus We’re Here And We Love You

Jesus We’re Here And We Love You

  To say we struggled with the services over Easter this year is something of an understatement. And Good Friday proved to be too much altogether. To begin with, the cathedral was packed and our family of seven ended up being divided into two pews one behind the other which of course, Masters 3 and […]

God’s Nudging Comes In Silence

God’s Nudging Comes In Silence

  Master 9 and I were talking about Saint Anthony of Padua this week. It was his feast day and I’d taken the kids to a weekday Mass that evening. Master 9 asked how long it was after we asked Saint Anthony for help that he answered. It was, and remains, a good question. And […]

Don’t Wait, Lead!

Don’t Wait, Lead!

  I have been devouring The Benedict Option by Rob Dreher (which, if you haven’t heard of yet you need to google it now and order a copy, I’m just saying) and whilst I am really loving the content there is something that’s bugging me. I mean, this guy has taken the time to research […]

How I Find Time To Blog

How I Find Time To Blog

  If there’s one question that I get asked a lot it’s this: how do you find the time to blog? Yes, I daresay that I seem fairly prolific, and so I could answer that I’m just good at time management. But that would not be true. I’m a busy mum of five and blogging […]

DIY Fatima Set

DIY Fatima Set

  This is a cute, and relatively easy to make, craft that will help your children reflect upon the story of Fatima. What you’ll need: 4 dolly pegs with stands (I buy mine in a pack of 6 from a local craft store) Craft glue Felt – green, white, brown are the main colours here […]

YCM Catholic Detective Short Story Competition

YCM Catholic Detective Short Story Competition

  Do you enjoy reading detective fiction? Have you ever considered writing your own? We’re running a short story competition to find some new Catholic Detectives and, well, just have a little fun writing and reading some fiction. The rules and conditions follow below. Essentially we’re just looking for short stories that are Catholic Detective […]

Book Review: Father Brown And The Ten Commandments

Book Review: Father Brown And The Ten Commandments

    Father Brown And The Ten Commandments is not a collection of new, or recently discovered adventures of the infamous Father Brown, but rather a re-presentation of eleven of his mysteries. Yes, you did read that correctly. As the title suggests, the stories are linked by the Ten Commandments and readers will discover, or […]

Book Review: The Holy Spirit, Fire Of Divine Love

Book Review: The Holy Spirit, Fire Of Divine Love

    This gem of a book is an exploration of the elusive Third person of the Holy Trinity: The Holy Spirit, and as such it expounds the different ways in which the Spirit is referred to, described and understood. I have to admit that I found that each chapter read somewhat like a homily […]