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The Domestic Missionary

The Domestic Missionary

  I’ve been meditating on the lovely expression of Saint Teresa of Calcutta: “the call within the call.” Her approach to seeing Christ in the distressing disguise of the poor remains inspiring. Of course, we are not all called to serve God within the religious community of the Missionaries of Charity. Although we are called […]

I Want Them To Be Holy

I Want Them To Be Holy

  How many times have we heard the secular bastion of good parenting encapsulated in the expression: “I just want them to be happy”? And, I guess, there’s nothing inherently wrong in this. I mean, as parents we do love to see our children well and enjoying themselves. And happier children make us feel as […]

Confessions, On Repeat

Confessions, On Repeat

   Do you ever get the feeling, when examining your conscience, that the list is almost verbatim from last month’s confession? I know I do. Month, after month, I approach the Sacrament of God’s mercy, having committed the same litany of sins. It’s hard not to become disheartened, I mean, here I am desiring to […]

DIY Jesse Tree Ornaments

DIY Jesse Tree Ornaments

  Christmas is coming up. While it may still be a few months away, it is the perfect time to start planning if you are thinking of undertaking any DIY projects for Advent. In this tutorial I will be showing you how to paint Jesse Tree Ornaments. These are the ones I made last year, […]

Keeping The Lord’s Day Holy

Keeping The Lord’s Day Holy

  It is a well acknowledged fact that the Lord’s Day, Sunday, should be kept holy. As one of the Ten Commandments, its significance is paramount. Yet, how often we neglect this. Certainly, we may view Sunday as a day of rest – from the working week – but it should also be a day […]

Playing Liturgical Politics

Playing Liturgical Politics

  If you were to ask me what sort of Catholic I was, I’d answer: moderate. I am not such a traditionalist that I view the Extraordinary form (Latin) of the Mass as the only Mass I would ever attend, nor am I so liberal as to suggest that the liturgy of the Mass is […]

What It Really Means To Be Pro Life

What It Really Means To Be Pro Life

  It might be the battle cry of the anti-abortion ‘protestors’ that pray outside the local abortion mill, but describing yourself as pro-life is far from just your stance on this one issue. Pro-life ideology and Catholicism go hand in hand, and if you’re going to label yourself as being pro-life then you need to: […]

3 Unexpected Benefits Of Preparing Your Children For Sacraments

3 Unexpected Benefits Of Preparing Your Children For Sacraments

  This year marked a major milestone for our family; more particularly for our eldest child, Master 8, who received the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion for the first time. We knew it was coming, of course, and he was duly prepared at his school by the Dominican Sisters who undertake religious instruction, and […]

Love In The Laundry Pile

Love In The Laundry Pile

  In March this year we welcomed our fifth child into the clan. And, as with the advent of any newborn, our laundry pile dramatically increased. Jumpsuits, singlets, muslin wraps and bassinet sheets fill our dirty clothes baskets, or soak in our laundry tub, with frightening regularity. Each day at least two loads of washing […]

It Was Worth It: A Post Easter Reflection

It Was Worth It: A Post Easter Reflection

  This year I gave birth to my first Lenten baby. That is to say, I gave birth to a baby in the season of Lent. My others were born in Ordinary Time and Advent. Reflecting one night, during my hospital stay, on the beauty of bringing new life into the world, in spite of […]