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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Letter To Godparents

A Letter To Godparents

  As I prepared myself for the seventh birthday of our eldest child earlier this year, I wrote a letter to his Godparents, which I didn’t send because I didn’t get around to it, about what we want for him as he reaches the age of reason. Thankfully we have chosen excellent Godparents… Dear Godparent […]

Women And The Priesthood

Women And The Priesthood

  On May 30, 2008 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declared, through the Vatican daily newspaper ‘L’Osservatore Romano’, that any women who attempted ‘ordination’ or any bishops who attempted to ‘ordain’ women are automatically excommunicated by their actions. This decree came in the wake of a number of women attempting to be […]

The Role Of Family In Society

The Role Of Family In Society

  ‘Far from being a mere lifestyle choice, marriage is of vital benefit to all members of society, including those who are not married or never married.’ Australian-born UK barrister, James Bogle, was passionate in his defence of the institution of marriage in his keynote address at the National Marriage Day breakfast, held in Canberra […]

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit

  ‘While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?” They replied, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” (Acts 19:1-2) The ignorance of the […]

Where One Is, All Are

Where One Is, All Are

  ‘In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen’. These words are so familiar to us all, we make the Sign of the Cross at least a few times a day, and as such is probably something we take for granted, or think little of, seeing them […]

Sin And Sickness

Sin And Sickness

  Sin entered the world through the disobedience of the first people, Adam and Eve. The passage in Genesis containing the creation story is one we are familiar with and so we are aware that there were consequences to the disobedience of Adam and Eve. ‘To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your […]

The Sacraments Part 7: Anointing Of The Sick

The Sacraments Part 7: Anointing Of The Sick

  This article is the final offering in our series on the Sacraments. It is fitting then that it is devoted to the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. This is the final Sacrament of the Christian community before they depart this life in search of their Heavenly reward. ‘ “By the sacred anointing […]