The Blog of a Country Priest

Fr John Corrigan, Diocese of Ballarat

Bad spirits in Rome; encouragement and hope in Assisi

Bad spirits in Rome; encouragement and hope in Assisi

I'm not long back from an exorcism course in Rome, which was filled with good content. But I have a love-hate relationship with Rome. I love its history, and its beautiful churches, and its food. And yet there's an oppressive spirit about Rome which I hate. That...

Fight the good fight: sanctify yourself and others

Fight the good fight: sanctify yourself and others

There are enemies inside the Church today. The Catholic hierarchy is gravely compromised; infiltrated by moral perverts and dissenters; hypocrites and false prophets; wolves in sheep’s clothing. I’m not saying this to shock anyone; it’s a matter of record. As Pope...

The boundless limits of God’s mercy

The boundless limits of God’s mercy

Auschwitz. The most notorious concentration camp in history. The commandant of Auschwitz was Rudolf Höss, who personally perfected the Nazis’ mass murder techniques. During his four year leadership at Auschwitz, three million prisoners were killed. Survivors of...

12 Rules For Life

12 Rules For Life

Monash University recently launched an ill-advised recruitment program which presents Monash as the university of choice for cultural marxists who want to change the world. There are subliminal suggestions that research and academic excellence might be suitable means...

The Easter story

The Easter story

One of the things psychology has taught me is that the human brain is hardwired for story. It's how we derive meaning. Story is how we make sense of the world. I think it's related to something else I've learned in psychology: We're not thinking beings who sometimes...

Living the sabbath

Living the sabbath

When I was in Israel last May, I was very impressed by the nation’s observance of the sabbath. Saturday in Israel resembles Christmas Day in Australia: businesses are closed, there’s almost no traffic on the roads, and everyone is at home. Work is unimaginable; it’s a...

Choosing an Advent motto

Choosing an Advent motto

Advent is, lamentably, banished. On this First Sunday of Advent, Christmas trees and decorations are already well established in public places, and Christmas carols are played everywhere. Soon the Christmas parties will begin in earnest. On Boxing Day, however, trees...

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