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Fr John Corrigan, Diocese of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

St Anna: an exemplar of prayer and fasting and inner peace

St Anna: an exemplar of prayer and fasting and inner peace

Today is the feast of St Anna the Prophetess. Everything we know about Anna derives from a few verses in Sacred Scripture (Luke 2:36-38): Anna was a prophetess. Her name means “grace.” She was the daughter of Phanuel. This name derives from מְּנוּאֵל‎, meaning “the...

ESV Gospels, Reader’s Set

ESV Gospels, Reader’s Set

Crossway is an Evangelical not-for-profit publisher which produced, in 2001, the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible. This is a modern revision of the Revised Standard Version (RSV), which employs an "essentially literal" translation of Sacred Scripture. On...

Fix your hearts on where gladness is found

Fix your hearts on where gladness is found

In responding to the dismissal of Cardinal Pell's appeal, one of the Church's most ancient precepts is apposite: "In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, charity." ADDENDUM: It is neither just nor charitable to call the complainant in...

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...

Seven myths about Confession

Seven myths about Confession

Today's post is by a guest blogger, whom you can follow at https://blogofacitypriest.com — a catchy name, no? 😉 Clearly God has a sense of humor.  For what other reason, in preaching to us today about Reconciliation, is he quite literally tickled pink!  I mean look at...

Shine on the world like bright stars

Shine on the world like bright stars

Cast back your minds, and remember . . . Where were you the day Mary MacKillop was declared Australia’s first saint? Some of you might have been in Penola with 8,000 pilgrims at an open-air Mass. I was in a smaller crowd — 5,000 pilgrims — at the Royal Exhibition...

Exercising prudence in an intemperate world

Exercising prudence in an intemperate world

Many Catholics, motivated by the noblest intentions, counsel prayerful silence in the midst of current events. It's a compelling case I think, invoking the Holy Father's meditation on our Lord's prophetic silence. More important still is the care we (the Church — all...

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