The Blog of a Country Priest

Fr John Corrigan, Diocese of Ballarat

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...

You walk weird, and you don’t even know it

So I watched an online video yesterday which blew my mind. There's plenty of dissent in the Youtube comments, but that's par for the course. I find it pretty compelling. Roland Warzecha runs a European martial arts school in Hamburg, and he's apparently obsessed by...

Christians in a heavy sea: the gay marriage vote

Today’s Gospel presents a perfect analogy of our situation – yours and mine — as Catholics in Australia today. Our Lord has sent us ahead, on a boat, to cross the Sea of Galilee. He will meet us on the other side. But now we are battling in a heavy sea, and we’re...

The scandal of religious hypocrisy

There's nothing to add to this self-explanatory headline, nor even much reason to follow the link. The title says it all: SCANDAL: Vatican police raid cardinal's apartment to stop drug fueled gay party. The lede is easy to believe: “Pope Francis is reportedly furious...

Jerusalem

Full disclaimer: in my first hour in the Holy Land, I gazed at the desolate horizon several times and wondered at it. "This is the Chosen Land? Wars have been fought, and countless lives lost, over this?" On second thought, I recalled this underwhelming choice is...

Fatima = prayer and penance!

Pope Francis has canonised two of the youngest saints in the history of the Church. St Francisco Marto was just 10 years old when he died; and when his sister died a year later, St Jacinta was only 9 years old. The Church has also just celebrated the one hundredth...

The need for holy priests

Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard's The Soul of the Apostolate presents the interior life — one's personal relationship with the Lord, nourished by daily prayer — as the foundation of a life of work and service. It's a very good book, suitable for...

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