The Blog of a Country Priest

Fr John Corrigan, Diocese of Ballarat

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...

Strangely terrifying

Hours of driving is a daily requisite for a country priest. I usually fill in the time with rosaries, chaplets, and cultural 'reading.' By that I mean podcasts and audiobooks related to history, scripture, literature, theology, etc. In the week after Easter though,...

Read this book, change your life

What if I told you Amazon sells a book for $20 that can change your life? I'm exaggerating somewhat, in that it's how you read the book which can change your life. Also, there's a good chance that you already own the book, so you can save yourself $20. I'm talking...

How Jesus treats his friends

Saint John's account of the resurrection of Lazarus famously contains the shortest verse in the entire Bible: “Jesus wept.” As well as being the shortest verse, I think it’s one of the most powerful. It’s indicative of the Lord's love for his friends. Their sorrow is...

“Know the mind of the Church”

Today in Penola, a great priest was buried. A great Jesuit. A great man. For many years, Fr Paul Gardiner SJ was Postulator for the Cause of Mother Mary Mackillop's canonisation. It takes a small army to have someone canonised, but Fr Paul was field marshal. Apart...

The devil is real

Pope Francis preaches about the devil a lot. Much more than the average priest. Or this average priest, anyway. Unfortunately, the press gives minimal coverage to such remarks, and every year, I suspect, belief in the devil diminishes among Catholics. That's why, this...

Good news about fasting

Lent has begun, and if you're reading this on Ash Wednesday, you're fasting, and you're probably hungry right now. Roman Catholics are obliged to fast — one normal meal and two small snacks — on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. But Maronite Catholics observe a much...

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