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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...

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...

The wrongful conviction of Cardinal Pell

The wrongful conviction of Cardinal Pell

We live in sad times. I lost my faith in the institutional Church years ago. The systemic cover up of crimes and the enabling of predator priests is beyond the pale. If I didn't have a supernatural outlook and focus on Christ himself, there is no way I'd persevere...

Jordan Peterson in Australia

Jordan Peterson in Australia

Last November, when I drew the name of my 18-year-old brother in the family Kris Kringle, I knew the perfect Christmas present for him. I'd buy him a ticket to Jordan Peterson's lecture in Melbourne! A red pill given with love! Or so I told myself. The reality is less...

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...

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