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Fr John Corrigan, Diocese of Ballarat

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...

Santa and Christmas

So PJ Media reports this happened in Texas earlier in the month: A pastor made a scene on Friday by preaching about the falsehood of Santa Claus at a mall. He walked around the Santa exhibit, where kids and parents stood in line to see Santa, shouting that Santa isn't...

When a father dies

I had barely begun in the seminary when Pope John Paul II died. It was a very sad time. It felt like I my own grandfather had died. In the midst of my grief, I was very impressed by a statement from Bishop Javier Echevarría, the prelate of Opus Dei. He exhorted the...

The Christmas Novena

In the words of the Australian Ordo, "the Christmas novena begins today. At this point, the Advent focus shifts to the Christmas story and the Virgin Mary. These days serve to prepare more directly for the Lord's birth." There are many excellent way to prayerfully...

Keep Christ in Christmas

If your Christmas Day celebrations are dominated by food and presents, you might like to introduce this Nativity story-telling to your family rituals. It is a fun and attractive way to be mindful of the birth of Jesus. I devised this 'Australian recipe' last year,...

The appalling strangeness of divine mercy

Zacchaeus must have had a burning desire for Jesus. By climbing a tree he makes a fool of himself. That childlike behaviour is a good example for us. We can ask ourselves, do I want to see Christ that much? Do I do everything I can to see him? Or do I avoid encounters...

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