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Fr John Corrigan, Diocese of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

St Augustine: epochal giant, and yet also relatable

St Augustine: epochal giant, and yet also relatable

Today is the feast of St Augustine of Hippo, one of the most important figures in western thought. His influence rivals that of Moses, Plato and Aristotle, St Paul and St Thomas Aquinas. The second chapter of Thomas Cahill’s How the Irish Saved Civilization (highly...

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...

Living the sabbath

Living the sabbath

When I was in Israel last May, I was very impressed by the nation’s observance of the sabbath. Saturday in Israel resembles Christmas Day in Australia: businesses are closed, there’s almost no traffic on the roads, and everyone is at home. Work is unimaginable; it’s a...

Choosing an Advent motto

Choosing an Advent motto

Advent is, lamentably, banished. On this First Sunday of Advent, Christmas trees and decorations are already well established in public places, and Christmas carols are played everywhere. Soon the Christmas parties will begin in earnest. On Boxing Day, however, trees...

The loneliness of the priest

The loneliness of the priest

A holy priest was buried this week. Fr Luke Pirone, OFM. The death of priests like him seems like a great loss, but I suppose their ministry of prayer may be more fruitful than ever in the next life. I'm thinking now of St Thérèse's prophetic remarks: "My mission - to...

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

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

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...

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