The Blog of a Country Priest

Fr John Corrigan, Diocese of Ballarat

Fix your hearts on where gladness is found

Fix your hearts on where gladness is found

In responding to the dismissal of Cardinal Pell's appeal, one of the Church's most ancient precepts is apposite: "In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, charity." ADDENDUM: It is neither just nor charitable to call the complainant in...

The scandal of religious hypocrisy

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

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!

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

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...

Strangely terrifying

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

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...

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