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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...

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...

St Monica: patron saint of conversions

St Monica: patron saint of conversions

Today is the Feast of St Monica, an ancient who captivates the modern imagination, thanks in large part to the colourful and candid writings of her son, St Augustine, who basically invented the autobiography. In her youth, Monica learned the value of self-knowledge...

The Church is personal

The Church is personal

I came across a cartoon on Facebook this week, which works on so many levels: It speaks for itself. But it also speaks to the sort of Church Jesus founded. Consider one of the most momentous moments in the history of the Church: ‘But you,’ [Jesus] said ‘who do you say...

The painful gift of new sight

The painful gift of new sight

Walking the aisles of the supermarket will never be the same again. If I spy toilet paper or hand sanitiser on the shelf, I cheer inwardly — and I’m not even buying them! Imagine when things are "back to normal," and our supermarket shelves are again abundant. It...

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