March 31, 2017

Author Archive | Natasha Marsh

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Servants of one truth: Deacon scientist says it’s a myth that science and faith can’t mix

Ask your average millennial about the Church and Science and you’re likely to get an overwhelmingly negative response: “The Church is archaic and medieval but science is progressive” would be a pretty typical answer. Melbourne Deacon Joseph Leach, planetary geologist, recently retired lecturer from Melbourne University’s Department of Geomatics and also a former NASA researcher, tells […]

What's on the menu for Lent?

9 things to try this Lent — It’s not too late to begin, or begin again

If you feel you have had a pretty weak start to Lent, and are wondering what to do, don’t despair. Lent is the “tough love” program of the Catholic Faith. A kind of spiritual detox, it is designed to cleanse, tone and strengthen the whole person: the body through fasting, the mind through almsgiving and the […]

The Faces of Mercy triptych by Niké Arrighi Borghese. Photo: Courtesy of Michael Campbell

Australian artists present Faces of Mercy in Sydney and Rome

The Faces of Mercy is a ninety-minute work of art documenting the ‘narrative’ of Mercy, following the story of the individual soul and of mankind as a whole – its fall, purgation and redemption – through art, poetry and music. The combined work of world-class Australian artists Princess Niké Arrighi Borghese, a painter; Kevin Brophy, […]

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Repeat offenders: why people keep coming back to the Christus Rex pilgrimage

Generally, when people go on pilgrimage, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Take, for ex­ample, the Camino de Santiago, a gruelling 790km trek across the top of Spain, or the pilgrim destina­tions of Rome, Jerusalem, Lourdes or Fatima. These pilgrimages are often turning points in one’s faith life. The annual Christus Rex pil­grimage from Ballarat to Bendigo, […]

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Putting the love back in sex: an interview with Theology of the Body expert Christopher West

Since the publication of his book, Theology of the Body Explained (2003), Christopher West has become “The” (capital T) populariser of St John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. His ability to make the profound-yet-esoteric thought of the Polish saint available to everyone has made him one of the most sought after Catholic speakers around […]

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Printers refuse to print book opposing gay marriage

One day before Dr David van Gend’s book Stealing from a Child: The Injustice of Marriage Equality was due to launch the printer announced its refusal to print “due to the subject matter”. “This was the first time in 10 years that the printer for Connor Court has refused to publish a book, even though they […]

Brendan O'Neill, the Marxist-atheist editor of Spiked.

Brendan O’Neill, atheist blogger and the Church’s biggest defender

Brought up in North London and raised Catholic by Irish Catholic parents, atheist-libertarian-Marxist Brendan O’Neill has found himself in the strange position of being a public defender of Catholics, and the traditional view of marriage. “I’ve become quite concerned about the rise of a new atheism which is just intolerant of religion,” he said in […]

Sr Gabriela Maria Mega SV of the Sisters of Life.

Former Liverpool parishioner professed a Sister of Life

Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard once said that, “purity of heart is to will one thing”. In a post-modern world that is scattered, fast-paced, and multi-directional this integration can be hard to find. Throughout her teenage years and early adulthood, Sr Gabriela Maria Mega searched for that wholeness (holiness). Indonesian born, culturally Chinese and raised in […]

Cronulla parish priest Fr Tom Carroll blesses the new mosaic commissioned for the Year of Mercy. Photo: Patrick J Lee

Cronulla parish sets Year of Mercy in stone as a gift to future generations

More than 250 parishioners gathered last Sunday to witness the blessing of the new entrance mosaic commissioned for the Year of Mercy, at St Aloysius Gonzaga church, Cronulla. It was the culmination of 80 hours of work by teacher and artist Kate Ng, alongside a dedicated team of four volunteers from the parish: Julie Yacoubian, […]