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Reading Time: 3 minutesI’m recuperating from a nasty bout of covid. It had many unwelcome effects. Surprisingly, complete loss of smell has been if not the hardest, the saddest. I used to teach St Thomas Aquinas and enjoyed very much his profound reverence for our bodily lives. Reconciling this reverence with the even more ancient […]
Reading Time: 4 minutesGod has such a sense of humour: the Glendalough parish church was semi-raided by a zealous police officer on the feast of St Blaise. My first thought was that, as St Blaise is the patron of sore throats, this was entirely appropriate. But a friend pointed out that St Blaise – a […]
Reading Time: 4 minutesEveryone in the world is at different stages of the pandemic, so it’s hard to tell if it’s the right time for this essay or not. But from where I stand, things are . . . maybe sort of kind of wrapping up? No one ever promised the vaccine was magic or […]
Reading Time: 4 minutesJuliette Kirkwood began work as a Community Care Worker in CatholicCare’s parish program a year and a half ago, but grew up in South-Western Sydney like many Christians of Middle Eastern heritage. She saw the area transform and evolve from a largely Anglo-Saxon population to the diverse region it is today, beginning […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes“At 9am the helicopters started hovering. They’d hover for the next hour, hour and a half, spotting people. “It was the very first time I thought, ‘Here I am celebrating Mass and I’m fearing being arrested.’ This would happen in Communist China, not in a country where we’re free.” As NSW reopens […]
Attendance at Midnight and Christmas morning masses at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney were surprisingly strong despite the state’s growing wave of Covid cases...