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What is the best gift you can give this Christmas?

It’s the night before Christmas. Didn’t that Advent go quickly? Here we are at the manger three weeks later, and it’s time to give gifts.

Philippa Martyr: Five easy ways to make the most of Advent

Advent is an excellent time to start your new year’s resolutions for 2024. You can use it as a dress rehearsal for Lent.

Pope calls for world day of prayer for peace as catastrophe...

Warning against a humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza and ongoing conflicts elsewhere, Pope Francis has called for a day of fasting, penance and prayer for peace in the world 27 October.

Simcha Fisher: I won’t ask how your Lent has gone… Just...

Whether you've taken on a heavy burden or picked something at random this Lent, don't forget the reason you've done it in the first place!

It’s Advent. Go to Confession

Last year I said that the Australian Catholic bishops should issue a pastoral letter on the First Sunday of Advent, calling the entire Catholic...

Patrick O’Shea: Make Advent count!

By Patrick O’Shea Although we know that the festive season must arrive at the end of the year, somehow everyone manages to be caught off...

Mark Shea: So what’s the point of fasting?

Part 4 of Mark's series of reflections on Lent We now move on in our Lenten series to discuss the third of the Jewish acts...

Simcha Fisher: You’re supposed to fail at Lent

It's not meant to be a test of your own personal strength The dew is off the rose, now, Lent-wise. Whatever sacrifices we embraced or extra...

Marie Kondo your life this Lent

Lent is an opportunity to drop habits that don't serve God In the Maronite Church, Lent is a nautical expedition. It begins on Cana Sunday...

New guide offers a truly deeper Lent

A beautiful and prayerful Lenten Companion has been released by the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney to journey with you through the season of Lent.

Goodbye to all that

Reality, meeting his future wife and the Sacrament of Penance helped turn ‘Derek’ aside from a life of alcoholism. With the prevalence of hard drugs...

Simcha Fisher: Do women need ascesis?

I recently interviewed the developer of Exodus90, a spiritual exercise aimed at Catholic men who want to find spiritual freedom through prayer, ascesis, and...
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