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  Christmas - Just another day for some

Dec 22, 2014
The picture of Joseph going from door to door, desperately begging shelter because Mary was in labour, has always struck a poignant chord in the Christmas story.
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  Advent - Turning impatience into joy

Nov 24, 2014
I’ve been called impatient many times in my life. My family jokes that I was so impatient at birth that I arrived two months early. Advent is a liturgical time of waiting for the birth of Jesus Christ.
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  Good grief

Nov 24, 2014
Grief made me its captive; I was hi-jacked and had to pay the ransom demanded before I could gain my freedom. I learned that there are degrees of grief, but you cannot weaken its vice grip by paying in instalments.
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  The only book that can read me

Nov 14, 2014
The Father wants us to know Him. To risk meeting the Father is to have our superficial peace disturbed, our shallow security undermined, and our lightweight values over­hauled. It is a courageous act to open the Bible.
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  Let us not be robbed of the joy of evangelisation

Oct 20, 2014
The Far East Magazine presents a brief summary of Pope's Francis' World Mission Day message, which took place this year on October 19.
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  World Mission Day - Intention for October 2014

Oct 07, 2014
That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.
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  Where do you come from?

Oct 07, 2014
One day when I asked, "Where do you come from?” the shopkeeper replied, "From my mother!" I laughed. This unexpected reply was so startling that I started using it too, which lead to very different conversations about identity...
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  A Crown for Australia

Sep 11, 2014
The Australian Bishops in their 2014-2015 Social Justice Statement point out the important role of sport in our society.
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  When human values are forgotten

Aug 25, 2014
The world was shocked after World War II when the Nazi eugenics programme became known. Horrible and inhuman, it still didn’t make a difference in Peru in 1995 when Indian and rural women were targeted for sterilization.
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  God’s Great Garden

Aug 05, 2014
Jesus understood the 'fruit of the earth' as a blessing. However, as we come to a greater understanding of the complexity of the web of life, we are also becoming aware that some of its strands are either damaged or broken.
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  Common Declaration

Jul 18, 2014
On Sunday May 25, Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met in Jerusalem to mark the 50th anniversary of the meeting of their predecessors.
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  Tuned in or tuned out?

Jul 01, 2014
"The Internet," Pope Francis said recently, "is a gift from God." Before we press any button, switch on any device, we must first of all, each day, connect with the living God who waits for us with infinite patience.
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  I dared to call him Father

Jun 11, 2014
Fr Joseph Joyce writes from Pakistan and shares the story of Bilquis Sheikh, a Pakistani Muslim woman who through the power of the Holy Spirit met the Risen Lord and was led into communion.
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  Climate change is among us

May 28, 2014
The sights, sounds and smells that assailed me as I was walking through the devastated destruction of Tacloban city in the Philippines last year, made me realise that this was the future.
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  Linked with the people

May 08, 2014
Columban Fr John Hegerty wrote the following reflection on the vocation of the missionary priesthood, based on the final days of his fellow missionary, Columban Fr Leo Donnelly in Peru.
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  Washing of the feet - Holy Thursday

Apr 07, 2014
"I was nervous lining up on Holy Thursday night. Then the Holy Spirit hit me. Columban Fr Barry started pouring water over my foot..."
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  He became poor

Mar 06, 2014
"He became poor so that by his poverty you might become rich" (cf. 2 Cor 8: 9). This is the theme Pope Francis has taken for his 2014 Lenten Message.
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  Leave your comfort zone

Jan 30, 2014
At Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome, on 24 November 2013, Pope Francis released the Apostolic Exhortation, "Evangelii Gaudium", (The Joy of the Gospel).
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