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  Fr Noel Connolly - Light and hope begin in darkness

Dec 16, 2015
I lived in Ireland for almost sixteen years and the thing I miss about Advent and Christmas since returning to Australia is the lack of darkness. It made December a special time.
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  Rediscover the meaning of Christmas

Nov 25, 2015
It will be a tough and hungry Christmas in the Philippines for hundreds of thousands who are suffering deprivation like that of Jesus and his parents as they struggle to survive from lack of food, devastation from typhoons, human exploitation and trafficking of children.
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  Do you know my name?

Oct 28, 2015
Living as a homeless man, who had already lost his job, his home and his family, the threat of losing even his name must have felt like the loss of his very self. He was in grave danger of becoming a “nobody."
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  Media Release - Dignity of refugees and asylum seekers

Oct 22, 2015
Faith leaders hold urgent meeting to call on politicians to restore the human dignity of refugees and asylum seekers.
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  The 1400th Anniversary of St Columban’s death

Oct 12, 2015
St Columban challenges each of us to dare to profess our faith openly. "What care I for saving face before mankind, when zeal for the faith must be shown?"
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  When we assume things

Sep 22, 2015
We can often make a lot of assumptions. That perhaps there is only one way to pray, only one way of connecting with God, only one way of taking time out, when in fact there are so many other options available.
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  Blessed are the peacemakers

Sep 11, 2015
Selections from a document by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Japan in preparation for the 70th anniversary of the end of the War and the dropping of the Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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  Pope says Christians should have restless hearts like St Augustine

Aug 18, 2015
Pope Francis asks Christians: "Look into your hearts and ask yourself if you have a heart that wants great things or a heart that is asleep? Has your heart maintained that restlessness or has it been suffocated by things?"
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  Entering the Spiritual Domain

Jul 23, 2015
The contemplative dimension of mission raises the question for us: “Am I drawn to experiences of the living God?”
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  Who am I to judge?

Jun 24, 2015
God judges no one; God punishes no one. God condemns no one to hell. We do these things to ourselves: We judge ourselves, we punish ourselves, and we put ourselves in various forms of hell whenever we choose not to live inside God’s spirit.
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  Too big to cry

May 23, 2015
It all began at age 28, when I started Japanese language school in Tokyo as a Columban priest. Then at age 41, it was the Fijian language programme in Suva. And at age 52, now I was on my way to the first day of Italian studies in Florence, Italy.
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  A funeral in Japan

Apr 23, 2015
After death there is the solemn transferral of the body into the coffin. This small but important rite is done in the home. The priest blesses the body which is laid out on a strong cloth...
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  Christ dying, Christ rising in the Peruvian Andes

Mar 24, 2015
It is a vast splash of colour, full of figures and events. From a distance it is a blur, but up close you see the details of all the activities typical of an isolated Peruvian mountain village.
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  Dancing for Mary

Jan 15, 2015
"I like to dance to show publicly my faith and as I dance, I pray that Mary will bless all young people and that they will have the chances we have had to know her son, Jesus."
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