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It is good for the spirit to get out into the country, or out to sea from time to time to enjoy the peace and timelessness of landscape and seascape. It seems that it would look the same no matter what was going on in the world. All the wars and turmoil down through the ages might never have happened, whilst our serene and strangely beautiful Australian landscape remains unchanged in its ancient tranquillity and the great ocean continues on its steady passage. We need to be refreshed periodically, to escape the press of events and to allow some quiet reflection on the recent past.

Sometimes this will help us sort out things that have happened or are happening, or it may strengthen us or stabilize us to meet anticipated challenges. These are good and fitting experiences for the human mind and spirit.

We Catholics have as well a far greater restorative experience available to us - the Presence of Our Divine Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in our churches. Cardinal Newman realized this when,…


First published in 2013 and thus long before "AMORIS LAETITIA"(dated 19th March ,2016) this remains timely, though the way ahead has become clearer perhaps, it sems  no more comfortable:

                                        SIX POPES AND GOD'S MYSTERIOUS WAYS

It is good to step back occasionally and consider the journey we have travelled in our lives. Such an exercise can be completed on several bases - the purely personal, the familial, the professional, the social, the social environment, the political environment, the technological environment. All will prove rewarding in particular ways.

But here I wish to look at the Catholic religious environment in which I have lived, and in particular to consider the six Popes who have led the Church in  the present era. I have excluded the Venerable Pope Pius XII from this assessment for reasons  I will set out  below.  I hope you will follow me in this exercise, which I believe might be helpful in considering how we should app…


Hymns have been on my mind a bit lately as readers would have noticed.When I was a school child - Yes they had schools back then! -one of my favourite hymns contained words I always thought strange - then :

"              Oh purest of Creatures, Sweet Mother Sweet Maid;
The one spotless womb wherein Jesus was laid.
Dark night hath come down on us, Mother, and we
Look out for thy shining, Sweet Star of the Sea. (repeat)
Deep night hath come down on this rough-spoken world,
And the banners of darkness are boldly unfurled;
And the tempest-tossed Church--all her eyes are on thee;
They look to thy shining, Sweet Star of the Sea. (repeat) "

You have already spotted them? Yes : " And the banners of darkness are boldly unfurled" !
OK...It was the 1950s...didn't this kid recall anything about the Nazis, Imperial Japan, the Chinese communists, the Russians? Sure he did. But in his mind we had won the titanic World War II(as our Grandfathers and Fathers had WW I) and we would inevi…


This Post first appeared on 24thMay, 2011. cardinal Pell could as easily have had in mind Broken Bay Diocese in those times under Bishop David Walker whose Episcopate produced one Ordination and ended with no vocations, and still it was to be 3 years before Bishop Peter A.Comensoli replaced him and the wheels began to turn again.


We have been considering  LOVE and the issues surrounding it. Here, we establish its position in catholic life.
Recurringly in his Gospel and his other writings, St.John leaves of his narrative, for a major reflection on the meaning of the Life of Christ, and the significance of aspects of it

In his Gospel , ( 3:16) he opens up the subject of God's Love:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not condemned; he who does not believe in Him is condemned already, because he has not believed in the Name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgement, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the Light,because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the light,and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he wh…