The winds of war... and the sign of the Child

By Pope Francis

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas!

In Bethlehem, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary. He was born, not by the will of man, but by the gift of the love of God our Father, who “so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).

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A Holy Gift

Gartland Family

Holiness for you too!

By Michael Gartland

Loyal readers may remember that, sometime ago, I wrote about the profound influence and many gifts that the relationship I shared with my grandmother had bestowed upon me. Recently, her family and friends filled all the pews in her parish church, as they joined together to celebrate her special-ness. But dear reader, do not console me for my loss, nor offer your assistance in whatever way you can help – for I have already received something far greater than you could give!

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Hope has its Enemies

Taken from an address to the general audience

His Holiness Pope Francis

Dear Brothers and Sisters, We were speaking lately about hope; but today, I would like to reflect with you on the enemies of hope because hope has its enemies: just like any good in this world has its enemies.

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Oh yes, Seachange for Sure!


Emily reflects on the good fortune that she has had, to live out what many only ever dream of!.

By Emily Walter

Many people dream about moving home closer to the ocean and enjoying a seachange. I was fortunate to do just that when I took on a job at a delightful beachside holiday camp on the Mornington Peninsula. For six glorious years I lived a block away from a beautiful bay beach where I walked and watched the waters drift in and drift out, day in and day out.

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Looking back to the past with a wide range of emotions

Fr. Frank Freeman, SDB

“Ah Christmases are not what they used to be”; “In the good old days…” “I remember how…”; and so with a tinge of sadness we look back to the magic of the Christmases of our youth and pine for what no longer exists.

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Love the Church -You Must be joking!”

Archbishop Tim Costelloe

We must realize that Jesus and the Church are two sides of the one coin.

By Archbishop Tim Costelloe, SDB

Some years ago, I managed to watch a few minutes of “Carols by Candlelight” on television. One of the artists introduced her selection of explicitly religious Christmas carols, and remarked that at Christmas we celebrate the birth of Christ, who came to bring peace, not religion! Similarly, I remember a talk I gave to a group of Christians and suggested that Christ, Eucharist and the Church, were absolutely joined together. To my surprise, a member of the audience was greatly offended by my suggestion that belonging to a Church enables you to come into contact with Christ in a unique way.

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Why the only future worth building includes everyone

Pope Francis

His Holiness Pope Francis

Taken from a speech....

To Christians, the future does have a name, and its name is Hope. Feeling hopeful does not mean to be optimistically naïve and ignore the tragedy humanity is facing. Hope is the virtue of a heart that doesn't lock itself into darkness, that doesn't dwell on the past, does not simply get by in the present, but is able to see a tomorrow.

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