Review: Persona Non Grata

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Persona Non Grata: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie My rating: 3 of 5 stars Another rollicking yarn in the ongoing adventures of Gaius Petreius Ruso. This edition sees Ruso travel back to his home in Gaul, accompanied by housekeeper Tilla, and straight into murder, mischief, and family dramas. This volume […]

Homilies: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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My homily for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were 1 Kings 17:10-16; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44. “The observation of the behaviour of people contributing to the Temple treasury is a reminder to us that, like the widow, Christians are […]

Faith And Australia – Part 2

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Following my recent posting sharing a column from Bishop Bill about his concerns for the Plenary Council, another voice has come to the fore, this time from Shane Dwyer, Director of the National Centre for Evangelisation and the Catholic Enquiry Centre. It, too, makes a lot of sense and is worth reading. The closing paragraph […]

Faith and Australia

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The title of this post – ‘Faith and Australia’ – is the same as that of the regular column from Bishop Bill Wright in the November edition of Aurora, the magazine of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. It is reproduced in full below, basically, because it just makes sense. ‘What do you think God is asking of […]

Homilies: 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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My homily for the 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 9.30am Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Deuteronomy 6:2-6; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 12:28-34. “Jesus turns the question asked by the scribe into a challenge to mere adherence in the external forum. True faith is not to be […]

Review: Encountering the Mystery of God

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Encountering the Mystery of God by Patrick J Cronin My rating: 3 of 5 stars This study from Patrick Cronin, the Coordinator of the Adult Catechumenate for the Archdiocese of Adelaide, represents the fruit of his research on the effectiveness of the fourth period of the Rite of Christian Initiation Adults (RCIA) – ‘mystagogy’ – […]

Homilies: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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My homily for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Jeremiah 31:7-9; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52. “Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus, seeking Jesus’ compassion and presence. His request – to see again – stand in direct contrast to that of […]

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Review: Terra Incognita

0 Terra Incognita: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire (Gaius Petreius Ruso Series Book 2)

Terra Incognita: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie My rating: 4 of 5 stars A great yarn and wonderful mystery are encapsulated in the story of the medicus Gaius Petreius Ruso on the very boundaries of the Roman Empire in northern Brittania. With murder and mayhem, intrigue and personal danger to […]

Review: Medicus

0 Medicus: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire (Gaius Petreius Ruso Series Book 1)

Medicus: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie My rating: 4 of 5 stars A wonderful introduction to a new series, new characters, and a new setting. Set in Brittania during the Roman occupation (well most of the island anyway), this series follows the adventures of a Legion medicus (i.e. doctor) recently […]

Reaching for Rome

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Another very good article from Massimo Faggioli on the continuing phenomenon of the splits both within the Catholic Church in the United States, and between some American Catholics – of the neotraditionalist persuasion – and Rome (by which is meant the Roman Pontiff, his Curia, and so on). Written with a firm understanding of history […]

Review: Labyrinth A-Ω

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Labyrinth A-Ω: An introduction to the how, what, and why of labyrinths and labyrinth walking by Clive Johnson My rating: 3 of 5 stars An interesting introduction to the history, reality and practice of labyrinths and labyrinth walking. I have been attracted to the spiritual dimension of labyrinths since the concept was first placed in […]

Review: The Lopez Affair

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The Lopez Affair by Ann Swinfen My rating: 4 of 5 stars Another volume in the ongoing tales of Dr Christoval Alvarez, physician of St Thomas’ Hospital, and sometimes coworker of the (by now) late Sir Francis Walsingham. This section of Kit’s tale follows the unfortunate development that surrounds the husband of one of her […]

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