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Review: Sacred Treason

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Sacred Treason by James Forrester My rating: 4 of 5 stars Another thriller mystery set in the Elizabethan era, with a wonderful undertone of the religious turmoil experienced in the time. Written by an historian, Sacred Treason is the first book of the trilogy focussing on the exploits of Mr William Harley, Her Majesty’s Clarenceux […]

The Heart of Prayer

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Your heart never takes a vacation, never goes on coffee break, never gets a sabbatical. It beats day and night. And every beat, every contraction of your heart muscles, is your body saying yes to life. With every beat, blood surges forth from the heart, bringing oxygen and nourishment throughout the body. The beating heart, […]

Formation: God’s Blessing To Us

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We come to God messy, broken, compromised by selfishness, and wounded by hurts others have inflicted on us or that we’ve inflicted on ourselves. If we’re honest, we can also name the ways we’ve hurt others as well. By accepting God’s grace, we slowly are healed, and we slowly grow into becoming the person God […]

The Journey Catholic Radio

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Tonight my dulcet tones were featured on the airwaves. I had accepted the invitation to provide a short reflection on today’s Gospel (John 10:1-10) for inclusion in this week’s edition of The Journey, a Catholic radio show that is broadcast on the Rhema network. The Journey program is produced out of the Diocese of Wollongong, and each […]

Review: Crimes of the Father

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Crimes of the Father by Tom Keneally My rating: 3 of 5 stars I didn’t want to read this book and, in fact, had no real intention to do so, until I was asked to provide an opinion on it. Having said that, I have to confess that I found Keneally’s book a strange combination […]

Review: Lamentation

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Lamentation by C.J. Sansom My rating: 4 of 5 stars Another masterful mystery has been created by C.J. Sansom, featuring the by now well-known group of characters that have been our constant companions throughout the books of the Matthew Shardlake series. Set in the period towards the end of the reign of Henry VIII, amidst […]

A Sure And True Window

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The cross is the surest, truest and deepest window on the very heart and character of the living and loving God; the more we learn about the cross in all its historical and theological dimensions, the more we discover about the One in whose image we are made and hence about our own vocation to […]

The Necessity of the Quest

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The most basic reason for grappling with the historical question of Jesus is that we are made for God: for God’s glory, to worship God and reflect his likeness. That is our heart’s deepest desire, the source of our deepest vocation. But Christianity has always said, with John 1:18, that nobody has ever seen God […]

Lest We Forget

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Almighty everlasting God, who sent your Son to die that we might live, grant, we pray, eternal rest to those who gave themselves in service and sacrifice for their country. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and […]

Review: Deconstructing Sacramental Theology and Reconstructing Catholic Ritual

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Deconstructing Sacramental Theology and Reconstructing Catholic Ritual by Joseph Martos My rating: 3 of 5 stars A challenging and at times unconvincing argument is put forward by Martos. His deconstruction of sacramental theology, at least from the perspective of scholastic sacramental theology, is compelling and worthwhile, yet his attempt to ‘reconstruct’ something from Catholic sacramental […]

Eucharistic Dangers

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Speaking of changes in the Eucharistic celebrations that occurred during the High Middle Ages, Martos believes: “The mass itself, a ritual shadow of the great liturgies of earlier centuries, was opaque to most people, for they did not understand Latin and, even if they did, they could not have heard the priest standing at the […]