Month: July 2021

Euthanasia – The Overseas Experience

Euthanasia has been introduced in many countries, including Australia in recent years. It continues to be controversial and divisive and not just amongst religious groups including the Catholic Church. This week’s Majellan article looks at examples around the world and reveals the ramifications and downside associated with legalised assisting dying.

Four Titles on St Alphonsus

This collection of four books from the best of Saint Alphonsus Liguori covers all aspects of his spiritual life, with a special focus on prayer. These books for modern readers are an insightful introduction to the value of prayer for the sake of salvation. An all-in-one compilation of instructions, meditations and prayers from one of the great doctors of the Church.

The ‘Jesus Fish’ symbol

We’ve seen them on car bumper-bars, keychains, lapel pins, and pendants. Users of online discussion boards and chat rooms find innovative ways to employ them in posts. They are the so-called “Jesus Fish”, a symbol comprising two intersecting arcs; or, in the case of online chat rooms, formed by the astute use of the “greater than” and “less than” symbols (<><).

Grannies rally for African cause

St Paul says,” be kind to one another, tender-hearted and forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32). Yet in the context of ordinary communication, talk of mercy is a foreign language.

In a world where mass media is all supreme, spiteful gossip, vindictiveness and revenge all too often seem to set the tone. In this Majellan article, we look at the Christian concept of mercy.

Grandparent’s Podcast

The latest Figuring out Families podcast rounds off the Rachel Schofield series on building sibling relationships and strengthening family bonds. She provides many wonderful ideas to help siblings grow and thrive together and details practical strategies and practices that every family can use.

Rachel is a parent coach, professional member of the Australian Association of Family Therapists, and Mother of two boys.

Supporting Your Autistic Child

The cause of autism is unknown but likely multifactorial. Both genetics and the environment are thought to play a role. Boys are four times as likely to be diagnosed as girls.

There is no blood test or brain scan that can diagnose ASD; rather, it is done by studying an individual’s developmental history, observing their communication skills and social interactions, psychometric testing, and examining for neurological deficits.

Love and Imperfection

St Paul says,” be kind to one another, tender-hearted and forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32). Yet in the context of ordinary communication, talk of mercy is a foreign language.

In a world where mass media is all supreme, spiteful gossip, vindictiveness and revenge all too often seem to set the tone. In this Majellan article, we look at the Christian concept of mercy.

Nurturing Today’s Children

The book, Nurturing Today’s Children, provides thoughtful guidance about each stage of raising children and encouraging their growth — especially in spirit and faith. Jesus often used analogies about planting and rich yields in his parables. Following Jesus’ example and using the imagery of a garden, this book shows us that raising children requires special care if the harvest is to be fruitful.

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