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The Flawed Beauty of Peace By David Ahern There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about building walls. While some people, sadly, believe such barriers should be used to deter refugees and asylum seekers, walls have also been erected in the past to keep opposing factions apart.Take Belfast, for example. The issue of walls took on greater personal significance when...

Teaching Kid's Responsibility By Carmel Wynne At one time there was a widespread belief that age brings wisdom. The assumption was that the older we get the more we know. This is no longer the case. In our modern world children of all ages have access to a world of information that few parents and even fewer grandparents know how to source.  Mum...

Why Father's are Special By David Ahern Father’s Day will be celebrated differently this year depending in which part of the country you live. Harsh restrictions will be in place in Melbourne until at least September 13, so family get togethers and celebrations will not be possible in many households. In other parts of Australia, life is relatively normal and Father’s Day may be no different to any other. When...

Churches Australia Churches have been forced to adapt to shutdowns, restrictions, and changes to particulars of each service. At times these restrictions have seemed arbitrary, and particularly punitive towards church goers. As Bishop Anthony Fisher mentioned a few months ago, a bus stopping at St Mary's had less limits on people than the service inside the Cathedral. In Melbourne a television...

The Church and Broken Marriages By Timothy J Buckley CSsR As a young parish priest in the 1980s, by far the most difficult pastoral situations I encountered were people whose marriages had broken down. Their varied circumstances provided a variety of complications and often I felt helpless in the face of their sadness and frustration.  Annulments were being granted more readily than...

The Greatest Grandma By Michael Gartland A letter was sent in from Mary Gartland of Blackburn, Victoria regarding the passing of her mother in September 2018. Her mother had been a Majellan subscriber for more than 60 years. The following is a tribute written by Mary’s nephew, Michael.  When my sister Laura and I visited grandma, we could tell something wasn’t quite right. We sat...

By John Hill CSsR “I never thought I would see this in my lifetime.” How many people would be saying something like this, especially in Victoria at this difficult time. COVID-19 and government measures to prevent its spread have turned our lives upside down. Some people have lost their jobs, others are struggling to pay their bills, people living alone and residents...

New 'Tech' Addiction By Suvi Mahonen My three-year-old daughter’s face dapples in shifting patterns of light from the mini iPad held in her hands. As she lies on the couch, with her feet resting on my knees, I watch the small twin screens reflected in her lenses, her bright blue irises flaring with each change of scene. Since birth, her brain has more...

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the mental health of many members of our parishes, schools and communities. In fact, most of us will experience a mental health problem at some point over the course of our lives. Understanding mental health will help us to be aware of those who need our support. Our parishes, organisations and communities can be places...

Pandemic Anger. Are you Coping? By David Ahern The current COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for many people. There’s been frustration and uncertainty caused by social distancing, lockdowns and the compulsory wearing of masks in some parts of Australia. People are stressed because they have not been able to go about their normal day-to-day business and have been barred from seeing their friends...