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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...

Is Homeschooling the Future? By Melanie Dooner The desire to homeschool one’s own child is appealing for many families, and is an issue that evokes many strong feelings. As someone who is a trained teacher and a supporter of formal schooling, I can see the attraction and benefit of a more natural approach to schooling within the family and community context.Regardless of...

St Alphonsus Liguori founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer - The Redemptorists in the 18th century. In this moving account students and priests recount how St Alphonsus gave up a privileged life to care for the poor and abandoned....

The gospel tells us, that a good plant cannot produce bad fruit, and that a bad one cannot produce good fruit. We learn from this, that a good father brings up good children. But, if the parents are wicked, how can the children be virtuous? Our Lord says, in the same gospel, Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs...

The Importance of Eye Contact By Carmel Wynne Have you ever tried to have a meaningful conversation with a family member or colleague who doesn’t make eye contact when you are speaking? My first instinct is to ask the person to look at me. Eye contact is an important nonverbal communication, especially for women whose brains are wired to respond to people...

Marriage is a journey of love By Johnny Doherty CSsR  It is very noticeable when you are around the family and friends of a young couple who are getting ready for their wedding day, how much of the conversation is about them losing their freedom, especially the man! People talk about getting married and settling down. The implication is that all the...

Friday July 3, 2020 Divorce could be a thing of the past, say marriage experts   A Catholic marriage counsellor and family expert believes divorce could be consigned to the history books for those couples who really want to stay together.  Derek Boylen, the Director of the Centre for Life, Marriage and Family in the Archdiocese of Perth, says, “[Some Researches say] we actually know enough about marriage and family life to end...