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Letter to my Granddaughter By Jan Richards To my dearest granddaughter and your husband I am over-joyed. I have just heard the wonderful news that you are having a baby. How exciting! You both must be so happy and be looking forward to welcoming this new life into your family unit. Babies are a gift from God, and I thank God too for your...

Hungry For Change By Bruce Duncan CsSr Our generation is one of the most fortunate in human history in terms of being well fed and nourished. Generations of people who have worked resolutely to increase food production and yields can be thanked. But the battle is far from over. Many millions still suffer and die from hunger each year. Despite recent successes with...

Healing Through Song By Deborah Robertson Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (Matthew 5:4) I can’t remember where I was last week when I realised that feeling had gone. Perhaps we were sitting at the kitchen table. That feeling would overwhelm me, especially when I was having a wonderful time with my son. The feeling I had was one...

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...

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