Fathers are special but why celebrate in September?
On a sunny morning in July 2017, Gold Coast Titans NRL player Chris McQueen nervously lay waiting on a hospital gurney. Having swapped his bright blue jersey for a white hospital gown, he watched as the anaesthetist wiped his arm with an alcohol swab and winced as the needle of the intravenous cannula pierced his skin.
Son of a viscount, Charles was born in Strasburg on September 15, 1858. A dreamer, who put the Eucharist and the gospel at the centre of his existence, he was born of a staunchly Catholic family. Seven months after his birth, his mother died as a result of a miscarriage and his father passed away six months later from tuberculosis.
The fourth issue of our pregnancy magazine, Becoming Parents – A Spiritual journey is now available.
And a New Journey Begins complements the first three issues that cover topics relevant to a couples’ pregnancy journey. The last issue includes articles on breastfeeding, respecting yourself, setting boundaries for visitors, baby’s first steps and sharing your hopes and dreams.
Pure in Heart is certainly swimming against the tide of 21st century culture. It began in the early 1990s when during a trip to Medjugorje, two young Irish women, Anne Wright and Edel Reynolds, felt a call to do something to promote purity. They began to speak of chastity in schools and at retreats.
The newly elected president of Catholic Religious Australia (CRA), Peter Carroll, has written to the prime minister urging him “to take action to right the wrongs that have been and continue to be perpetrated against asylum seekers”. CRA includes leaders of almost 150 Catholic congregations of sisters, brothers and priests Australia-wide.