The Feminine Genius

By |2017-09-07T04:09:46+10:00May 10th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Mary & the Saints, Womanhood|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

An invitation... I am a mother to three young children under the age of six. Prior to having children I thought I had it all worked out, I had read all the books right? I presented parent information nights on the challenges and pressures of adolescence, puberty education evenings for parents and their children and seminars to high school

Seasons of Grace

By |2017-09-07T03:03:32+10:00February 1st, 2015|Categories: Articles, Lent & Easter|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Among the Seasons of the Church, the great season of Lent calls us to the grace of perseverance. Modern family life is busy. The constant stream of events and activities shuttling kids around, work, parish or community commitments… It’s a constant drone that makes it difficult to maintain our focus on the things that really matter. Our Church calendar is a great

Prayer on the Run

By |2017-09-07T02:55:21+10:00January 20th, 2015|Categories: Parenting, Rituals & Prayer|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Let’s face it; modern parenting is a vast juggling act. Between school, sports, music, coaching, medical appointments and homework it’s common to feel overwhelmed. Add to the mix for Christian parents, the responsibility to also nurture their child’s spiritual and religious formation, and we’ve got a whole cohort of stressed out, frazzled, and probably grumpy, parents. In Familiaris Consortio,

Getting Serious about Play

By |2017-09-07T01:13:23+10:00February 25th, 2014|Categories: Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , |

What are your childhood memories? I immediately think of happy times playing in the garden, building cubbies out of cardboard boxes, climbing trees, inventing adventure games and baking cakes in the sandpit. Research shows that simply playing is key to a child’s cognitive, emotional and social development. According to Professor Gray, a Professor of Psychology

Angels on High

By |2018-09-17T09:29:27+10:00February 20th, 2014|Categories: Articles, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Over the last two decades, Angels have become very popular in New Age spirituality. With TV shows like Supernatural, and films like Constantine and Legion, as well as numerous books, the secular world seems very much enamoured with angels and their not-so-nice counter parts, demons.  The word ‘Angel’ is from the Greek, “aggelos,” and means

What Dads Do

By |2017-09-07T00:17:53+10:00February 18th, 2014|Categories: Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Father's Day is nearly here! In Australia it is anyway. For many children - and lots of dads - this is a day of celebration. Homemade cards will reassure fathers that they are the best dad in the world. New socks and ties will be unwrapped, breakfast will be in bed (burnt and/or soggy), and

On a Mission from God

By |2017-09-07T00:09:40+10:00October 15th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Fostering vocations in your children. Priests and Nuns and Brothers don't grow on trees! There has been a lot discussion in recent decades about the decline in vocations. Indeed this has come to a crisis point in the western world with parishes closing and merging, religious orders dwindling into aged care homes and seminaries standing

Grandparents

By |2017-09-06T23:59:36+10:00July 5th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , |

As a child is born - so are grandparents The rise of Grandparenthood There was a time when grey hair was relatively rare. Many people simply died before they were old enough to be called ‘Grandfather’ or ‘Grandmother’; sometimes in childbirth, sometimes from disease or accident, sometimes in war. Currently, life expectancy in developed nations

Overscheduled Kids

By |2018-08-22T09:23:28+10:00June 26th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Parenting|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In a fast-paced culture driven by the need to have it all, many kids are growing up without the joy of authentic leisure. In a telling exposé of modern family life, author and family therapist Bill Doherty is sounding the alarm about our children’s extra-curricular activities. In a world where parents are driven to provide

Happy Birthday!

By |2018-05-04T00:53:22+10:00May 22nd, 2013|Categories: Articles, Special Feasts|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

You will receive power... The scene: Jesus has been crucified and his body mysteriously goes missing from the tomb. Followers report encounters with the risen Jesus but it’s now ten days since the last one. On that occasion, the disciples saw Jesus ascend into heaven after instructing them to wait in Jerusalem where they would