Hello faithful readers! Just a quick note to let you know I'll be away on a silent retreat this week. I will have no access to any devices and my phone will be switched off for the whole blessed week..! Never fear, though! I will prepare a couple of scheduled posts to go up during … Continue reading Away on retreat
The Cardinal Pell Conclusion..?
This week was a terrible one for faithful Catholics across the country, but particularly in Victoria and New South Wales.
‘Are we actually dating?’
In our culture, there is often too much ambiguity surrounding romantic intentions, so much so that it can be unclear whether the other person sees you as 'just a friend' or something more.
Is a good man hard to find?
I mentioned some weeks ago that I'd recorded an episode for a new podcast the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney launched this month called This Catholic Life. The episode has just come out and I hope you'll find it as interesting to listen to as I did recording it. What I really enjoyed about this conversation … Continue reading Is a good man hard to find?
What went wrong with Downton Abbey?
With the Downton Abbey movie to be released next month, I thought it might be fun to post something lighthearted by looking into this tragically popular television series and analysing exactly what went wrong.
Restoring our communities
Last night, our parish held a dinner and bush dance. Apart from the fact that I love dancing, I was eager to help run this event because I felt it tied in very closely with my own concerns about our lack of community within the Church.
Kissing Christianity goodbye
A few days ago a reader alerted me to the news that popular evangelical Christian author Josh Harris of I kissed dating goodbye fame renounced his Christian faith following his recent divorce. Or more accurately, he announced that the renunciation of his Christian faith was intricately linked with his well-publicised divorce. The obvious question here … Continue reading Kissing Christianity goodbye
Spiritual fatigue: being Christian in the 21st century
Being a Christian has never been an easy gig. However, being a Christian seems to have gotten so much harder in recent times. I'm not talking about the last few decades, I'm talking about the last 10 years.
Something light… The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Okay... so I realise I've come very late to the party on this one - but I just discovered the Lizzie Bennet Diaries on Youtube and for a couple of shameful days, I did almost nothing other than watch it from start to finish! And before YOU start shaming me too, bear in mind that … Continue reading Something light… The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
When life pulls a fast one on you…
Have you ever had those moments when your life feels a bit like a sitcom? That there is some cosmic candid camera on standby and a hidden audience laughing at whatever unfortunate or painfully coincidental circumstance is happening to you? Like when you meet up with the guy you're seeing in order to break up … Continue reading When life pulls a fast one on you…
Ladies: be gracious in your refusal
Ladies, every now and then you will be asked out by someone you have absolutely no attraction to, or interest in. However, nothing warrants rudeness or unkindness in response.
Christian dating in a post-Christian world
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had recorded a podcast with Fishers of Men host Mary Ashley Burton. The episode has just been released! I had a chance to listen to it today and am pleased to report that I'm getting gradually less squeamish about hearing my voice on audio 🙂
Couples: please keep your displays of affection private
Bleughhh. Is there anything quite so revolting as sitting near a couple who start smooching on a train or a bus? I found myself in just such a situation this morning.
Helping your child find the right spouse
A little while ago, I received the following email from a reader: Maybe it's not a spot-on topic vis-a-vis your article, but I would like practical ideas as to what those of us who are parents of boys (I have 3) can do to ensure that they (1) are encouraged to marry orthodox Catholic women and (2) find orthodox Catholic women to marry!
What True Love looks like
Last week I went to the wedding of two very dear friends. This image of the couple on their happy day shows what True Love really looks like.