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.
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?
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.
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 🙂
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.
My ABC Radio interview
I was recently contacted by our national broadcaster, ABC, to speak about the issues raised in my article. Here is the result.
The reality of looking for Mr Right
In today's edition of The Catholic Weekly - the paper that published my now-viral article - there is a beautiful testimony from an unnamed woman as a sort of response to the concerns I raised. It also ties in nicely with my last post on making the most of your single years.
How father absence is affecting our marriage prospects
A reader just put me onto this very enjoyable rant by Suzanne Venker in the Washington Examiner. I understand last Sunday was Father's Day in the USA (in Australia it falls in September); this op-ed addresses the issue of fatherlessness and father absence in America, hitting on some very poignant universal truths, in my opinion: … Continue reading How father absence is affecting our marriage prospects
Why you need a community
Something that has come up again and again in discussions on this blog and elsewhere in response to what I've written is the need for community. The loss of community is one of the many scourges of the modern age, particularly in countries like Australia. Unlike many older countries, we do not have the customs, … Continue reading Why you need a community
Women: marriage and motherhood are not the pinnacle of your lives
Today I recorded an interview with Mary Ashley Burton of the Fishers of Men Podcast. The podcast explores Christian dating, relationships and singlehood in a post-Christian context. She called me from LA - 8pm Thursday her time, 1pm Friday my time - and we chatted through my lunch break. I really enjoyed the conversation, as … Continue reading Women: marriage and motherhood are not the pinnacle of your lives
What men want
A week ago I posted about some of the qualities I find most attractive in men, and how I try to incorporate those same qualities into my life. I asked my male readers what kinds of qualities they seek in a mate and this is what they said.