A couple of months ago I was invited to speak on the Made for Love podcast, to discuss hospitality - what has arguably become the forgotten virtue of our time.
Dear friends, I have returned to the busy, noisy world after spending most of the week in blissful silence on retreat. And something happened which I want to share...
Those who have listened to my podcasts will have heard me use this phrase. And since I talk about it so much I figured I should probably explain myself, even though I know I'm risking the general ire of my male audience.
If you were born after 1980 chances are you were brought up watching Disney movies as a kid. The first movie I ever watched at the cinema was Disney's Beauty and the Beast, when I was four or five years old. Like most little girls, I absolutely adored them and fell in love with the … Continue reading Did Disney sell us a lie?
This week was a terrible one for faithful Catholics across the country, but particularly in Victoria and New South Wales.
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.
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.
Her characters are relatableSeriously, who doesn't identify with Anne Elliot, Catherine Morland, Marianne Dashwood or Lizzie Bennet at times? Or indeed, any of her other characters? Love her or loathe her, Jane Austen had a wonderful understanding of the human person, which is why she was able to create such three-dimensional, relatable characters that you … Continue reading 7 reasons why women love Jane Austen
Since the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse wrapped up at the end of 2017 in Australia, there have been many calls from politicians, child protection groups and the media to force priests to break the confessional seal in cases of confessions by pedophiles and child abusers. Some states have even gone so far … Continue reading Attack the confessional seal, attack the Church
After publishing my article, The Catholic Weekly followed it up the next week with a wonderful response by Philippa Martyr. Philippa picked up where my article left off - on the importance of not storing up your treasures here on earth but in Heaven, our ultimate destiny. She addressed an important issue that I didn't … Continue reading Don’t hide behind ‘God’s will’
Bad dating experiences are all too common these days, and the Church is no exception. When I wrote my article, it drew a lot of negative comments from some who dismissed many of the concerns I raised. In response to this, a young woman in her late 20s called Sophie reached out to me to … Continue reading Some unfortunately common dating experiences…
I have been sent so many beautiful notes, hopeful messages and words of encouragement over the past four weeks and I want to share the love. I hope that some of you may find hope and encouragement in these words, as I did. The below were published in the Catholic Weekly's Letters page the week … Continue reading Love(ly) Letters
Below is the second version of the article 'For want of a lot of good men'; this one I wrote for The Australian. It was published on Saturday, 25 May 2019. A good man is hard to find, and increasingly becoming even more scarce Where are all the good, marriageable men? This is a question … Continue reading Good men are hard to find
This whole adventure began on Thursday, 2 May 2019 when The Catholic Weekly published an article I'd been working on for a couple of weeks about an issue I felt deeply about, but never seemed to hear or read anyone discussing. Namely, the absence of good, moral, normal men, and the consequent desperation that was … Continue reading The article that started it all