Today I had the honour of seeing my name in print for the second time in our national newspaper, The Australian. This time, I wrote a response to FM radio host Kyle Sandilands of The Kyle and Jackie O Show, the highest-rated FM radio show.
Yes, judge me if you will. Despite detailing my disappointment with how the series developed, I went ahead and watched the movie anyway. But look at it this way: now you can decide whether or not you want to see it based on my spoiler-free review 🙂 So with that non-apology out of the way, what did … Continue reading Something light: Reviewing the Downton Abbey movie
A point of contention I find myself facing often is whether you should date someone you don't necessarily feel a 'connection with' and, if so, for how long.
A few days ago I finally got to see Unplanned!
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.
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
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
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’