The Two Standards at Manly Beach?

Just before 3 pm there were lights and sirens and a cavalcade speeding through the streets. Thousands of people had gathered at Manly Beach to see the Duke and Duchesse of Cambridge – and a few Christians were trying to make their way to Good Friday liturgies. While we commemorated the crucifixion, helicopters and...

Being the Body of Christ

Does this extract from Adrian Lyon’s homily for the Feast of Corpus Christi remind you of meals with someone in your life? Some people seem to have a great talent for hosting dinner parties and making community. Every meal with Adrian was a special event, even if it was just soup and salad in...

Knights of the Shabby Coat of Humility?

Feelings about Prime Minister Abbott’s decision to bring back the British Honours system’s Knights and Dames in Australia have been mixed. It would have been very interesting if he had consulted the community about who and what we should honour, and what titles would be most appropriate. We are sometimes wary of honours, and...

Lenten Solidarity

In this reflection for CatholicCare Sydney Sandie Cornish reflects on how traditional Catholic Lenten practices are good for us and for our world. Prayer, penance and charity are the three things that Catholics do in Lent, and they are linked. Lent starts on 5 March, so it’s timely to consider why these practices are...

The Joy of Christmas

This Christmas reflection from Sandie Cornish was written for the CatholicCare Sydney newsletter. Merry Christmas to all our readers! Pope Francis has given us an early Christmas present – his first major teaching document, the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (On the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World). The Latin name comes from the...