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Summary of Amoris Laetitia: On Love in the Family from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Last edited 11th April 2016

The Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia seeks emphatically to affirm not the “ideal family” but the very rich and complex reality of family life. Its pages provide an openhearted look, profoundly positive, which is nourished not with abstractions or ideal projections, but with pastoral attention to reality. The text is a close reading of family life, with spiritual insights and practical wisdom useful for every human couple or persons who want to build a family. Above all, it is patently the result of attention to what people have lived over 7 many years. The Exhortation Amoris laetitia: On Love in the Family indeed speaks the language of experience and of hope.

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Biblical Basics about Mother Mary – A Homily for the Second Sunday of the Year

Last edited 17th January 2016

In the Gospel for Sunday 17 January 2016 we hear the story of the wedding feast at Cana. In this Scripture passage, there is a theological portrait of both Mother Mary and of prayer, including the incredible power and the product of Mary’s prayer.

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Feast of the Chair of St Peter: A Reflection on the Papacy

Last edited 18th February 2016

Today is the Feast Day of the Chair of St. Peter, which celebrates the papacy and St. Peter as the first bishop of Rome. Today we also pray especially for our own Pope! May Our Lord protect and comfort Pope Francis as he leads our Holy Catholic Church.

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The Rise and Fall of a Prophet and What His Story Means for Us

Last edited 16th December 2015

He is one of the more curious figures of the Bible; the details of his life and story are caught up in textual complexities in the Book of Numbers. Though a prophet, he was not even an Israelite. He wrote no book and is not counted among Israel’s prophets. And yet a prophet he was, for he spoke the oracles of God and brought blessings to Israel at a critical time in its history.

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Religion and Its Duties Are Not Only an Act of Justice Toward God, but Something We Owe One Another

Last edited 14th December 2015

In his Summa Theologica, St. Thomas Aquinas discusses the virtue of religion within his treatise on justice. This surprises some, who expect it to be treated under the theological virtue of faith. But Thomas clearly states that religion is not a theological virtue. Theological virtues have God Himself for their object, whereas religion has as its object the reverence, worship, and honor due to God (cf IIa, IIae 81.5). Religion is a matter of justice because we owe God a debt of honor, worship, and gratitude (cf IIa, IIae 81.2).

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People Who Think Jesus Didn’t Exist Are Seriously Confused

Last edited 3rd November 2015

The news that 40 per cent of British people, according to a recent poll, do not believe that Jesus was “a real person” is pretty shattering whichever way you look at it.

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Vatican Welcomes Leaders of Different Faiths, to Mark Key Anniversary

Last edited 28th October 2015

The 'Nostra Aetate' declaration opened a new chapter with non Christian faiths. It was 50 years ago, back in 1965 that the Catholic Church broke ground by starting a new chapter in its approach to non-Christian religions.

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Understanding the Six Days of Creation

Last edited 28th October 2015

Jimmy Akin is interviewed on FocusToday on the subject of creation vs evolution, specifically, how we as Catholics can interpret the Book of Genesis and the story of the Creation of the world in six days.

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Fr John Riccardo - "On the Family", Podcast Series on the Synod

Last edited 27th October 2015

As the Synod of Bishops on the Family continues in Rome, Fr John Riccardo looks at the Book of Genesis for a reminder on who God created us to be. Fr John reminds us to shut out the negativity and rumours that are causing a lack of unity amoung Catholics during this time, and focus on uniting in prayer and trusting in the Holy Spirit and our Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ in Earth.

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Do Catholics Follow All Those Weird Old Testament Laws?

Last edited 8th October 2015

Fr. Mike Schmitz explains why Christians are called to follow some laws of the Old Testament and not others. Passing on the advice of Pope Benedict XVI, he distinguishes between universal laws, like the Ten Commandments and “case by case” laws, like those to be followed only in the kingdom of Israel and the temple.

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