Tabula Rasa: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth DownieMy rating: 4 of 5 starsAnother wonderful instalment in the ongoing series featuring Gaius Petreius Ruso, Medicus of Rome's Twentieth Legion, his wife, Tilla, and a cast of regular supporting characters.This edition sees Ruso stationed with a work party from the Legion in the … Continue reading Review: Tabula Rasa
My homily for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) as preached during the 9.30am Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Isaiah 52:7-10; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18. https://open.spotify.com/episode/5bZNC6mb32qILAC1dnzUqI
My homily for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) as preached at the Midnight Mass in the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Isaiah 9:1-7; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14. https://open.spotify.com/episode/6pASnjwWvEn3r9VmMK5czI
As I write this post I'm waiting to celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ with 'Midnight Mass' (which starts at midnight regardless of what others might say!) and surfing through YouTube. The clip below comes from the United States Air Force Band. It captured my attention. and so I share it with … Continue reading The Sound of ‘One Voice’
My homily for the 4th Sunday of Advent (Year C) as preached at the 5pm Sunday Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Micah 5:1-4; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-44. "As we approach the Feast of the Incarnation, we are reminded that God has fulfilled the promise made to God's people, to Elizabeth and … Continue reading Homilies: 4th Sunday of Advent, Year C
It is customary for the Bishop of the diocese in which I live and minister to prepare a Christmas Message for distribution to the diocese and the wider community in the lead up to Christmas. Because our Bishop is currently recovering from surgery, the 2018 Christmas Message fell to me to both prepare and deliver. … Continue reading A Christmas Message
The Mid Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) heralds a triumph for the current Federal Government: a Commonwealth Budget that will return to surplus earlier than anticipated. One could be cynical and say that the outcome is more than a little convenient for the current government given that the next Federal election looms within the next … Continue reading The Smarter Nation?
I've been reading a book entitled The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic, written by Mike Duncan, who I first discovered via his podcast entitled The History of Rome. At the end the chapter I have just concluded reading that tells the story of Gaius Sempronius Gracchus, there is a … Continue reading The Ruination of a Nation
My homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent (Year C) as preached during the 5pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton on Sunday 16 December 2018. The readings were Zephaniah 3:14-18; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:10-18. "Our readings today remind us that preparations for Christmas during Advent are about preparing ourselves to welcome the Reign of … Continue reading Homilies: 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year C
A wonderful opinion piece in this week's edition of The Saturday Paper from Anne Summers, lamenting the dearth of considered and well-developed policies in the Australian public discourse, and the rise of too much attention being given to politics and political machinations. I have to admit to having some sympathy for the position that Summers outlines, … Continue reading Policies Not Politics
Writing for Eureka Street, Andrew Hamilton makes a very strong case for the value of confidentiality in public discourse, drawing on the various conversations that have been part of the ongoing discussion in the public domain of late. At the heart of Hamilton's argument, is the following paragraphs: Does it matter that confidentiality is infringed in … Continue reading The Value of Confidentiality
In the Beginning, There Were Stories: Thoughts about the Oral Tradition of the Bible by William J. Bausch My rating: 3 of 5 stars The basic principle espoused in this book is a simple one - the Bible is not first and foremost a written text that must be used and analysed as a written … Continue reading Review: In the Beginning, There Were Stories: Thoughts about the Oral Tradition of the Bible
Semper Fidelis: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie My rating: 4 of 5 stars Another enjoyable journey through the daily life of a Medicus of Rome's Twentieth Legion, currently stationed in the province of Britannia. Our hero, Gaius Petreius Ruso, and his Briton wife, Tilla, are visiting one of the smaller … Continue reading Review: Semper Fidelis
For a variety of reasons I didn't preach a 'normal' homily this weekend, and the only homily I did preach I forgot to record. So contribution from The Doohan Discourse this weekend, but I promise I'll be back for the 3rd Sunday of Advent.
For the December edition of Aurora - the magazine of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, I had the opportunity to 'come off the bench' and provide a column for where the Bishop usually writes. This was because the Bishop is recovering from bypass surgery and wasn't in a position to contribute his usual column. So here it is... … Continue reading Holding Fast To Hope
I often find myself disturbed by the reaction of some public commentators, unfortunately those who can be generally described as being on the 'right' of the political divide, when the way in which they seek to make their point, and often the language they choose to use, is called out for being disrespectful towards the … Continue reading In Defence of Civility
Caveat Emptor: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie My rating: 4 of 5 stars Another wonderful contribution in the ongoing series of novels featuring Gaius Petreius Ruso, the sometime Medicus of Rome's 20th Legion in Britannia, though currently a private citizen. Having returned from his home in Gaul with his wife, … Continue reading Review: Caveat Emptor
My homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent (Year C) as preached during the 5.30pm Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Hamilton. The readings were Jeremiah 33:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3:12 - 4:2; Luke 21:25-28, 34-36. "The arrival of Advent focuses our attention on the fulfilled promise of God to send the Messiah, a promise once fulfilled … Continue reading Homilies: 1st Sunday of Advent, Year C
The prayer intention of Pope Francis for December 2018 is one for evangelisation: That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.
I remember the first time - the only time in fact - that I watched the movie Schindler's List. It was one of the very few occasions in my movie going that at the end of the movie, no one moved until the credits were over, and then they moved in silence. Such was the power … Continue reading Music To Stir The Soul