Prize-winning stories

A few weeks ago the newspaper I work for won six awards at this years’ Australian Catholic Press Association conference. Three of them were for stories I wrote last year, which was nice. In December I visited Forbes, Parkes and Condobolin in central west New South Wales and met kids, parents, teachers, and priests who…

What I’m enjoying at the moment

Spring is still bursting forth with all its loveliness. The neighbourhood jacarandas will be in bloom in a couple of weeks. The camelias and azaelias have finished their shows. In my little pot garden I’ve planted radishes, lettuce and Italian basil and tomatoes. A pot of giant apricot-coloured gerberas and another of deep red ranunculus…

Wisdom from St Teresa of Avila

We are always in the presence of God, yet it seems to me that the manner in which He is present is different for those who pray. So said Teresa Cepeda y Ahumada, a most extraordinary 16th century Spanish woman. We know her as St Teresa of Avila or St Teresa of Jesus, the founder…

One woman lighting the way through the pandemic

Rita Di Napoli lives in Sydney and during last year’s lockdown was inspired by its churches to launch her own fragrant candle-making and card-printing business. She kindly gave me a couple of candles to sample and they really are beautiful. Read the whole story at The Catholic Weekly and find Rita’s work and inspiration over…