A softer Lent of little penances

My Lenten penance this year was easy to settle on. This life in the suburbs with routines of work and a clutch of young children, shows me very clearly every day, what my weaknesses are, where I can become a bit better as a person, where I can give God a bit more leeway to…

The great Rodrigues family road trip of 2017

  I started writing this from a lovely motel a couple of weeks ago. A trip which was going to be just me helping to run a retreat for women for the diocese of Armidale, turned into a longer trip, so I could attend a bishop’s ordination on Wednesday, a few hours north of the…

Meet the atheist scientist who believes in miracles

Miracle-expert Dr Jacalyn Duffin doesn’t sound like an atheist when she talks about the mysterious benefit of prayer and the witness of a saintly life. She says miracles happen, and are genuine wonders upon which only believers can shed some light. Her position has garnered attention all over the world – and controversy among the…

Thoughts after reading Night’s Bright Darkness by Sally Read

Who else loves a good conversion story? I’ve known many, but found it a great grace to begin the year reading Sally Read’s memoir of her conversion, Night’s Bright Darkness. At the end of 2010 she was confirmed and received her first Holy Communion in the chapel of Santa Marta in Rome after a dramatic…