No place to lay His head? Must have lived in Sydney

According to recent data, average Sydney house prices have risen 67 per cent in the last five years, to a median price of $845,000 in 2016. Average incomes haven’t kept up with this pace, as we know. This is good news for people who have invested in residential real estate, but for those whose home…

Last days before Christmas

Five days out from Christmas and I’m still trying to think of myself as in my usual part-time work mode, because we have birthdays and things in late December and we’re going on a family camp in early January. I won’t get any work done until after that. But with the children now all on…

Restless nights and welcome dawns: An Advent reflection

At this point during Advent, Gaudete Sunday, I always remember one particular early dawn. Or rather, how it felt to see that day dawn. It was the day our first child was born. I’d been admitted to hospital the afternoon before, to have labour induced. My mum and husband had stayed while I had dinner…

Christmas Light and Darkness

This time of year always seems to throw what is important in our lives into stark relief. I don’t know about you but it’s usually bitter-sweet for me. I love this time of year, and at the same time I earnestly look forward to life settling back into ‘normal’ mode. Most of us spend a…

It’s Not Too Late to do Something Beautiful for Advent

We’re nearly getting into the week of the O Antiphons in the Divine Office, or daily prayer of the Catholic Church. They are the antiphons (short prayer or phrase), said just before the Magnificat from December 17 to December 23. I love these, they such a beautiful and deeply meaningful part of our Judeo-Christian story….

Admiring the Baby at Christmas

My column published recently in The Catholic Weekly. After Mass last Sunday, which was Gaudete Sunday, we met a woman carrying her newborn baby boy. Our eldest was delighted, and instantly wanted to touch him. Then, back home, she sighed, “I wish we had another baby”. It is interesting how people are naturally drawn to…

Merry Christmas!

To all my wonderful readers, this is just a quick note to say that I hope you had a happy Christmas day and continue to enjoy this great season! We’ve had three big days of Christmas parties with family and are today having a quiet one. I wish you all a happy and safe 2015. Thank…

Oh Christmas tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging.

  This is my column as published last week in The Catholic Weekly.   It’s taken a while but I think I have learned to embrace the mess that comes with having a brood of young children. Things that use to dismay me, like spilt milk at breakfast time, muddy footprints on just-mopped floors, and…