A chat with The Chosen star Jonathan Roumie

The biggest crowd-funded media project to date is a multi-series TV show launched last year about Jesus Christ, called The Chosen. The brainchild of Evangelical filmmaker Dallas Jenkins and with an advisory team including a Jewish Rabbi and a Catholic priest the historical drama is inspired by the Gospel stories. It’s intention is to encourage viewers…

The wound that heals

For the past couple of years, I’ve belonged to a small faith conversation group that runs from around May to August. It focuses on the writings of Discalced Carmelite saints St John of the Cross, St Teresa of Avila and St Therese of Lisieux along with other traditional and contemporary spiritual writers. Due to social…

Female beauty and St Thérèse’s Unpetalled Rose

I can’t help proceeding with caution when it comes to letting any of our kids spend a great deal of time, effort, and mental space on their appearance, or other people’s. We live in a world where it is practically considered morally unacceptable to not be physically attractive according to narrowly-defined standards of physical beauty….

What is ‘carrying my daily cross’ really about?

As I move into middle age I see that increasingly, a big part of my daily cross is my experience of myself as I struggle to accept life as it is and be grateful for it, including the annoying and distressing bits that have been annoying and distressing me for five, or 10, or 20…

What Mother Teresa taught me about sowing world peace

As the canonisation of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta approaches I’m reminded of one of her oft-repeated themes; the need for peace in the home. She said, often, that world peace begins within the family, that home is where we sow peace, and that love begins not with the doing of great charitable works in…

The freedom to believe

From my column in the The Catholic Weekly. Social researcher and commentator Hugh Mackay has a new book out this month with the title Beyond Belief. I’m yet to read it, but the publisher’s blurb says that it is Mackay’s examination of the phenomenon of Australians moving away from organised religion and religious institutions, while…

Resolved

My column published recently in The Catholic Weekly. Many of us love to launch into a new year with resolutions that only see us through the first couple of weeks of January, as popular website and magazine publishers know too well. We start the New Year with goals and resolutions, some serious, some more frivolous,…

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…

Happy New Year!

I hope I’m not too late to wish you a very Happy New Year! It seems like a strange quirk of human nature to get so excited over the simple change of December 31 to January 1 each year – but I still do. Last year was good for me and my family in many ways; this…

Little family, big job

This is my column recently published in The Catholic Weekly.   In his first official homily as the new Archbishop of Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher certainly painted an inspiring 20-year vision for the Catholic Church in Sydney (which should benefit the whole city). In part, he said that he hoped by the time he retired…

What to do when envy strikes

Popular international speaker Leah Darrow is visiting a gathering of women in a house in Arcadia in outer Sydney’s north west. I’ve been invited by a friend but I’ve also been commissioned to write an article on Leah. The former New York model chats over lunch while her husband Rick watches their first child, one-year-old Agnes, play with my younger children…