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…

Unveiling a desire for God

I was intrigued when I set out to interview four Sydney Catholics who choose to wear veils or scarves as head coverings at Mass and or/make them. I love donning a hat or cap whenever I leave the house but veiling for church settings (though I’m seeing it more frequently among young people) is quite…

Another lockdown weekend

Yesterday, after watching the usual live-streamed Mass, our teenagers took us on one of their favourite bush walks in our neighbourhood. We’re blessed to live with walking distance of a couple of playgrounds, a sports oval, and little creek-riven reserves, but the best to my mind are these bushland tracks. Soil, rock, water, trees and…

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. Its intention is to encourage viewers…