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…

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…

A spirituality of motherhood and creativity

From my Catholic Weekly column, which I was recalling today. I still very much feel that this is true about the creativity of motherhood, or at least, my experience of it. Though we live very different lives, I could relate to what the celebrated Australian artist Michael Leunig described about the way that he is able…