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Mia’s Confirmation

On 14th August 2016, my daughter Mia was confirmed into the Lutheran Church of Australia at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Box Hill. As part of the confirmation service, all of the candidates presented their personal “faith statement” and a “faith … Continue reading

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Hebrews 8: “The Old Covenant is Obsolete”

In Hebrews 8:13, the writer says that “In speaking of a new covenant [through Jeremiah the prophet], he [the Lord] makes the first one obsolete.” That seems clear enough. But which covenant is the writer referring to: the one with … Continue reading

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On the Salvation of the Jews etc.

An email list to which I belong recently drew my attention to this post by Fr Hunwicke on his blog: “Nostra aetate; its authority; Judaism; good news” In this post, he reports the comments of one Archbishop Pozzo, “an official … Continue reading

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“What is wrong with Pope Francis?”

“What Is Wrong With Pope Francis?” That is the question Rod Dreher asks in this article in the American Conservative, sent to me on an email list to which I belong (and which, incidentally, I have often thought of leaving … Continue reading

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A Modern Pilgrim reads Belloc’s “Path to Rome”

There are many books which give an account of the experiences of modern pilgrims. Books by pilgrims to Santiago are a dime a dozen, and their quality varies enormously. In addition, there are many accounts available of other walking tours. … Continue reading

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MacKillop-Woods Way Pilgrimage 2016: Amalgamated Posts of the First Leg

Well, now that we are home, I have been able to upload the final picture galleries for our last few days on the first leg of the MacKillop-Woods Way Pilgrimage. Sean and I caught the 7:50am coach from Bairnsdale early … Continue reading

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Endorsement of the MacKillop-Woods Way Pilgrimage from Bishop Patrick of Sale

I returned to the office this morning to find this waiting in my pigeon hole: A very pleasant surprise. Here is a scan of the pilgrim passport with Bishop Patrick’s seal upon it: We still have plenty of walking to … Continue reading

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MacKillop-Woods Way Pilgrimage 2016: Day Thirteen (End of 1st leg)

Endings are hard. The end of a pilgrimage is, I think, especially hard. John Cooney said to me the other day that he always found arriving in Santiago a bit of an anticlimax at the end of the Camino. I … Continue reading

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MacKillop-Woods Way Pilgrimage 2016: Day Twelve

Today we farewelled Cowwarr for good, as John Cooney drove us back to Munro for our second to last day of walking on this first leg of our pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. I … Continue reading

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MacKillop-Woods Way Pilgrimage: Day Eleven

I am a day behind in my write-ups of the pilgrimage – I was so tired last night (Thursday night) that I went straight to bed at 8:30pm and Sean had to wake me at 6:30am this morning. So – … Continue reading

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