Category: OBrien

The passing of Fr Jack O’Brien

The Southern Cross mourns the death of our long-standing columnist Fr Jack O’Brien OMI, who died at 89 on May 19, 2009, shortly after breaking a hip in a fall. His provincial superior in...

Death leads to resurrection

Death leads to resurrection

The Scottish poet Edwin Muir once wrote about the crucifixion from an eyewitness’ perspective: “That was the day they killed the Son of God on a squat hill-top by Jerusalem. Zion was bare, her children...

Lawrence of Arabia and God’s love

Lawrence of Arabia and God’s love

A weathercock that once placed a farmer’s barn above, Bore on it, by the owner’s will, the sentence: ‘God is Love’. His neighbour, passing, questioned him. He deemed the legend strange – “Now dost...

No time for idling: much work to do

No time for idling: much work to do

THE editor of the English Communist newspaper The Worker during World War II was Douglas Hyde. Disillusioned with Commu-nism, he and his wife became Catholics. More Stories: Young people’s challenges Woman’s special place in...

Prepare for the ‘decisive baby’

Prepare for the ‘decisive baby’

“A  little child, a shining star, a stable rude, the door ajar; Yet in that place so crude, forlorn, the Hope of all the world is born.” The word Christmas entered the English language in...

In Jesus’ presence

In Jesus’ presence

Father Mitch Pacwa, a Jesuit, appears regularly on EWTN, the Catholic Television Network in Alabama. On one occasion, a talk on the Blessed Sacrament, the shortage of priests came up for discussion. More Stories: No...

Scott Hahn: A convert’s story

Scott Hahn: A convert’s story

Scott Hahn was converted, as we saw in last month’s column, during the first Mass he had ever attended, in the basement chapel of Marquette University. From his studies he knew that in the writings...

Our Christian quest for holiness

Our Christian quest for holiness

“I  am with you always; yes, till the end of time.” These were Jesus’ last words to his apostles; reassuring, consoling words. “From them we must gain new impetus in Christian living,” Pope John...

Are you a ‘Nothing Catholic’

Are you a ‘Nothing Catholic’

It is estimated that by the year 2050 the whole of Latin (South) America will be Protestant. Once a Catholic continent, with the largest number of Catholics in the world, its people are abandoning, or...