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Pip McIlroy: Living a life of whole-hearted service

This story was originally written for Melbourne Catholic, published on 19 November 2020. Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.These words of Saint Catherine of Siena resonate […]

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A Bold Invitation from Zephania

This was written for, and first published for Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;shout, O Israel!Rejoice and exult with all your heart,O daughter Jerusalem!The LORD has taken away the judgments against you,he has turned away […]

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New nature cards gift set

The COVID-19 restrictions placed on residents of metro-Melbourne, Australia, have been difficult, and have no doubt impacted each of us in different ways. Amidst the strict lockdown conditions, I was so grateful for the one-hour […]

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Vale Geraldine Dillon, 1936-2020

This article was first published in Kairos Catholic Journal, Issue 11, 24 June – 7 July, 2012. Geraldine Dillon is a household name when it comes to cooking in Australia. She hosted a weekly cooking […]

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Biscotti della Nonna

INGREDIENTS 2 eggs1/3 cup caster sugar1/2 cup olive oil1 cup self raising flowerGood splash of vanilla essenceGrated lemon zest (one lemon)Cup chopped apricots and sultanas (these are ‘to taste’ so if you like these, feel […]

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Pipi e Patate

Chef Naz Cugliari of Il Forno Restaurant, Hampton, shares one of his favourite side dishes, ‘Pipi e Patate’, with Fiona. This is a traditional Calabrian side dish, perfect with crusty bread, or with meat, which […]

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Olives and Herbs with papà Lui Basile

In this short video, papà Lui Basile shows us how to prepare one of his favourite ‘snack’ or ‘side’ dishes – green olives with herbs. Super easy, fast to make, and delicious! You can use […]

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Sugo with Mamma Basile

In this cooking video, I welcome my mum, ‘Mamma Basile’, into the kitchen who is showing us how to make delicious, tasty Sugo, the famous Italian tomato sauce that goes with just about everything! In […]

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Delighting in nature with God

This reflection forms part of Ignatian Spirituality’s #31DayswithIgnatius series, which is taking part throughout July 2020 in the lead up to the Feast Day of St Ignatius of Loyola on 31 July. I am playing […]

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A personal letter

She has brilliant green eyes and short brown hair.You can see that her hair is turning grey but she doesn’t care.She has a soft look and soft hands.She is short and overweight.She knows she shouldn’t […]

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