Who Am I?

19 Jan 2019

Now, you may ask, why is this question so important? Because, the answer you give or the answer you are given, defines you and how you live.

Tempted to Do Good

17 Jan 2019

The devil lies to us about the good. He tempts us to do the less good.

menALIVE Men’s Weekend

14 Jan 2019

Our Parish is hosting a menALIVE Diocesan weekend. I strongly encourage you men to attend. It’s not going to be like anything you think or have been to.

menALIVE Men’s Weekend

12 Jan 2019

Through a variety of events and programs, men are invited to explore what God would want for their lives and how they might come to experience the fullness of life that God wants for us all.

Ask the Lord for Direction

12 Jan 2019

Scripture is very clear on this. Ask the Lord to direct your path and He will establish you. Notice, He, not you, not me is to direct.

Nine Days Gone

10 Jan 2019

You can still make it in Christ if only you can rejoice and keep on taking those baby steps.

They are working for you

09 Jan 2019

Something we come to appreciate if we are patient enough to trust God - everything works for our good.

At the Heart of Christianity

07 Jan 2019

live looking backwards, remembering the Cross of Christ and its power. The Cross wasn't just an event, it was the event.

She Pondered them in her Heart

05 Jan 2019

She didn't just take each experience on it's own value. She pulled them together and allowed them to speak, to make sense.

Don't Just Plan...

03 Jan 2019

But it is not enough to plan, we have to pray, we have to act on the plan.

New Year Message

01 Jan 2019

Three lessons! Don't let the clock run your life. Second lesson, you shall die. Final lesson, you can't live alone.

Goodbye 2018

31 Dec 2018

n this note I will say goodbye to 2018 with a Hebrew Parable. "God is light. Prosperity is His shadow. When you walk towards God, His shadow will follow you. But when you chase His shadow without chasing Him, you will never catch His shadow".

Christmas is About the Child

30 Dec 2018

This is the heart of the Christmas story. The Child wants us to learn how to move out of our reality so that we can experience His reality.

Conscience and the Christ Child

23 Dec 2018

Finally, even after this formation, man must must learn to be attentive to this voice. Man must learn to set aside life’s distractions in order to be sufficiently present to himself, that he may cultivate the proper interior consciousness to hear that voice (CCC §1779).

Advent Faith Is Not a Big Electric Blanket

21 Dec 2018

Flannery O’Connor is a perfect companion during the Advent season because she reminds us of the hard truth that a human life divorced from God’s friendship and grace in Christ is not a world in which one should be at home.

God is My Oath

21 Dec 2018

Another outstanding fruit of her vow were her utterances of blessings.

Mary: A Witness to Faith

20 Dec 2018

Thus, her responses to the Angel weren't those of doubt. She boldly submitted to God's will as a witness to faith.

Lessons from Zechariah

19 Dec 2018

"Faith is a gift that has to be consciously received". It isn't something that activates it self because of our status or name.

Leave All in God's Hands

16 Dec 2018

But there is something more about leaving things in God’s Hands. We come to see His Hands in everything. That is the miracle.

Advent Flesh?

13 Dec 2018

It is clear, of course, that Christians have spent a good deal of time and energy in imagining and picturing Jesus’s natal flesh. I rather wish they had not. I do not. It seems, to me, unseemly to do so.

Students to be taught authentic Catholicism

03 Dec 2018

“It ensures that students simply do not examine the Catholic faith and way of life, as outsiders looking in, like scientists might examine something under a microscope,” Bishop Kennedy said.

Second Reading

07 Nov 2018

From the Instructions to Catechumens by St Cyril of Jerusalem The power of faith transcends man's strength

Does Darwinian Evolution Naturally Petrify the Image of God?

07 Oct 2018

All the radical claims the Church makes about social justice, about life and death and sex, rest upon that principle, which in turn rests on the mysterious doctrine of the imago Dei—or so the Catechism tells us: “The dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God” (§1700)

menALIVE Special Event

02 Oct 2018

The Importance of Fatherhood Today' - Armidale Diocese Special Event For All Interested Men.

Let’s all take a chill pill

04 Sep 2018

There are three morals to this particular story. First, no matter how horrifying the accusations, people are innocent until proven guilty. Second, the Pope has seen both sides of the abuse crisis: the damaged souls of children and the damaged lives of innocent priests. Third, anyone who says that the Pope is reluctant to end child abuse is ignorant or malicious.

Second Reading

30 Jul 2018

A sermon of St Caesarius of ArlesOn divine and human mercy

Prayer Begins in Pointlessness and Stupidity

15 Jul 2018

The more we grow in prayer, therefore, the more it forms and orders our desires. As St. Thomas teaches in his interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer in the IIa-IIae, this prayer orders our desires. 

The Sacramentality of Time

05 Jul 2018

In other words, when Christians rest, it has a purpose, for Christians do not waste time; they sanctify time.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

04 Jul 2018

"they go out, they go out full of tears carrying seeds for the sowing; they come back, they come back full of joy carrying their sheaves"

Alive with love: the Sacred Heart of Jesus

08 Jun 2018

This is the meaning of the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is always a personal, affective, devotional relation with the whole of Jesus, contained in the image of his heart alive with love.


25 May 2018

Attached is a 4-step process for a Listening and Dialogue Encounter which you may like to utilise... Parishes (and individuals if they wish) are then invited to make their submission to me at

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

14 May 2018

The psalmist asked the big question "who can climb the mountain of the Lord". "Only the man with pure heart..." he said. Purity begins from the heart.


20 Apr 2018

We will never discover the special, personal calling that God has in mind for us if we remain enclosed in ourselves, in our usual way of doing things, in the apathy of those who fritter away their lives in their own little world. We would lose the chance to dream big and to play our part in the unique and original story that God wants to write with us.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

19 Apr 2018

It sounds paradoxical, but when we are poor of our own will, we begin to do the Will of Him who created us for happiness.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

08 Apr 2018

He saw in the doubting Thomas, the man who will make the greatest profession of faith: "My Lord and my God". Christ saw more... Mercy.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

06 Apr 2018

Easter is about what is real. We don't need to be like others. All we need to do is to bring our real self to the real God who raises us up (Acts 2:24)

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

04 Apr 2018

While we may have our doubts or faith in the resurrection, the joy of Easter isn't in explaining the mystery but in participating in the mystery.

Why Do We Cover Crucifixes and Statues During Lent?

18 Mar 2018

Third, the Church uses veils to produce a heightened sense of anticipation for Easter Sunday. This is further actualized when you attend daily Mass and see the veils each day. You don’t want them to be there because they are hiding some very beautiful image

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

04 Mar 2018

Cleaning the Temple means getting rid of the many goods and voices that distracts us from the One Good and the One Word.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

18 Feb 2018

"Behold, this child (Christ) is destined for the fall and the rise of many in Israel and to be a sign of contradiction"

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

07 Feb 2018

The more we focus on God's action, the more we become who He created us to be; the more we are driven by His purpose, not by our fears and anxieties; the less we become distracted by others.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

28 Jan 2018

When we praise God or thank Him, we aren't doing Him a favour, we are actually doing ourselves a favour. Our praise opens us to God's surprises.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

18 Jan 2018

A true friend is the best gift you can have. He or she rises as the sun to light up your life, cause your talents and gifts to spring up and sustain their growth.

The Best Hour

17 Jan 2018

He had received a piece of advice from a friend who told him, “Just get her to adoration, and the Lord will do the rest.”

10 Ways to Prepare Well for Christmas

18 Dec 2017

“Advent is a time of waiting, conversion and of hope,” the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments reminds us.

Hope Comes Through Action

11 Dec 2017

John didn’t appear in the desert proclaiming, “God is coming to change your lives!” He told people that they must change their lives because Christ is coming.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

06 Dec 2017

It is not uncommon to ask the question does God really love me. While it is a sincere question to ask, it is also a question that raises another question, "do I really love God".

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

02 Dec 2017

For it is in the Will of his Creator that he finds peace, the peace that the world cannot give; the Peace that frees him.

Media Release on Marriage Postal Survey

15 Nov 2017

To the many already-married couples and those contemplating it I sat: don't let this decision dishearten you or undermine your appreciation of the sanctity of real marriage

Archbishop Fisher: Does Pope Francis support same-sex marriage?

04 Sep 2017

"A marriage - made up of man and woman - is not the same as the union of two people of the same sex. To distinguish is not to discriminate but to respect differences… At a time when we place emphasis on the richness of pluralism and social and cultural diversity, it is a contradiction to minimise fundamental human differences. A father is not the same as a mother. We cannot teach future generations that preparing yourself for planning a family based on the stable relationship between a man and a woman is the same as living with a person of the same sex."

Coleridge blasts ‘one-sided’ ABC

27 Jul 2017

Archbishop Coleridge has now called on the ABC to re-evaluate its purpose as Australia’s national public broadcaster, saying it had “failed to tell the real story of the Catholic Church in this country”.

Putting God back at the centre

26 Jul 2017

Humanity was created to revolve around God, not God around us and to remove God from our living would be like removing the sun from the earth.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

24 Jul 2017

"Don't be afraid!" He said, "stand firm and see what the Lord will do to save you today. The Egyptians you see now, you will never see them again. The Lord will do the fighting for you: you have only keep still".

Capsule for the Day - Fr. Francis Afu

22 Jul 2017

God's ways aren't our ways. Mystery! Oscar Wilde is right. Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future. Mary Magdalene is a good example here.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

17 Jul 2017

The truth is if we truly know where we are going, we can then ask ourselves how shall we live our lives; the voice, conscience would then make sense.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

16 Jul 2017

In the parable of the sower, we find Jesus using the parable to draw His audience to the awareness of their situation of not listening to the Word and for them to make a decision to listen.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

14 Jul 2017

So, don't be afraid of the grey areas of life. God has promised to go down with you to your doubts, your uncertainties.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

12 Jul 2017

The purpose of this text is simple: no matter the trials that may befall us or even shatter us, we can triumph by the power of Him who loves us.

Pope: 'Let us give Jesus our sins'

11 Jul 2017

Pope Francis then recalled the figure of Saint Jerome who offered the Lord his work of many years to which Jesus replied “No. Jerome. That is not what I want most.” Finally Jerome asked Jesus to tell him what would give him the most joy, and Jesus replied “Give me your sins…”

A letter to the Romans

09 Jul 2017

Christians are always, in a sense, outsiders. We have the joy and privilege to be a leaven for good in society. That’s an exhilarating vocation. It means working for as much justice and virtue in human affairs as we can. We have a special obligation to serve the weak and the poor, and to treat even those who hate us with love.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

07 Jul 2017

But as Christians, we shouldn't be limited to seeing what we want to see in others. We should grow to see what God wants us to see.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

06 Jul 2017

But in the eyes of Jesus, Matthew was "the gift of God". Jesus loved Matthew so much that He found Matthew and asked Matthew to follow Him.

Bishop Barron’s Roadmap for the New Evangelization

05 Jul 2017

“Let me be clear: the Catholic Church has nothing against the sciences, the Church stands with the sciences at their best,” he said. “What the Church opposes is scientism, or the reduction of all knowledge to the scientific form of knowledge.”

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

05 Jul 2017

Hatred can't withstand God's love. For it is tormented and overcome by love. That is why Christ commands us "to love our enemies and do good to them".

How Can You Say That Mary Is the 'New Eve'?

01 Jul 2017

Like Eve, Mary was created full of grace. But unlike Eve, Mary remained obedient to God, just as Christ, unlike Adam, remained obedient to God. In cooperation with God, Mary became Mother of the Redeemer and, in cooperation with Christ, she became Mother of the redeemed as well.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

01 Jul 2017

We have to assent to Revelation and meet the God who has found us in Christ Jesus. It is only by so doing that we will come to know God as He truly is and appreciate His ways.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

29 Jun 2017

He chooses the weak, He said, to shame the wise. But more importantly, He chooses those who are weak enough to let Him be strong in them.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

28 Jun 2017

For happiness isn't about having more, but it is about being more: being with God, being good and living well, being present, being contented

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

27 Jun 2017

It begins with a decision to let go of our will, our life, our dreams and seeks Christ's. It is a risky decision, but it pays off. For Christ said, "any one who seeks, always finds".

The Mature Witness of Child Saints

24 Jun 2017

According to an analysis by the Register using the most readily available sources, there are 429 children and youth — including teenagers — who can roughly be called sanctus, Latin for “holy,” from which we get our word “saint.” This list includes 210 Servants of God, 15 Venerables, 84 beati and 120 saints.

Peter's Pence Today

24 Jun 2017

“‘Peter’s Pence’ is the most characteristic expression of the participation of all the faithful in the Bishop of Rome’s charitable initiatives in favour of the universal Church..."

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

24 Jun 2017

He stopped considering how big and powerful his opponents were and started appreciating what God can do. "But the Lord", he said, "is at my side, a mighty hero; my opponents will stumble...

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

23 Jun 2017

All this makes sense when we fall in love with God. He has found us, it is for us to respond. Lovers keep falling in love day by day.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

22 Jun 2017

All because we have cut off from Him who can humble our pride, purify our desire and order our path. But we can reconnect with Him. And with Him, we can claim our faith.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

21 Jun 2017

In vain is our earlier rising... in vain is our labour... for without God work is unfulfilling, undignifying; it only becomes a form of slavery. Work has meaning when it is done with God and for Him.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

20 Jun 2017

This law of Mercy hangs on the Cross; Christ absorbed man's hatred, but forgave him that he may in turn forgive others.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

19 Jun 2017

This love includes that which is good and wholesome, and excludes that which is evil and destructive like anger that births hatred. It stops the vicious circle hatred.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

18 Jun 2017

Christ gave up His Body for us, so that we may in turn give up our body for Him. Thus, the Eucharist is a marriage feast, prefiguring our eternal union with God. Participating in the Eucharist is living heaven on earth.

'Eucharistic moments'  – Mirroring the broken Christ

17 Jun 2017

To put it at its simplest: the eucharist tells a story, our story. The Last Supper is the heart of a narrative which, on the one hand, links past and present by looking back to the passover and the covenant, and, on the other, orientates the present towards the future by looking forward to the coming of the kingdom.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

17 Jun 2017

We forget what the Lord has done for us and so we disconnect from worshipping Him. This is true for our relationship with God as it is also true for human relationships

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

16 Jun 2017

For the Israelites, memories helped them to be faithful to God. Each time they remembered what the Lord had done, they become humble, would go to Him and worship.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

14 Jun 2017

We are only a people on life's journey, with its ups and downs. When we fall, we shouldn't give up. We should rise, and keep our word.

Exposing Porn’s Lies

13 Jun 2017

Those who, coming from a religious perspective, assume that secularists have no misgivings about pornography may be surprised to hear that, as Fradd writes, “… all over the globe, people are reporting the ill effects of pornography — even those who have no moral qualms with it.

Perpetual Adoration, the closest thing to walking with Jesus

13 Jun 2017

What is Perpetual Adoration? Eucharistic Adoration is a deeply personal method of prayer that many saints have recommended over the past few centuries. It consists of visiting a church or small chapel to adore Jesus Christ, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

12 Jun 2017

In His mercy, He doesn't give us the punishment we deserve. In His Grace, He gives us the favours, the blessings and the gifts we don't deserve. St. Paul puts this beautifully well "where sin increased, grace increased all the more".

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

11 Jun 2017

It is a mystery that is unique to Christianity. We can only narrate what we have been given that explains the mystery: That there is one God, three distinct Persons, equal in divinity, majesty and eternity.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

10 Jun 2017

For when the Israelites worshipped God and obeyed His commandments, they were free, they were at peace in their land. This is also true for us. True worship sets us free from our slavery to sin and evil.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

09 Jun 2017

We need to heed the word of our Creator "be still and know that I am God". We need to retreat and listen to the inner voice of Love. We need to be silent.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

08 Jun 2017

However, since this is a matter of the heart, our hearts are restless until we love the Lord... for our heart's goal is to love God.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

06 Jun 2017

For us, we bond with God when we spend time listening to Him speak to us in the Scriptures; meditating on the Word and allowing the Word to break us, form us and use us for the Glory of God and peace to people on earth.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

06 Jun 2017

In His mercy, He doesn't give us the punishment we deserve. In His Grace, He gives us the favours, the blessings and the gifts we don't deserve

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

05 Jun 2017

A covenant that makes us equal partners in dialogue with the self-communicating God. He is our God and we are His people. The demand of this covenant relationship is the call to be faithful, to obey.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

04 Jun 2017

The One who sent is greater than the one He sent. So let's not be afraid. Let's go to the One who sends, share our struggle with Him. For although we might have failed on the mission, He doesn't fail us.

Le Vent de L’Esprit

03 Jun 2017

The spirit participates in our weakness for we do not know how to pray as we should. But that very Spirit supplicates on our behalf with unutterable groanings. And the Father who searches the heart knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to God.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

03 Jun 2017

The Holy Spirit isn't just a fairy tale character. He is real. He is the third Person of the Godhead. He is the Spirit of Truth; the Truth that is self-communicating and also self-giving.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

02 Jun 2017

Our emotions aren't 100% proof of who we are. They are only indicators that may be true or false. To rely solely on our feelings is to live a false and unrealistic life. And often, this is the cause of depression. Rick Warren puts it this way "feelings aren't fact; they can be highly unreliable..."

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

01 Jun 2017

"Lord, I don't know where You are leading me in this choice I have made, but I know You, lead me on. For it is all about You". 

Insights on Courage

01 Jun 2017

God does not deny himself to anyone who perseveres. Little by little, he will measure out the courage sufficient to attain this victory. I say “courage” because there are so many things the devil puts in the minds of beginners to prevent them from actually starting out on this path.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

31 May 2017

And the child in Elizabeth's womb leapt for joy. Notice, the confession of God’s greatness reveals our mission and bears the fruit of joy, joy that humbles us.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

30 May 2017

We want to be free from God... and yet we want God to be God... We want Him to save us from tragedy. Do we really know what we want?

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

27 May 2017

When life is all about what we get we can't escape loneliness, because we can never be satisfied with what we are given.

When Did the Decline of the West Really Begin?

27 May 2017

In this way it was only a natural transition from believing in a God who imposed meaning on things to thinking it was man who did this. We can see this mindset well-illustrated in our society’s acceptance that marriage and gender mean whatever people say they mean.

A Year After ‘Amoris Laetitia’: Marriage-Ministry Reform Sees First Fruits

26 May 2017

When Amoris Laetitia was published, Father Adams proposed to the shrine’s pastor they change their marriage-preparation methods along the lines envisioned by Pope Francis in Amoris Laetitia to form couples for Christ-centered marriage: giving the engaged “time and space” to be formed for marriage, accompanied by mentor couples and a priest working together, and integrating them into the life of the Church.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

26 May 2017

Good marketing gets even a staunch loyalist. When doubts set in, trust is broken and relationships fall apart. The beginning of sin, and the ruin of man.

Mary Help of Christians

24 May 2017

The tradition of this advocation goes back to 1571, when  the whole of Christendom was saved by Mary Help of Christians when Catholics throughout Europe prayed the Rosary.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

24 May 2017

But what proves parents' love true is their ability to journey with their children through the muddy waters of failure to success. Success has a price tag!


23 May 2017

The promised annual indexation of funding increases from 2018 to 2020 will enable us to say to parents that our current processes for the setting of school fees will remain unchanged and that any annual adjustment to school fees will be modest.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

22 May 2017

We are all endowed with different gifts and talents. While some of us are good at talking, others are good at listening. We are all gifted.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

20 May 2017

Christ Jesus gave suffering a new meaning by going through suffering Himself. No pain, no gain! But it isn't just any pain that brings gain. It's pain borne with Christ and for Christ that's gain.

Daily Capsule - Fr. Francis Afu

19 May 2017

We pray for open-doors... we pray for breakthroughs, and we wait and wait, and typical of God's way, there is silence... we interpret the silence to mean NO.

Pro-Life generation takes next step

16 May 2017

“This vote today is not only a win for women and unborn children in NSW but gives hope to the thousands of vulnerable women around Australia who have been let down by a system that ignores their cries for help when they are at their most vulnerable.”


15 May 2017

The most recent national figures from the AIHW indicate that during 2014- 15, there were 208,111 Australian children suspected of being harmed or at risk of harm from abuse and/or neglect

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

09 May 2017

Courage is a virtue that enables us to do what we can. It is also a virtue that  allows us to admit what we can't and to say "no".

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

08 May 2017

There is a story of a stone cutter. He was asked to split a big rock into two. He struck the rock the first time and nothing happened.

The Shepherd of Mercy

07 May 2017

Nowadays, especially in industrialized and urban societies, the figure of a shepherd is little known and appreciated

Archbishop Fisher ANZAC DAY Homily 2017

07 May 2017

'Total war.' Even today it has an ominous ring. The phrase was coined by the German General Erich Ludendorff to describe what happened in the First World War on all sides.

Archbishop Fisher Homily 3rd Sunday of Easter 2017

07 May 2017

C. S. Lewis once wrote that "you will not find the warrior, the poet, the philosopher or the Christian by staring into his eyes... better fight beside him, read with him, argue with him, pray with him"

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

07 May 2017

It is easy when we are going through stuff to give in to the temptation that nobody cares; that everybody is indifferent to our plight.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

06 May 2017

Family! We love it when it is good and rich with great memories. We pray for the perfect family, the type we hear and watch in the movies.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

03 May 2017

There is something in us that tells us there is more to life than meets the eye. Something that questions, and searches for answers.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

02 May 2017

There are too many people hurting and complaining about how bad life is. "The whole world is against me", they think, imagine and spread the negatives.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

29 Apr 2017

The story of the two disciples on their way to Emmaus is symbolic. First, the disciples left the Holy City, the City of Peace, Jerusalem for the City of Battle, Emmaus

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

28 Apr 2017

We often talk about our own wounds; how the hurt and how painful it is to be wounded. But we don't seem to talk about the other side of the coin, the wounds we inflict on others.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

27 Apr 2017

Gratitude is a powerful healing balm for wounds. But the hurt and the pain of the wounds often don't allow us to see the good in life.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

26 Apr 2017

In Medicine, there are different kinds of wounds. There are wounds that heal quickly, some that heal slowly and others that take a life time to heal.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

25 Apr 2017

There are stories in every age and everywhere of heroes/ heroines, and ordinary people. We love to tell these stories, and we also love to tell our own personal stories.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

20 Apr 2017

"Come as you are, that is how I want you... each time you fail to live by my promise, why do you think I love you the less?"

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

20 Apr 2017

"Every saint", according to Oscar Wilde, "has a past; and every sinner has a future". The past of the saint makes him or her humble.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

18 Apr 2017

Fear is a powerful emotion. It often distorts our vision of life. It could make us to see life as a problem with no solution.


17 Apr 2017

Lots of EASTER reflections - Easter spirituality and Prayer, a Paschal Feast of sorts !!

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

17 Apr 2017

From the Genesis to Revelation, the Scriptures are on about justice. But we often think of justice as an art of  giving each his or her due

HOLY THURSDAY HOMILY Archbishop Anthony Fisher

15 Apr 2017

Feet, we know, were an important symbol in ancient times. Occasionally people were permitted to glimpse the feet of the Unseen God; more commonly, they responded to the divine presence by taking off their own shoes.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

15 Apr 2017

This is the Night, the Mother of all nights that Christians everywhere gather to listen to the good news - He has risen.

Media Release

12 Apr 2017

Catholic Conference of Religious Educators in State Schools

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

12 Apr 2017

They rolled the stone and closed the tomb. They weren't sure what next. Some believed He will rise from the death... others just didn't care.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

10 Apr 2017

To accept one's situation makes a big difference. It empowers us to go through the situation and make the best out of it.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

07 Apr 2017

What hangs on the Cross isn't a perfect body by human standards. But it is the perfect Body in the eyes of the Father who sent Him. T

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

06 Apr 2017

Before Jesus died, He looked down from the cross and saw His Mother. He could hear her groaning... Simeon's word has come to pass... a sword has pierced her soul.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

05 Apr 2017

For Christ, death wasn't an end. Although it was all dark and hopeless; with wailing and sobbing, frustration and disappointment, the silence was communicating the mystery... letting God act in time.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

04 Apr 2017

Everywhere was dark and quiet; and it appeared the end had dawned. Even His executioners were threatened and they wallowed in fear of the unknown.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

03 Apr 2017

It is finished", He said and breathed His last. Some theologians would suggest "it is accomplished" is a better expression.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

01 Apr 2017

He groaned inwardly and outwardly. They raise the Cross, and He cried from it "my God, my God, why have You forsaken me"?

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

27 Mar 2017

I would like to be personal today; to tell my story about falling and rising. It all happened in 2002 when I went to confession...

Pope to Priests and Religious Milan Duomo

26 Mar 2017

One of the first things that comes to mind is the word challenge, which you used: “many challenges”, you said. Every historical age, since the first times of Christianity, has been continually exposed to many challenges.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

26 Mar 2017

Babies crawl... but there comes a time when they have to stand on their own two feet and walk. It isn't easy to grow from crawling to walking let alone running.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

24 Mar 2017

What a gruesome sight to behold! He was bleeding... staggering... falling... crowned with thorns... the women saw it all.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

23 Mar 2017

In summary, both Jung and Nouwen offer us great wisdom in the expression wounded healer. For our deepest hurts are many a time sources of our strength.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

22 Mar 2017

Imagine Christ on His way to Calvary. He was alone. The crowd that shouted Hosanna, Hosanna; changed and started to shout Crucify Him, Crucify Him. Unbelievable!

Your marriage: you have no idea of the good you are doing

20 Mar 2017

The most riveting, wise, and helpful statement I have heard in recent years was shared by Ifeyinwa Awagu of Lagos, Nigeria, in a short video prepared for the 2014 Vatican Humanum Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman:

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

20 Mar 2017

eronica wiped His face, she revealed Him. He is a person like you, she exclaimed. "Respect Him". You can only imagine the silence!

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

19 Mar 2017

It is not just about the sound, the silence, the Word that spoke no words on the road to Calvary, but it is also about visibility; the One who reveals the Godhead is in the passion invisible.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

18 Mar 2017

Did Christ need Simon of Cyrene's help? Definitely, He did. But let's attempt the question this way, Christ is the exegesis of the Father in the Spirit, and also of humanity in human form

St Patrick: The Saint who couldn't be silent ?

17 Mar 2017

St Patrick is patron of famous destinations of Irish migrants like New York, Newark and Boston, and also of places as unlikely as Nigeria, Melbourne and Rolla, Missouri. But what is behind all of these parties?

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

15 Mar 2017

From the crowds, she could see her Son. She could see His wounds. She could feel the pain, the agony and the torture He bore. It was excruciating.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

13 Mar 2017

He fell! He fell the first time! What a fall it must have been? The pain was excruciating... the weight of the cross was pressing hard on Him. He fell!

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

12 Mar 2017

"My pain, my suffering is nothing compared with what Christ passed through... He bore it all, I should bear mine too". Testimony of a dying Cancer patient.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

11 Mar 2017

It was all Pilate's fault. He placed the burden on Christ. No! It was the people's fault, they made the cross. Oh no! It was Christ fault,

A Lenten Reflection

10 Mar 2017

The world of today reveals itself as at once powerful and weak, capable of achieving the best or the worst.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

10 Mar 2017

Cross! Two chunks of wood placed on each other to map out the four poles - North, South, East and West. Imagine the waves, the pull from the different poles.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

09 Mar 2017

Talking more about injustice and false accusations, we definitely think we are always the poor victims. "I was accused falsely... I am suffering injustice... I am innocent and wrongly condemned.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

08 Mar 2017

It is terrible to be accused falsely. It is worst to be condemned for a crime one never committed. Imagine the injustice! Imagine the pain.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

07 Mar 2017

Have we ever wondered why God chose to be one like us, bearing pain! Wouldn't it had been better for Him to simply declare from heaven "I forgive you and that is it"?

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

05 Mar 2017

A majority of us hate anything that is bitter. We all go for something sweet. Pharmaceutical companies know this, and they often take advantage of us by producing bitter tablets with sweet coating.

The Living Desert of Lent

03 Mar 2017

Thinking Faith’s Lenten reflections this year will take us into the desert, as we look at how and why it is so often a place of encounter with God and of transformation.

An itinerary for Lent/ Sunday gospels

03 Mar 2017

We do not have one evangelist to escort us through Lent this year; instead, half of our Sunday gospels are narrated by Matthew, the other half by John.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

03 Mar 2017

Giving alms to the poor is something many of us do naturally. We are good at giving out things to those who do not have and those who are disadvantaged.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

02 Mar 2017

Fasting, we are all getting into it. We fast from food, from alcohol, from many different things. Some of us even fast from our bad habits.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

01 Mar 2017

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a season of discipline. A time to face ourselves, and make the big decisions of life.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

28 Feb 2017

Lent is a great season in the Church's life. It is time we spend as individuals and together as a community to ask ourselves the big questions of life.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

27 Feb 2017

There comes a time in our lives when we sit, and look back and laugh at ourselves. We then realise all our struggles, worries and sleepless nights didn't really matter after all.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

26 Feb 2017

There was a man who wanted to please everyone. He woke up in the morning and he was told he was too short, and that wasn't a good sight.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

25 Feb 2017

When we hear the word God, whom do we imagine Him to be? Do we imagine Him to be the Master, who all He does is to keep records of our wrongs, failings and awaites our death so that He can punish us?

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

23 Feb 2017

Generally, every manufacturer knows its products. It understands how it works and it knows how to fix it when it is faulty.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

22 Feb 2017

We are at our best, when all we care about is to do our best or become our best without worrying about who takes the credit, who is praised or acknowledged.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

20 Feb 2017

The elder brother of the prodigal son is often not talked about. We tend to focus more on the prodigal son and his father.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

17 Feb 2017

Generally, we all want to be better, to improve ourselves and to achieve greater heights. We are often not satisfied with the now.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

16 Feb 2017

Compassion is a common word in our contemporary society. Almost every Tom, Dick and Harry claims to know what compassion is and talks about it.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

14 Feb 2017

Valentine’s Day! We all hold our own opinions about the day. While many celebrate the love they share, some mourn the love they lost. What a day, defined and coloured by paradoxes!

Daily Capsule -= Fr Francis Afu

12 Feb 2017

In one way or another, we all want to be wise. We love to act wisely and to be recognised as someone who is wise and full of wisdom.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

10 Feb 2017

In the movie "Beyond the lights", Gugu Mbatha-Raw, said "truth is the foundation of every good/healthy relationship".

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

09 Feb 2017

There is a big push for a Godless society and also a civilisation that is without any religious tenets. Religion is poison, many will argue.

Pope Francs Message for LENT 2017

08 Feb 2017

Taking as a starting point the parable of the rich man and Lazarus from the Gospel of St. Luke (Lk 16: 19-31), the Holy Father divides his message into three sections: “The Other Person Is a Gift” “Sin Blinds Us” “The Word Is a Gift”

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

08 Feb 2017

In one of her tracts entitled  Questions, Asa asked, "...why there is so much religion and so little love, will we ever get to know the truth someday.”?  

Fertility Aware

07 Feb 2017

Fertility Aware is a brand new service offering personalised fertility health awareness packages for women and couples.

Pontiff sidelines Cardinal Burke

06 Feb 2017

Pope Francis has appointed Vatican Substitute Archbishop Angelo Becciu as his special delegate to the Knights of Malta, effectively sidelining Cardinal Raymond Burke, The Independent of Malta reports.

Rome posters attack Pope Francis

06 Feb 2017

Conservatives attack Pope Francis in Rome: On Saturday, dozens of posters appeared around Rome featuring a stern-looking Francis and referencing the "decapitation" of the Knights and other actions he has taken against tradition-minded groups.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

04 Feb 2017

One of our responsibilities as human beings and Christians in particular is to be charitable; to give a helping hand to those in need.

What is SUNDAY ?

03 Feb 2017

1. The Lord's Day — as Sunday was called from Apostolic times(1) — has always been accorded special attention in the history of the Church because of its close connection with the very core of the Christian mystery.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

31 Jan 2017

In the era of eating healthy and keeping fit, more and more people are in the habit of taking a glass of natural juice.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

30 Jan 2017

When we pray, we typically expect "a yes" from God to our prayers. We want our request to be granted as of yesterday.

Daily Capsule - Fr Francis Afu

28 Jan 2017

We all have our own struggles: doubts, fears, worries and many others. We try very hard not to be weighed down by them.

Euthanasia has been a disaster overseas

18 Jan 2017

The practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide overseas has been a disaster, with so-called safeguards failing and doctor-assisted killing on the rise, and not just for the terminally ill, says world-renowned ethicist Professor Margaret Somerville.

Pope writes to young people

14 Jan 2017

Pope Francis has written a letter to young people as the Church prepares for a Synod of Bishops on the theme: “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”.

Epiphany Armidale 2017 Bishop Michael Robert Kennedy

08 Jan 2017

The child Jesus, born in Bethlehem of the Virgin Mary, came not only for the people of Israel, represented by the shepherds of Bethlehem, but for all humanity, represented today by the wise men from the East.

Holy Innocents, Martyrs

28 Dec 2016

The Holy Innocents are the children who were slaughtered at the orders of King Herod, in the hope that by killing every boy born in Bethlehem at the same time as Jesus, he would succeed in killing the new-born King of the Jews.

Pope Francis/ Christmas message "Urbi et Orbi"

26 Dec 2016

Today the Church once again experiences the wonder of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and the shepherds of Bethlehem, as they contemplate the newborn Child laid in a manger: Jesus, the Saviour.

St Stephen's Day Proto Martyr

26 Dec 2016

Yesterday we celebrated the birth in time of our eternal King. Today we celebrate the triumphant suffering of his soldier.

Christmas and the Divine Proximity

25 Dec 2016

In October 2001 I had a long conversation with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. It was but weeks after 9/11; a new century and millennium were opening before us;

Pope Francis/ rigidity, worldliness a disaster for priests

12 Dec 2016

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Friday morning, focusing his remarks following the readings of the day on the need for priests to serve as authentic mediators of God’s love

TJHC welcomes new Vatican child sex abuse website

09 Dec 2016

A new website launched by the Vatican this week detailing its efforts to protect children from sexual abuse by clergy has been welcomed by the Catholic Church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

08 Dec 2016

The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.135


06 Dec 2016

He was bishop of Myra, in Lycia (now part of Turkey) and died about the middle of the fourth century.

Pope Francis: Advent calls us to enlarge our horizons

28 Nov 2016

Pope Francis pointed out three visits of the Lord: the first, in the past, with the Incarnation, and Birth of Jesus at Christmas; the second, in the present, as Jesus visits us continually, every day; and the final visit, in the future...

Meet Our Cathedral Parish Catechists

25 Nov 2016

specially appointed by the Church, in accordance with local needs, to make Christ known, loved and followed by those who do not yet know Him and by the faithful themselves.

St Vincent de Paul

27 Sep 2016

He was born in Aquitaine and became a Catholic priest. He devoted his whole life to the service of the poor.


08 Sep 2016

Opening paragraph Rupert Shortt's.. God is No Thing -Hurst & Co London 2016
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