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    Mass for the Celebration of 200 Years of Catholic Education – 24 May 2021

    In Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings, one of the main character’s Sam says at one stage, “We shouldn’t be here at all, if we’d known more about it before we started. But I suppose it’s often that way. The brave things in the old tales and songs, Mr. Frodo: adventures, as I used to call them. I used to think that they were things the wonderful folk of the stories went out and looked for, because they wanted them, because they were exciting and life was a bit dull, a kind of a sport, as you might say. But that’s not the way of it with the tales that really mattered, or the ones…

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    Solemnity of the Epiphany 2021

    On Christmas Eve, the week before last, I gathered the children who were present at our Mass and I told them a story from far away Russia. It was the story of Babouska who, having met the wise men on their search for the newborn Christ, now goes in search of the Christ Child herself: “She travels on and on and on for years and years – but she never finds the little Christ-Child.  They say that old Babouscka is travelling still, looking for Him. When it comes Christmas Eve, and the children are lying fast asleep, Babouscka comes softly through the towns, wrapped in her long cloak and carrying her basket…

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    6th Sunday of Year A

    At the Law Institute in Melbourne there is a restaurant called, “The Bottle and the Snail.”  It is named after a famous law case in the early 1930s, the case of Donoghue and Stevenson.[1]  A young lady had drunk a bottle of ginger beer and as she was finishing it discovered a snail at the bottom of the bottle.  Within a few days she had fallen sick, but at the time there was no legal apparatus by which which could gain any kind of compensation.  Eventually the case was taken all the way to the English House of Lords which accepted the principle in common law which is now the basis of all compensation…

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