Further Reading

The God of Diversity: A Spirituality of Gardening with Natives
Fr Frank O’Dea SSS

The diversity of plant and animal life has always been a fascination for me. There are over 800 species of wattles, over 700 species of Eucalypts (now being divided into several genera), 340 species of Grevilleas with 50 subspecies, 75 species of Banksias. The list could go on . . . Read more


Democracy in the Church
Fr Frank O’Dea SSS

When I say to people that I’m writing an article on democracy in the church, I get the reply: ‘Democracy in the church? That’s a contradiction!’ . . . Read more


How to Read the Bible in the 21st Century
Fr Frank O’Dea SSS

The last council of the church (Vatican II) in the 1960s put out a wonderful document on scripture called Dei Verbum, the Word of God . . . Read more


Whose sins you shall retain
Fr Patrick J. Flanagan

Many years ago, I refused absolution to a penitent. I have repented that action, the arrogance of it, many times since . . . Read more


Understanding the Creation Stories in Genesis
Fr Frank O’Dea SSS

We humans use two different ways of making sense of the universe, and ourselves as people. The first way is through mythology. The second way is through science . . . Read more


Is the Bible history?
Fr Frank O’Dea SSS

The answer to the question ‘Is the Bible history?’ is yes and no . . . Read more


Eucharist − A Sacrament of Reconciliation
Fr Frank O’Dea SSS

Do we really believe the Eucharist is a sacrament of reconciliation?  . . . Read more


Evolution and the Church
Fr Frank O’Dea SSS

12 February 2009 was the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin . . . Read more


God is Love
Fr Frank O’Dea SSS

Possibly the most profound statement in the bible is ‘God is Love’ . . . Read more


The Parable of the Two Sons who were asked to work in the Vineyard
Fr Frank O’Dea SSS

This parable is Jesus’ answer to the chief priest and elders who questioned Jesus’ authority . . . Read more


The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Fr Frank O’Dea SSS

In John’s gospel Jesus sends the Holy Spirit on the disciples on the evening of the day of the resurrection  . . . Read more


Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ
Fr Frank O’Dea SSS

Was the Last Supper a Todah sacrifice, using leavened bread?  . . . Read more


Mass Without the Words of Consecration?
Fr Frank O’Dea SSS

Most, if not all, Catholics would find this question absurd. However, it is possible to have a valid Eucharist without the words of consecration. Let me explain . . . Read more


Trinity Sunday 2015
Fr Frank O’Dea SSS

How can there be three persons in one God? . . . Read more


Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ 2015
Fr Frank O’Dea SSS

The word ‘blood’ is the theme of the homily today . . . Read more


End of the World, End of an Era
Fr Frank O’Dea SSS

Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, opposite the temple and began to talk to his disciples about the end which is to come . . . Read more


Spirituality and Music
Fr Frank O’Dea SSS

I believe that composers, whether they know it or not, are looking for God. Their compositions show a search for ultimate beauty . . . Read more


Healing of the Man with an Impediment in his Speech
Fr Frank O’Dea SSS

Then Jesus looked up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, ‘Ephphatha’, that is, ‘be opened’. And immediately the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.  . . . Read more


Our Goldilocks Universe
Fr Frank O’Dea SSS

Our universe is just right for life . . . Read more