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Marriage Formation Needs to be a Focus

Marriage. A journey with the person you love, giving yourself freely and without reservation, in a life giving relationship for the rest of your lives. A marital relationship is the essence of what a family is based on, and a... Continue Reading →


The Beginnings of Restless Press

Tomorrow I launch a new site: Restless Press. It is exciting and scary launching a new site, after months and even years of thinking, praying about it, and then attempting some kind of complicated jigsaw to get it to come together. Restless Press... Continue Reading →

Catholic Digital Media Conference 2014

I have just returned from Sydney, Australia, where I attended the Catholic Digital Media Conference (CDMC). Here are a few highlights and reflections from me about the experience: Room for Independence and Reflection This week was my first week off... Continue Reading →

Purgatory by Rosetta Allan

Purgatory was sold to me as a 'cross between the Lovely Bones and Angela's Ashes'. Having read both I decided to see what a New Zealand take on that would be. Purgatory is a first novel from a New Zealand... Continue Reading →

10 Things You Need to Be Reminded Of

We live in a modern world. We are often blinded by distractions and every now and then we need to be reminded of things that the modern world doesn't tell us. As a woman I think that is especially true. As... Continue Reading →

The Secrets of Happiness

How happy really are we today? How do we define that we have really 'lived'? We live in a marketing led world – a place of big dreams and bucket lists. Generally we have a high standard of living, yet we are constantly... Continue Reading →

Four under Four

I have been quiet on the writing front in recent times. Mostly due to the fact that three months ago we welcomed our fourth child and second son into our family. While many find us absolutely crazy for having four... Continue Reading →

The Contradiction of being a Modern Woman

Being a woman and being Catholic in the modern world is seen as somewhat of a paradox. What a contradiction it can seem in today to be an intelligent, well reasoned woman and yet also be a practising, devout Catholic. Isn’t... Continue Reading →

The Importance of Life Media

One of the downsides of being pro-life in 2013 is the negative stereotyping. Being"pro-choice" is so normalized and they seem to have the popular debate covered. They have the jargon, while we as pro-lifers have to well explain our side... Continue Reading →

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