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    Mercy and the saints: St Agnes and the spiritual mercy of God

    Peter Fleming |  Believing in the mercy of God doesn’t mean we continue to sin with the knowledge that God will forgive us for anything we do. It’s a belief that living in sin is simply not appealing because it separates us from God.
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    Becoming God's bestie this Lent

    Young writers |  Lent is a time to clear away the clutter so that we can focus on the more important relationships in life. We asked some of our young writers what they might give up, and what they might do, to deepen their friendship with God this Lent.
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Magazine Features

Opening God's mercy to all children

Clare Deignan | 27 Jan 2016

Preparing children for their first reconciliation is a big responsibility at any Catholic school or parish. But St Lucy’s Catholic Primary School has a special job: preparing children with disabilities for the sacrament.


Mercy in the heart of justice

Jemimah McMurray | 27 Jan 2016

Our prisons are part of the justice system, where the guilty atone for their crimes. But can they also be places where people discover mercy? We asked Silverwater Correctional Centre chaplain Margaret Wiseman. 


Shining a light on mental illness

Virginia Small | 27 Jan 2016

When he was diagnosed with depression, teenager Xavier Eales decided to do something to help open the eyes of other students to these issues, with the hope of making life easier for those who might still be suffering in silence. 


Cups of tea with the Queen of Heaven

Peta Edmonds | 27 Jan 2016

The Sisters of Mercy first came into my life on the eve of the millennium. They were plain-clothed nuns.

 


A short history of reconciliation

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ | 27 Jan 2016

While the forgiveness of sins was a part of the earliest Church, the sacrament of reconciliation took some time to develop. 


Mercy, maths and the Crucifixion

Fr Jim McDermott SJ | 27 Jan 2016

In the teaching of the Catholic Church, God’s forgiveness of our sins is only possible because of Christ’s death on the cross. But what does this really mean? Fr Jim McDermott takes a deeper look. 


The divine guilt trip

Neve Mahoney | 27 Jan 2016

The idea of an omniscient God (a God that knows all) can be an intimidating concept. There’s a paranoia in believing that you are constantly being watched, and more than that, being judged. 


More Stories

Shining a light on mental illness - Xavier's speech

Xavier Eales | 27 Jan 2016

St Ignatius College Riverview 2015 school captain Xavier Eales shared his experiences battling depression at his school assembly in the hope of raising awareness among his peers. This is his speech. 


Mercy notes: Mercy in Spirituality

Peter Fleming | 27 Jan 2016

The experience of God's mercy is a fundamental part of our Christian faith. It is the belief that Jesus Christ our judge is, before that, our merciful liberator. 


Mercy prayer: The Ignatian Reconciliation Examen

 | 27 Jan 2016

An examen is a prayerful reflection on recent events in our life to find where God has been present to us, and to discern where God is leading us. 


Mercy and the saints: St Agnes and the spiritual mercy of God

Peter Fleming | 27 Jan 2016

Believing in the mercy of God doesn’t mean we continue to sin with the knowledge that God will forgive us for anything we do. It’s a belief that living in sin is simply not appealing because it separates us from God. 


Becoming God's bestie this Lent

Young writers | 27 Jan 2016

Lent is a time to clear away the clutter so that we can focus on the more important relationships in life. We asked some of our young writers what they might give up, and what they might do, to deepen their friendship with God this Lent. 

 


Regular features

Home truths: Why we cry over spilt milk

Kate Moriarty | 27 Jan 2016

It’s never fun when sparks fly in the family home. But the hardest part comes after that – when we have to say sorry. 


AC Classroom: Who goes to heaven?

Nirmalene Candappa | 27 Jan 2016

Do you have to be Catholic to go to heaven? Is being a good person enough? A look at God’s mercy in the afterlife. 


Unguarded moments: Fessing up

Ann Rennie | 27 Jan 2016

Mercy is God’s way of telling us we are loved.


Playlist: Lenten mercy

 | 27 Jan 2016

Keep the spirit of mercy alive with this playlist. 


A letter to a poet

Michael McGirr | 27 Jan 2016

Dear King David, I don’t often write to kings and, to be honest, they don’t often write to me. But there is something about your story which is very down to earth. 


Editorial: Mercy in spirituality

Michael McVeigh | 27 Jan 2016

Welcome to the first of our special editions following the Year of Mercy in the Catholic Church in 2016.


Explorations: Having mercy

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ | 27 Jan 2016

No one is perfect, and God doesn't expect us to be. But can we learn from our mistakes if we don't acknowledge them? The sacrament of reconciliation invites us into a deeper relationship with our merciful God. 


Recipe: Summer bruschetta

Brendon D'Souza | 27 Jan 2016

This tomato, avocado and broccoli bruschetta makes a great vegan-friendly supper that’s packed with plenty of fresh and colourful summer veggie delights.