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Magazine Features

Tackling violence against women

 Clare Deignan | 11 Mar 2016

Our loved ones should be the people with whom we feel safest, yet for many that is not the case. More than a million women across Australia have experienced some kind of violence from their male partner or ex-partner since the age of 15. Having seen the attitudes that give rise to these statistics, former AFL footballer Luke Ablett is one of many men taking a stand for women. Luke has worked within Australia and internationally to educate communities about women’s rights to safety and equality. Clare Deignan interviewed Luke about his passion for ending violence against women. 

The Gospel according to Star Wars

Michael McVeigh | 11 Mar 2016

The latest Star Wars movie broke box office records over the summer, bringing people the latest chapter in the saga of the Skywalker family. Of course, the Bible is also full of family stories. What are some of the relationship lessons that we can find in the Star Wars movies as well as in the Bible? 

Listening with mercy 

Clare Deignan | 11 Mar 2016

It has been 150 years since Mary MacKillop founded the Sisters of St Joseph, committed to supporting families in need across Australia. Continuing in that tradition, MacKillop Family Services reaches out to families in a variety of ways, including out-of-home care, disability and education services, parenting, youth and substance abuse programs and integrated family support. But the workers there believe all the services, support and programs in the world can’t begin to help a family, if no one is willing to listen to their story. 

Mercy notes: Mercy in relationships

Peter Fleming  | 11 Mar 2016

Mercy, like charity, begins at home. 

True love: A step-by-step guide

Michael McVeigh | 11 Mar 2016

God sees every person in the world as special. So for God the relationships we form with each other are equally precious. This means we need to approach the people we’re attracted to ways that respect both their dignity and their vulnerability. Because true love isn’t just the end goal of a romantic relationship – it’s the road we follow to get there.

More Stories

A World Youth Day pilgrim’s song

Michael McVeigh | 11 Mar 2016

Up-and-coming country musician Teaghan Pugsley has been nurtured in Catholic youth ministry activities over the years.

Mercy prayer: Gospel contemplation

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ | 11 Mar 2016

Shut your eyes and imagine for a few minutes this story through Martha’s eyes. How would you feel about Mary if you were Martha? How would you feel about Jesus? Now let someone read aloud Martha’s words to Jesus and his reply. Sit quietly again for a few minutes.

Mercy and the saints: St Monica’s love for her son

Peter Fleming | 11 Mar 2016

Even saints sometimes need a loving, merciful hand to guide them on the right path.

Waiting for the Church’s mercy

Mary Allen* | 11 Mar 2016

For Catholics wanting to get married when a partner has been married before, the wait for an annulment can be a difficult time. 

The trek to forgiveness

Ella Brennan | 11 Mar 2016

Holding onto grudges
doesn’t help us, or our friends. 

A good health guide to friendship

Meaghan O’Connor  | 11 Mar 2016

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you’ve felt left out
 or betrayed by a friend? You aren’t the only one. Many people, when presented with a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable or hurt by someone they trust, react in anger, or annoyance, often damaging that relationship. But that’s not the only way to act. 

Regular features

AC Classroom: A Christian community

Anna Watt | 11 Mar 2016

The early Christian communities were the first to embrace Jesus’ radical new vision for how we should relate to one another. We asked one of our young writers to imagine what it was like living in these communities – called to love those around you, yet surrounded by a hostile world. 

Unguarded moments: Having the right be-attitude

Ann Rennie | 11 Mar 2016

A merciful attitude changes ourselves and the world around us.

Explorations: The business of relationships

Andrew Hamilton | 11 Mar 2016

Relationships are more than transactions where one thing is exchanged for another. Ideally, relationships are places where people are generous in what they give of themselves, and are also generous in what they forgive in others. 

Editorial: Mercy in relationships

Michael McVeigh | 11 Mar 2016

In the second of our Year of Mercy editions for 2016, we explore the theme, ‘Mercy in relationships’. 

A letter to the Queen

Michael McGirr | 11 Mar 2016

I am writing to offer my congratulations, not because you have been the longest reigning monarch of England but for a more private reason. Next year you will have been married to Phillip for 70 years. 

Home truths: Mass with the bare essentials

Kate Moriarty | 11 Mar 2016

The stresses of getting the family ready for church. 

Recipe Vegan choc-nana ‘nice’ cream tart

Brendon D’Souza | 11 Mar 2016

Celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord with your family this Easter and enjoy this healthier twist on a classic chocolate tart. Best of all, it’s completely vegan and dairy-free!

Playlist: Mercy Features

Madeleine Kuyken | 11 Mar 2016

Movies where mercy plays a starring role.