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A freedom grounded in God

01 Nov 2017 | Rob Morris SJ

Today’s society and popular culture bombards us with images of what it is to be free. Common to many of these images is the sense of freedom as autonomy to do what I want to do, even at the exclusion and expense of others. Where does spiritual freedom fit with this view? An answer to these questions can be gleaned from the writings of a sixteenth century saint, Ignatius of Loyola.


A letter to a Year 8 student

01 Nov 2017 | Michael McGirr

Dear Liam, I am writing to thank you for your contribution to our class this year. Most of the time you sat down the back but I could tell you were listening. Even when you were talking to the person next to you, you were waiting to hear something you could sink your teeth into. You loved biting back.


Home truths: No-screen regime

01 Nov 2017 |

Until recently, everything that bleeped belonged to us parents and had a password – even the TV! The kids would either earn their Peppa Pig by sorting odd socks and washing windows, or else go do something fun that didn’t involve staring at a screen. It was a good autocracy, while it lasted.


Saints for all seasons: St Simeon Stylites the Elder

01 Nov 2017 | Peter Fleming

A saint who found true freedom by refusing to go anywhere at all.


Unguarded moments: A Christmas audit

01 Nov 2017 | Ann Rennie

As we approach Christmas and the end of the year it is often a time for thinking about the year that has been, good things and obstacles or heartaches we have had to deal with. It is for many a time for a bit of an audit and New Year’s resolutions, which are made and often broken by the time we get back to work.


The places we call ‘home’

16 Aug 2017 | Miriam Stewart

No matter where we’re from, where we go or who we’re with, we all experience the feeling of community in one form or another. Ingrained in our basic human nature is the desire to seek connections, the desire to be accepted, the desire to belong. But what makes these connections so unique? What defines our sense of community, and how can it change? To find out, Miriam Stewart spoke with three fellow students from St Scholastica’s College in Sydney, all of whom have grown up in very different environments. 


My family’s story

16 Aug 2017 | Morgan Triskelidis

Our own stories can connect us to the wider world in surprising ways. 


Walking with others

16 Aug 2017 | Emma Bayliss

Some words of wisdom to carry with you, to remind you that we’re not alone in our journey. 


Getting there

16 Aug 2017 | Anthony Flack

Anthony Flack, a Year 10 student at O’Loughlin Catholic College in Casuarina, NT, remembers one of the most important times of his life, and how family and faith helped him through it.


Sports and community

09 Aug 2017 |

In what ways do sports help build community? Steve Boscacci looks at some examples from his favourite sports. 


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