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Explorations: Having mercy

26 Jan 2016 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

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. 


Behind the prayer: Grace before meals

03 Nov 2015 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ


We take a look at the story behind another popular form of prayer in the Catholic tradition. 


Explorations: Gluttony vs temperance

03 Nov 2015 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Our relationship with food is complicated. We need sustenance to survive, and we also use meals as a place of sharing and building relationships. But when we focus too much on food, other issues can arise. In this Explorations, we examine the relationship between gluttony and temperance. 


Prayer blog: Who am I to judge?

18 Aug 2015 | Andrew Hamilton SJ

If there is one line by which Pope Francis has become famous, it is ‘I do not judge’ or perhaps rather ‘who am I to judge?’. The most famous instance where he used this line was on a plane coming back from World Youth Day in Brazil. Journalists were given open slather to ask him about a range of topics, and he was asked about homosexuality. 


Online exclusive: Speaking of gratitude when in Rome

12 Aug 2015 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

Fr Andrew Hamilton reflects on the gracious practice of 'please' and 'your welcome' in Italian culture.


Prayer blog: Big and small - pictures of refugees

18 Jun 2015 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ reflects on the big and small picture of the world’s refugee crisis.


Explorations: Fairness and love

26 May 2015 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Fairness begins with a concern for our own needs and desires, and extends to being aware of the needs and desires of others and the needs of our society as a whole. But is there more to healthy community life than fairness?  


Behind the prayer: How's the serenity?

26 May 2015 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Australian Catholics  takes a look behind another popular prayer in the Catholic tradition.


Staying the distance at Easter

23 Mar 2015 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Jesus' death and resurrection suggest how people can become salient to us, writes Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ. If distant, abused strangers are to become family to us, we also need to have discovered in our own life the harsh reality of death and loss. Otherwise, we cannot stay the distance with people.


Explorations: Keeping faith real

22 Mar 2015 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

When we think of faith we often imagine people praying alone, thinking religious thoughts, and believing religious things. We imagine faith being in the mind and heart, not in doing things. Yet faith is as much about what we do as what we believe. The sacraments help keep our faith grounded in community and in action. 


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