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Elbows in when wrestling sharks

22 May 2016 | Fr Andrew Hamilton


Writer Martin Flanagan once went fishing with Pat Dodson, who has recently been nominated to the Federal Senate. They hooked a three-metre hammerhead shark. Flanagan writes, ‘Dodson was matter-of-factly leaning over the side of the boat about to slap a headlock on the writhing beast when it snapped the line. Later, for my benefit, he displayed the technique he was going to employ, adding (unforgettably), "Elbows in when wrestling sharks".’


Prayer blog: When the Pope went to Lesbos

25 Apr 2016 | Andrew Hamilton

There is so much to like about Pope Francis’ journey to Lesbos. There is also so much for us as Australians to be humbled by.  He undertook his travel at a time when the people seeking protection on Lesbos began being put into enclosed camps, facing deportation to Turkey and perhaps return to the mortal danger from which they fled.


Mercy prayer: Gospel contemplation

10 Mar 2016 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

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.


Explorations: The business of relationships

10 Mar 2016 | Andrew Hamilton

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. 


Prayer blog: The Name of God is Mercy

01 Feb 2016 | Andrew Hamilton SJ

The best spiritual guides both comfort and provoke us. Pope Francis is no exception. 


A short history of reconciliation

26 Jan 2016 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

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


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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