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A vocation to god

04 Mar 2012 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

A vocation to godWhen Jesus called people to follow him, they were asked to give up the worldly things they prized in order to give themselves fully to something far greater. Since that time, religious vocations have been about providing an example for society of what is truly meaningful in our lives.

The importance of being good

12 Dec 2011 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

The importance of being good Christianity is essentially a path to goodness, learning to express God's love for us in our actions towards others. For saints like Mary MacKillop, goodness was such an ingrained habit that it seemed to come naturally in their words and deeds.

Our response to refugees

09 Oct 2011 | Fr Andrew Hamilton sj

Our response to refugeesHow we respond to refugees is determined by our response to all strangers who come to us in need. As Christians, our response is guided by Biblical stories such as the exile of the Jewish people and their gratitude to God for finding them a home. In the same way, we are called to share what we have with others, and to be grateful for the gifts that they share with us.

A faith that does justice

03 Aug 2011 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

A faith that does justiceSocial justice is at the heart of our faith. If God loves each person equally, then He must also want each of us to have an equal opportunity to flourish in this world. This can only happen if we place the needs of others, particularly those on the margins, at the centre of our concern.

Religion’s relationship with science

09 May 2011 | Fr Andrew Hamilton sj

Religion's relationship with scienceWhen we think of science and religion we often think of conflict. We think of people like Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins claiming that science has disproved the claims of religion, and of Christians who argue against them. We also think of our own acquaintances who believe that modern science has made religion obsolete.

The future of the parish

09 Mar 2011 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

The future of the parishParishes grew out of the scattered communities of the early Catholic Church, and became places of gathering and celebration for centuries afterwards. Changes in today's society may mean that the Church needs to find new ways of bringing people together, but is there a continuing role for the local parish?

Conversation with a master

23 Dec 2010 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Conversation with a masterAmong the guests at the Parliament of the World's Religions was Burmese Buddhist, Dharma Master Hsin Tao. Father Andrew Hamilton SJ spoke to him during his visit.

God in other faiths

23 Dec 2010 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

God in other faithsReligion can be the best of things. It can also be the worst of things. It all depends on whether it is inspired by and inspires the love of God and of other people, or is inspired by fear or hatred. If religion is inspired by hatred, it destroys itself and harms people.

The Mary MacKillop story

04 Oct 2010 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

The Mary MacKillop storyMary MacKillop's life does not just tell us about a brave and determined woman who has become a saint. It also says something important about Australia and the Australian Catholic Church today, and about the vision we need as Australians and Catholics.

Information through the ages

10 Aug 2010 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Information through the agesCatholics have been adapting to new technologies for more than two thousand years. We don't normally expect churches to be enthusiastic about new technology. Particularly communications technology.

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