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Living in hope

26 Oct 2014 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

There are few aspects of the human condition as beautiful, and as fragile, as hope. But is it something that we can learn to live more deeply?


Responding to suicide as Catholics

12 Aug 2014 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

For most of us it mercifully remains a mystery why people can reach a point when they end their lives rather than continue living, writes Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ. We should talk about the life of people who have taken their lives, remember the gifts God gave them, feel sympathy for the suffering they had, celebrate their generous acts, and trust in our God who loves them even more than we do. 


Behind the Our Father

28 May 2014 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

In this new regular feature, Australian Catholics takes a deeper look at some popular prayers in the Catholic tradition.


Respect

28 May 2014 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Respect is an important but sometimes puzzling concept. Like a form of currency, we feel entitled to it for ourselves and others, but can earn or lose it by our actions. Yet even the most morally bankrupt of us have an innate dignity as human beings that can never be lost. Respect, then, is a starting point for all our relationships.


Laughter in heaven

03 Mar 2014 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Does God laugh? Does God have a sense of humour? Can God take a joke? Strange questions, we might think, if we feel ourselves to be swimming in a sea of blue jokes and cynical comedians.


In the Church with Pope Francis

08 Jan 2014 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Everyone knows that Pope Francis is different. When he was elected no one would have expected the new Pope to go back to the guest house with the other Cardinals in a bus or to celebrate Holy Thursday at the Juvenile Gaol, let alone wash the feet of young men and women, Muslim and Christian, with tattoos and without.


Love

08 Oct 2013 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

For many people what being Christian means is summed up in Jesus' words, 'Love one another'. Loving one another evokes many different pictures.


Christianity in public life

08 May 2013 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Christianity in public lifeJesus said, 'Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and render unto God the things which are God's.' But how do we decide how much our faith encroaches into the public square, and how much should be kept to ourselves?


AC in the classroom: In the footsteps of St Paul the Evangelist

07 May 2013 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

St Paul was an unusual person. But his letters and his life show what it means to be a Christian in today's world.


Why art matters in church

19 Feb 2013 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Why art matters in churchWhen we think of art in churches we think of statues, paintings and stained glass windows, all of which are standard fixtures in places of worship. But artworks have also often caused controversy.


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