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The local and universal Church

03 May 2010 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

The local and universal ChurchFrom its earliest times, the Church has been both intensely local and intensely universal. Being Catholic means being able to encompass both these perspectives.

Changes in liturgy

02 Mar 2010 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

Changes in liturgyChange and difference in Catholic liturgy have been in the news recently. Provisions will be made for Anglican congregations and clergy who wish to join the Catholic Church. These may include the possibility of celebrating the liturgy in the distinctive form they have developed.


04 Oct 2009 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

SainthoodIn Australia today when we think of saints we are likely to think of Mary MacKillop. She is already called Blessed Mary MacKillop. People look forward to the day when she will be canonised a saint and will join St Clare, St Catherine of Sienna and all the other saints.

With respect

06 Aug 2009 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

With respectWe all want to be respected. But respect can mean many different things to us. Some associate it with bullies who teach respect with their fists. Others associate it with being stiff and polite in ways that don't come naturally to us. In this Explorations we look at the kind of respect that is important in all our relationships, and how we can respect others in natural ways.

Teaching Catholicism

29 Apr 2009 | Father Andrew Hamilton SJ

Teaching CatholicismWhen we think of Church Teaching we often imagine Pope Benedict speaking in Rome. But if we think of people learning faith, we are more likely to imagine children sitting in a classroom. The two images go together because they correspond to two questions we ask about teaching faith.

Where is God in a recession?

11 Mar 2009 | Father Andrew Hamilton SJ

Where is God in a recession?For over a year politicians and the media have been preoccupied with the economic crisis. Now we are experiencing the effects of the recession to which it has led. Some businesses have closed; most have laid off workers.

God speaks in many ways

04 Jan 2009 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

God speaks in many waysWhen we think of communication we usually think of the latest technology. We talk about the advantages of SMS, email and MySpace. But in communication there is something deeper than technology. Communication belongs to the bigger picture of what matters in our lives and in our relationship to God. In this Explorations we look at the bigger picture.

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