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Made for great things

17 Aug 2016 | Anna Watt

Speaking to young people at World Youth Day in July, Pope Francis asked, ‘Are you looking for empty thrills in life, or do you want to feel a power that can give you a lasting sense of life and fulfilment?’


Opening the doors of mercy

17 Aug 2016 | Jenny Krikis

In this Year of Mercy, a particular emphasis is being placed on the opening of the Mercy Doors in cathedrals and churches around the globe. As Australians, there are many doors of mercy that we should strive to open in our country, doors to aiding some of our society’s most vulnerable people.


Mercy prayer: Group prayer for peace

31 May 2016 |

This prayer is to be done in a group setting. The process is based on that used by the Christian Life Community, an Ignatian prayer movement. It has been adapted to focus on Pope John Paul II’s ‘Prayer for peace’.


Explorations: Justice and compassion

31 May 2016 | Andrew Hamilton

Social justice is about more than offering charity. It’s asking questions about why people are in need in the first place.


St James reminds the Church of its mission

31 May 2016 | Peter Fleming

The mercy of God must lead us to mercy between people.


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. 


A Christmas feast: Celebrating in different cultures

03 Nov 2015 | Francine Crimmins

How do people from various cultural backgrounds celebrate Christmas? What foods do they have on the table? What traditions shape their Christmas meals? We asked one of our young writers to do some exploring. 


Feeding the world

03 Nov 2015 | Claudia Appaduray

There is enough food in the world to support everyone living on it. However, the fact that we can have everything we want to eat while others around the world are struggling to survive shows that something has gone wrong in the way we manage our food resources. Caritas is working to address this issue in a variety of ways – from helping promote sustainable farming practices overseas, to encouraging Australians to do more to help. 


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