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World Refugee Day: Appealing to our generosity

07 Jun 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

World Refugee Day is a time to look outside our own world and to notice people whom persecution and war force to leave their nations. It invites us to consider our own good fortune as we see the misery of people who wander at the mercy of others in their struggle for survival. It appeals to our generosity.


Catholic Teacher Blog: Care for the environment

30 May 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

This World Environment Day, Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ reflects on why we need to unite to protect the environment - now more than ever. 


Explorations: The place of Mary in the Church

23 May 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

At the time of the Reformation Catholics and Protestants argued about the place of Mary in the Church. The Protestants argued that Catholics treated Mary as another God, and that devotion to Mary was not found in Scripture. Mary continued to have a central place in Catholic devotion.


Prayer blog: The Gift of Happiness

19 Mar 2017 | Andrew Hamilton

The International Day of Happiness is a quirky celebration.  Most international days celebrate groups of people – women, children, journalists, refugees etc. Or they point to quite specific qualities that we need in order to flourish:  mental and physical health, peace, asylum etc. They encourage us to be attentive to particular groups of people who are impeded from flourishing as human beings, and to act to ensure that society provides for their needs.


Prayer blog: Reconciliation balances guilt and hope

12 Feb 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Before the Apology to the Stolen Generations on 13 February 2008, many people canvassed the relative merits of symbolic reconciliation and practical reconciliation. Practical actions that will bear fruit demand listening with a humility born out of awareness of a destructive history, and taking time to listen and to build reconciliation, not simply to implement a policy. 


The key to tackling family violence

01 Feb 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Tackling the issue of domestic violence means seriously addressing issues like porn and violence in our community.


Explorations: The music of faith

01 Feb 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

While music is a central part of our celebrations of the liturgy, it’s also often a source of conflict. 


The loss of a beloved one

01 Feb 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

This Lent, Madonna magazine will take readers on a special journey through the Easter story, using a series of daily meditations on the Gospel story. Here is the first entry.


Easter Reflection: Look for beating angel wings

01 Feb 2017 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Angels today are usually seen as cuddly. They belong on wedding cakes, Christmas cards and play harps on clouds. At Jesus’ time they were serious. They were God’s messengers, bringing destruction to empires and striking fear in people. 


Prayer blog: Strange Journeys

14 Dec 2016 | Andrew Hamilton, SJ

Many children associate Christmas with journeys made and odd places visited. Plane and train trips to visit separated parents, car trips to visit rarely seen relatives, camping expeditions to tent cities by the beach.


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