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23 Mar 2017 |
Peter Hosking, SJ
Lent is a time of preparation. It should not be all gloomy but rather a time to reach out for God in new ways. In some ways it is a type of pilgrimage.
19 Mar 2017 |
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.
06 Mar 2017 |
Rachel McLoughlin IBVM
One of my heroes is at the heart of the Church; Mary Magdalene, recently justly reinstated as 'Apostle to the apostles'. On International Women's Day, we connect with her courageous witness and declaration ‘I have seen the Lord’.
01 Mar 2017 |
A reflection on the Aussie Camino in honour of St Mary MacKillop
22 Feb 2017 |
I've been attending church a lot lately, but it's what happens after that has been changing me. In church I don't put much in the collection bowl, often just a gold coin, but when I walk the city streets later, that's when I give.
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.
05 Feb 2017 |
Fr Frank Brennan SJ
There is plenty of darkness ahead for our Church in the weeks ahead with the Royal Commission’s hearings into the Catholic Church. I think we need to reflect on these stark realities in the light of the scriptures. And this can be done only by holding the victims clearly in focus, not as statistics or as hard cases, but as individuals, erstwhile vulnerable members of our church community, citizens able to walk tall again because they have been heard, believed and affirmed.
16 Jan 2017 |
Fr Peter Carrucan
A Christmas day celebration at a detention centre provides an insight into the difficult lives of asylum seekers in Australia.
14 Jan 2017 |
'Argh! Just ten more minutes!' It's 6am, and already I'm in the throes of a heated battle with my alarm clock. My outstretched hand slams down on the snooze button, the only ally I can count on in this daily grudge match. It takes another three rounds in the ring for my conscience to finally leap into action, prying my unwilling eyes open with a few short, sharp pangs: 'Didn't you promise yourself that you'd be getting up early from now on?' Fine! I surrender!
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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