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Why Bluey is a font of parenting wisdom

07 Aug 2019 | Koa Whittingham, Amy Mitchell, Ben Mitchell

Bluey is a ground-breaking Australian children’s television series and the most downloaded show in ABC iView history. It captures the wonder and joy of parenting, and delivers precious nuggets of parenting wisdom along the way.


A listening Church

07 Aug 2019 | Fr Frank Brennan SJ

On 26 June 2019, Fr Frank Brennan SJ gave a speech to the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture in Canberra, titled ‘Our Church or Our Museum – Contributing to a confident, humble, listening and questioning Church’. In this edited excerpt, he reflects on what it means to be a listening Church.


A holy place in jeopardy

07 Aug 2019 | Kieran Noonan

A teacher from Bunbury writes about a campaign to save a sacred Aboriginal site from becoming a highway.


Explorations – family life

07 Aug 2019 | Andrew Hamilton SJ

For better or worse, most of us first learn about relationships from the way people are treated in our family. That's why helping strengthen and support families is so important in the Catholic Church.


Logging on to our selves

07 May 2019 | Ann Rennie

We have more ways to connect with each other than ever before, yet so many people are feeling anxious and unhappy. What’s the connection that we’re missing?


Explorations: Mental illness

07 May 2019 | Andrew Hamilton SJ

The Christian response to mental illness has its roots in Jesus’ healing ministry, and the belief that each person is made in the image of God. But stigma has always followed those who are mentally ill, and even today some of that still lingers.


Recovering from childhood trauma

07 May 2019 | Dr Cathy Kezelman

TRIGGER WARNING: Article includes discussion of sexual abuse, sexual assault, child abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and many high profile cases have made us more aware of child sexual abuse and its often life-long impacts. Many in our Catholic communities have lived through abuse and continue to struggle with the trauma. Dr Cathy Kezelman, from the Blue Knot Foundation, says there are ways to help and support them.


Why do we need Reconciliation?

13 Feb 2019 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

The Sacrament of Reconciliation was developed in the Catholic Church as one of a number of ways to strengthen our relationship with God. In this Explorations we look at the history of the sacrament and its place in the life of Catholics today.


Explaining the issues: The Seal of Confession

13 Feb 2019 | Fr Justin Glyn

Why is the seal of confession so important for the Church? Canon lawyer Fr Justin Glyn SJ explores some of the questions readers might have about the seal of confession in light of recent debates.


Explorations: Prayer

09 Nov 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

In this Explorations we look at why prayer is such an important part of our faith, and at some of the different ways people go about it.


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