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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.


Finding a retreat centre

08 Nov 2018

Having first read about the different strands of spirituality, here’s a guide to help you find a spiritual retreat that might best suit you.


2011 – How to be good

18 Sep 2018 | Brian Doyle

How to be goodFirst, pick up your wet towel and at least, for heavenssake, hang it up to dry.


A changing church

21 Aug 2018 | Bob Dixon

Bob Dixon explores what the Australian Catholic Church looks like today, a quarter of a century after the first edition of Australian Catholics was published.


Bringing people together to make a difference

21 Aug 2018 | John Warhurst

photo courtesy jssCatholic Social Services Australia has shown how the Church can make a difference by drawing on the experience and passion of dedicated individuals at all levels of society.


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