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Christmas 2014: Hope

26 October 2014


Finding a way through

26 October 2014 | Clare Deignan

Across Australia, 3 million people are living with anxiety and depression. It’s a difficult road to walk, not just for sufferers, but also their family and friends. Graham has lived with anxiety and depression for more than a decade. He shares his story with Australian Catholics.

The long walk to spiritual freedom

26 October 2014 | Catherine Marshall

The darkest period of her life was a starting point for Joanna Thyer’s spiritual journey.

Sharing the Christmas joy

26 October 2014 | Michael McVeigh

Millions of children across Australia will wake up to stockings full of presents on Christmas morning this year. But while Santa might be delivering these presents via the North Pole, how much thought do we put into where the presents are being manufactured in the first place?

Miracles small and large

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26 October 2014 | John Coleman

Thousands of people make pilgrimages to sacred sites each year, hoping for intercession to help them through an illness or difficulty, or a connection with something beyond the mundane world. John Coleman shares his experiences visiting three Marian shrines.

The twelve days of Christmas hope challenge

26 October 2014 | Clare Deignan

As Christians, hopefulness is not about walking through the world with rose coloured glasses, but believing that God will be with us no matter what trials we face. However, being a hopeful person is a bit of a workout. Here are 12 exercises that you can practice over 12 days this Christmas season, to keep your hope ‘muscles’ strong.

A new dawn in Dili

26 October 2014 | Paul Stewart

Nearly 15 years after East Timor achieved its independence, the hope that drove its people throughout the Indonesian occupation continues to drive them in building for the future.

The cost of saying nothing

26 October 2014 | Michael McVeigh

Silence has been one of he main causes of the abuse crisis, says Patricia Feenan. Just reaching out and speaking to survivors and their families can make a world of difference.

Make sure your school has an AC+ subscription for 2015

26 October 2014 |

Order your AC+ subscription for 2015 now to ensure you continue to be able to access our archive of stories and classroom resources. 

Explorations: Living in hope

26 October 2014 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

There are few aspects of the human condition as beautiful, and as fragile, as hope. But is it something that we can learn to live more deeply?

The world will say you are silly!

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26 October 2014 | Brian Doyle

Receiving some off-the-cuff wisdom from one of the world’s most respected religious leaders.

God's gift to the losers

26 October 2014 | Michael McVeigh

What makes hope perhaps God’s greatest gift is that it’s aimed not at winners, but almost exclusively at the losers of the world.

It’s a wonderful life

26 October 2014 | Ann Rennie

At Christmas we celebrate Christ’s birth and the hope that it brings. But that hope is reborn with each new life that is brought into the world.

A letter to Robin Williams

26 October 2014 | Michael McGirr

Dear Robin Williams, I was so sad to hear of your sudden death in August. For many years, whenever I had to think of the people I had to invite to my ideal dinner party, your name was always on the list.

Recipe: Muffuletta

26 October 2014 | Brendon D'Souza

Just in time for summer, we’ve got the perfect sandwich recipe that’s big enough to feed the whole family.

Playlist: Christmas songs of hope

26 October 2014 | Meaghan O'Connor

Some hopeful tunes to raise the family’s spirits this Christmas.

Hey, St Jude

26 October 2014 | Andrew Hamilton

Australian Catholics takes a deeper look at some popular prayers in the Catholic tradition.

The Expendables of the Bible

26 October 2014 | Various

Just because the world has forgotten us, it doesn’t mean that God has. Who are the Bible’s biggest hopeless cases, and how did they find faith? We asked some of our young writers to go digging.

A Christmas wishlist

26 October 2014 | Yazmine Lomax

Dear Santa, here are some gifts I’d really love to wake up to on Christmas morning.


2015 Synod: Giving a voice to families

26 October 2014 |

In preparation for the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family, dioceses across Australia are giving Catholics an opportunity to share their thoughts with the Synod Office. This is a chance for everyday Catholics to express their ideas on how the church can better support marriage and families.

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