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Easter 2016: Mercy in relationships

10 March 2016


Elbows in when wrestling sharks

22 May 2016 | Fr Andrew Hamilton

Writer Martin Flanagan once went fishing with Pat Dodson, who has recently been nominated to the Federal Senate. They hooked a three-metre hammerhead shark. Flanagan writes, ‘Dodson was matter-of-factly leaning over the side of the boat about to slap a headlock on the writhing beast when it snapped the line. Later, for my benefit, he displayed the technique he was going to employ, adding (unforgettably), "Elbows in when wrestling sharks".’

Tackling violence against women

10 March 2016 |  Clare Deignan

Our loved ones should be the people with whom we feel safest, yet for many that is not the case. More than a million women across Australia have experienced some kind of violence from their male partner or ex-partner since the age of 15. Having seen the attitudes that give rise to these statistics, former AFL footballer Luke Ablett is one of many men taking a stand for women. Luke has worked within Australia and internationally to educate communities about women’s rights to safety and equality. Clare Deignan interviewed Luke about his passion for ending violence against women. 

A World Youth Day pilgrim’s song

10 March 2016 | Michael McVeigh

Up-and-coming country musician Teaghan Pugsley has been nurtured in Catholic youth ministry activities over the years.

From the archive: Of rosary beads and Ramadan

18 May 2016 | Beth Doherty

A young Catholic and a young Muslim learn they have a lot on common, including a shared devotion to Mary and a love of beaches. 

AC Classroom: A Christian community

10 March 2016 | Anna Watt

The early Christian communities were the first to embrace Jesus’ radical new vision for how we should relate to one another. We asked one of our young writers to imagine what it was like living in these communities – called to love those around you, yet surrounded by a hostile world. 

The Gospel according to Star Wars

10 March 2016 | Michael McVeigh

The latest Star Wars movie broke box office records over the summer, bringing people the latest chapter in the saga of the Skywalker family. Of course, the Bible is also full of family stories. What are some of the relationship lessons that we can find in the Star Wars movies as well as in the Bible? 

Listening with mercy 

10 March 2016 | Clare Deignan

It has been 150 years since Mary MacKillop founded the Sisters of St Joseph, committed to supporting families in need across Australia. Continuing in that tradition, MacKillop Family Services reaches out to families in a variety of ways, including out-of-home care, disability and education services, parenting, youth and substance abuse programs and integrated family support. But the workers there believe all the services, support and programs in the world can’t begin to help a family, if no one is willing to listen to their story. 

Explorations: The business of relationships

10 March 2016 | Andrew Hamilton

Relationships are more than transactions where one thing is exchanged for another. Ideally, relationships are places where people are generous in what they give of themselves, and are also generous in what they forgive in others. 

Mercy notes: Mercy in relationships

10 March 2016 | Peter Fleming 

Mercy, like charity, begins at home. 

Mercy prayer: Gospel contemplation

10 March 2016 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Shut your eyes and imagine for a few minutes this story through Martha’s eyes. How would you feel about Mary if you were Martha? How would you feel about Jesus? Now let someone read aloud Martha’s words to Jesus and his reply. Sit quietly again for a few minutes.

Mercy and the saints: St Monica’s love for her son

10 March 2016 | Peter Fleming

Even saints sometimes need a loving, merciful hand to guide them on the right path.

True love: A step-by-step guide

10 March 2016 | Michael McVeigh

God sees every person in the world as special. So for God the relationships we form with each other are equally precious. This means we need to approach the people we’re attracted to ways that respect both their dignity and their vulnerability. Because true love isn’t just the end goal of a romantic relationship – it’s the road we follow to get there.

A letter to the Queen

10 March 2016 | Michael McGirr

I am writing to offer my congratulations, not because you have been the longest reigning monarch of England but for a more private reason. Next year you will have been married to Phillip for 70 years. 

Home truths: Mass with the bare essentials

10 March 2016 | Kate Moriarty

The stresses of getting the family ready for church. 

Waiting for the Church’s mercy

10 March 2016 | Mary Allen*

For Catholics wanting to get married when a partner has been married before, the wait for an annulment can be a difficult time. 

Unguarded moments: Having the right be-attitude

10 March 2016 | Ann Rennie

A merciful attitude changes ourselves and the world around us.

Editorial: Mercy in relationships

10 March 2016 | Michael McVeigh

In the second of our Year of Mercy editions for 2016, we explore the theme, ‘Mercy in relationships’. 

The trek to forgiveness

10 March 2016 | Ella Brennan

Holding onto grudges
doesn’t help us, or our friends. 

Playlist: Mercy Features

10 March 2016 | Madeleine Kuyken

Movies where mercy plays a starring role. 

Recipe Vegan choc-nana ‘nice’ cream tart

10 March 2016 | Brendon D’Souza

Celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord with your family this Easter and enjoy this healthier twist on a classic chocolate tart. Best of all, it’s completely vegan and dairy-free!

A good health guide to friendship

10 March 2016 | Meaghan O’Connor

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you’ve felt left out
 or betrayed by a friend? You aren’t the only one. Many people, when presented with a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable or hurt by someone they trust, react in anger, or annoyance, often damaging that relationship. But that’s not the only way to act. 

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