Edition: Easter 2016 Mercy In Relationships

Elbows in when wrestling sharks

23 May 2016 TH

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".’

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From the archive: Of rosary beads and Ramadan

19 May 2016 TH

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. 

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Mercy notes: Mercy in relationships

11 March 2016 TH

Mercy, like charity, begins at home. 

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Mercy prayer: Gospel contemplation

11 March 2016 TH

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.

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

11 March 2016 TH

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

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True love: A step-by-step guide

11 March 2016 TH

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.

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A letter to the Queen

11 March 2016 TH

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. 

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Tackling violence against women

11 March 2016 TH

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. 

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Waiting for the Church’s mercy

11 March 2016 TH

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

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Explorations: The business of relationships

11 March 2016 TH

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. 

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Home truths: Mass with the bare essentials

11 March 2016 TH

The stresses of getting the family ready for church. 

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The Gospel according to Star Wars

11 March 2016 TH

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? 

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