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Spring 2015: Blessings from God

19 August 2015


Welcome: Count your blessings

20 August 2015 | Bridget Chadwick

For a week in May, I and five other girls had the pleasure of working at Australian Catholics magazine and helping to produce the Spring edition.

Understanding and overcoming anxiety

19 August 2015 | Roxanne Moussalem

It’s a serious condition that affects many Australians, yet few seek treatment.

Beacons of hope

19 August 2015 | Roxanne Moussalem and Angelique Milevski

Many people face darkness and struggles in their lives. Some manage to transcend them and become inspirations to us all.


A voyage of discovery

19 August 2015 | Bridget Chadwick

Just five years ago, at the age of 16, Jessica Watson broke records and defied expectations to become the youngest person to sail solo nonstop around the world. Bridget Chadwick speaks to her about her experiences, and what it taught her about enjoying life while working to achieve her goals.

Immersed in blessings

19 August 2015 | Bridget Chadwick

Rosie Cooper is a teacher who spent four weeks on an Edmund Rice immersion in Tanzania and Kenya. She talks to Bridget Chadwick about the experience.

Preserving nature's gifts

19 August 2015 | Ella Brennan

The earth and its ecosystems are blessings that we are slowly destroying. If we don’t do something to change our behaviour, the following places may not exist for future generations.

The maths of inequality

19 August 2015 | Caitlin Hardy

School can suck, right? Getting up early. Handing in those pesky assignments that tend to just continuously build up. Listening to boring teachers all day. It makes me sleepy just thinking about it. But what if we looked at a day in the life of a student living in a developing country? Suddenly our problems seem a bit trivial.

Finding a voice

19 August 2015 | Ruby O'Sullivan-Belfrage

Young people are our country’s future, but that doesn’t mean they can’t use their gifts and play a role in its present as well. A group of students in Melbourne is working to empower and engage their peers to be part of the national conversation in areas such as refugee policy.

Asking God's blessing

19 August 2015 | Angelique Milevski

Do different faiths have different ideas about what it is to pray to God for a blessing? We asked an Orthodox priest and a Jewish rabbi.

AC classroom: A waste of life

19 August 2015 |

Australians from all walks of life joined the campaign to save the lives of two Australian drug smugglers, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, sentenced to death in Indonesia. The campaign was unsuccessful, but their stories highlighted the complex issues around the death penalty, and the wastefulness of life that it represents.

About a boy

19 August 2015 | Angelique Milevski

Is it worth ditching your faith if it helps you get your dream boyfriend? Should we really have to hide parts of ourselves in order to be accepted? A teenager takes her dilemma straight to the top.

Light amid the darkness

19 August 2015 | Caitlin Hardy

Do we need the sad times to teach us to value the good times?

The voices in our minds

19 August 2015 | Ruby O'Sullivan-Belfrage

Let me introduce you to my conscience.

What am I grateful for?

19 August 2015 |

Photographer Peter Casamento gave the students some tips on taking a good shot, then sent them out to capture something they’re grateful for in their lives.

Playlist: Gratitude edition

19 August 2015 | Bridget Chadwick

It’s not always easy to see the silver linings on the clouds, but these movies, songs and books can help.

And the winners are....

24 August 2015 |

Catholic school students across Australia entered this year's competition, sharing the extraordinary stories of everyday Australians and the winners are...

Young Journalist Award Intermediate Winner: Flying High

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19 August 2015 | Sophie Holland

The plane rattled along, coming to a stop facing into the wind while they completed run down checks. They taxied over to the parking area and shut down the plane. Out jumped Mark, the flying instructor and behind him, came my best friend, Jade Esler.

Young Journalist Award Intermediate Runner-up: Reaching for Mars

19 August 2015 | Josie Rees

All around our world, exciting new opportunities open up every day. Dianne McGrath, a 45-year-old woman from Australia, is a finalist for the biggest opportunity yet. The MarsOne Mission is sending 24 people from around the world on a one-way ticket to live on Mars.

Young Journalist Award Junior Winner: Still Pirouetting After Sixty Years

19 August 2015 | Alice Hurren

Ballet shoes are slipped on and buns are neatly pinned. Ribbons are carefully tied up and some ballet students are stretching. Then it is time for class and students rush to their room. A flood of excitement runs through me as I join the class. For the next hour my body will stretch and glide gracefully across the room with the guidance of Ms Jones, my ballet teacher for the past eight years and the most inspiring person in my community.

Young Journalist Award Junior Runner-up: Just the priest

19 August 2015 | Emily Parry

Can you imagine leaving your home country in a small boat with 79 other people? This is the story of Father Tuong, St John Wood’s Parish Priest — a refugee seeking a better life.

Young Journalist Award Intermediate Honourable Mention: The Power of English

19 August 2015 | Abby Simos

In today’s world, social media dominates communication amongst teenagers. It’s the spending of time on social media that potentially can have a detrimental affect on the importance and relevance of English. There is concern that the learning of English is losing its importance.

Young Journalist Award Intermediate Honourable Mention: Red

19 August 2015 | Ricky Xerri

Red’s story starts when he moves to Australia at the age of 7. When he moved he feared he wouldn't fit in because everything was so different; the culture, the people and the way every day things were done.

Young Journalist Award Junior Honourable Mention: The Woman behind the Community

19 August 2015 | Anne Nguyen

I sat there, crying, drenching my shirt in tears but as I walk out of the toilet; it started again. ‘Loser!’ ‘Weirdo!’ ‘Nerd!’ The whole class was laughing. This is Rosette Chidiac, a former victim of bullying. Now a youth minister at Holy Trinity Parish, her life turned around as soon as she stood up for herself and chose to be God’s hands and feet to the local youth community.

Young Journalist Award Junior Honourable Mention: Your Wave is Waiting

19 August 2015 | Tahlia Henderson

Home is where the heart is and for most people, they would say their house, but for me, it’s the ocean.

From attitude to gratitude

19 August 2015 | Roxanne Moussalem

I want so much/To look in the mirror and say I’m beautiful/And be shown love.

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