to the first of our special editions following the Year of Mercy in the Catholic Church in 2016.
The experience of God's mercy is a fundamental part of our Christian faith. It is the belief that Jesus Christ our judge is, before that, our merciful liberator.
An examen is a prayerful reflection on recent events in our life to find where God has been present to us, and to discern where God is leading us.
Believing in the mercy of God doesn’t mean we continue to sin with the knowledge that God will forgive us for anything we do. It’s a belief that living in sin is simply not appealing because it separates us from God.
Preparing children for their first reconciliation is a big responsibility at any Catholic school or parish. But St Lucy’s Catholic Primary School has a special job: preparing children with disabilities for the sacrament.
While the forgiveness of sins was a part of the earliest Church, the sacrament of reconciliation took some time to develop.
The idea of an omniscient God (a God that knows all) can be an intimidating concept. There’s a paranoia in believing that you are constantly being watched, and more than that, being judged.
In the teaching of the Catholic Church, God’s forgiveness of our sins is only possible because of Christ’s death on the cross. But what does this really mean? Fr Jim McDermott takes a deeper look.
Mercy is God’s way of telling us we are loved.
one is perfect, and God doesn't expect us to be. But can we learn from our mistakes if we don't acknowledge them? The sacrament of reconciliation invites us into a deeper relationship with our merciful God.
It’s never fun when sparks fly in the family home. But the hardest part comes after that – when we have to say sorry.
Our prisons are part of the justice system, where the guilty atone for their crimes. But can they also be places where people discover mercy? We asked Silverwater Correctional Centre chaplain Margaret Wiseman.