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Winter 2018

21 May 2018


Magazine

The fight against killing

22 May 2018 | Natasha Marsh

illustrationJulian McMahon AC is one of Australia's most prominent anti-death penalty advocates.


By the will of God

22 May 2018 | Rosie Hoban

Sr Josephine CannellCelebrating her 100th birthday in February 2018, Sister of Charity Josephine Cannell looks back on a life lived for God.


Living large

22 May 2018 | Kate Moriarty

Home truthsThe difficulties in trying to explain (or not) a large family.


Life without a home

22 May 2018 | Michele Frankeni

Domestic violence caused Mary and her teenage son to flee their home with just the clothes they wore. However, the trauma of the initial flight has been nothing to the relentless need to find somewhere for the family to live.


Alice Springs parish communities combine

22 May 2018 |

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish in Alice Springs has been finding new common ground through regular sharing of the Eucharist among members of the Arrernte Indigenous community and the broader parish.


The story of the Rainbow Spirit

22 May 2018 | Betty Pike

rainbow serpent from balloonsWhen God speaks to us, it is not always easy to know and understand just what we are being asked to do.


What is God asking of the Catholic church

22 May 2018 | Michael McVeigh

How do you foster a national conversation on the future of the Catholic Church? Just as importantly, how do you ensure that the conversation is open to the movements of the Holy Spirit? This is the challenge facing the facilitators putting together the agenda for the 2020 Plenary Council.


Mud-wrestling the Catholic Elephant

22 May 2018 | John Warhurst

gates outside a catholic churchThe Catholic Church is big and complex. That is one of its defining characteristics yet the media and society at large, much less the Catholic community itself, often fail to grasp its consequences.


Teaching public issues in Catholic schools

22 May 2018 | James O'Brien

In Catholic schools, teachers can prepare students for responsible lives informed by faith. They need to do that in an open and honest forum.


A universal undertaking

22 May 2018 | Michael McVeigh

dove in the handFive Catholic thinkers who have helped shape our understanding of what it means to respect the rights and dignity of each person in our world.


Find your dream partner today

22 May 2018 | Kate Moriarty

finger matchCan Catholic teaching really help you find love and happiness? Kate Moriarty has an idea for a new app called SwipeRight – which offers something that other dating apps don’t.


The holistic approach to health care

22 May 2018 | Michele Frankeni

Best practice care in Catholic hospitals ensure the patient's needs are foremost.


Rethinking the abortion debate

21 May 2018 | Emilie Ng

Abortion Rethink changes the 'pro-life' and 'pro-choice' conversation by focusing on providing support for vulnerable pregnant women so that they don’t feel abortion is their only option.


The joy of family life

21 May 2018 | Francine Crimmins

The Hyland family from the NSW Central Coast has been selected as the official family delegate for the World Meeting of Families (WMF) to be held in Dublin during August this year.


Getting schooled by young people

21 May 2018 | Fatima Measham

classroom‘Nothing snaps you out of being a grown up more than being put in your place by a kid.’


The Seamless Garment

23 May 2018 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

cross on a hillWhile each Catholic is committed to following Christ, communities are often divided about what the priorities of the church should be. In this Explorations, we explore the idea of the ‘seamless garment’ – that there is a consistent ethic of life that unites all of the Church’s priorities. How can this help communities focus their efforts back on Jesus’ mission?


A letter to Dr Frankenstein

22 May 2018 | Michael McGirr

frankenstein monster face close upDear Dr Frankenstein, Congratuations on your 200th birthday. We all know that fictional characters can outlive real ones but, even so, two hundred years is a pretty good effort.


The coat I wear

21 May 2018 | Ann Rennie

American essayist Brian Doyle wrote, ‘Catholic is my language, Catholic is the coat I wear, Catholic is the house in which I live.’ I know just what he means.


St Gianna Beretta Molla

21 May 2018 | Peter Fleming

St Gianna BerettaIn this issue our Saint for all Seasons is St Gianna Beretta Molla – the patron saint of the right to life. 


A prayer for good humour

22 May 2018 | Margaret Mary Flynn

illustration of young girlSt Thomas More was an English writer, philosopher, lawyer and family man. He also appreciated a joke.


Playlist: Choose life

22 May 2018 | Dana Sutherland

How can people rise above adversity and become empowered to make a life for themselves? This playlist brings together some examples of how the right attitude can help someone change their situation.


Recipe - Chicken and vegetable baked risotto

21 May 2018 |

All it takes is a visit to the supermarket and a few pantry staples to make this Italian one-pot wonder.


Thousands of voices call for justice

22 May 2018 | Nieve Walton

The Palm Sunday Walk for Justice is a chance to reflect on beliefs about refugees and justice.


Four life-affirming moments in Horton Hears A Who!

22 May 2018 | Thea Kurniawan

elephant from horton hears a whoLooking for something inspiring and life-affirming to show the children? Thea Kurniawan says Dr Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! has a lot to say about the sacredness of life.


Less waste, more party

21 May 2018 | Nicola Nemaric

Throwing an eco-friendly party doesn't have to be too difficult. Here's a checklist to help reduce your celebration's environmental footprint.