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Explorations: Having mercy

26 Jan 2016 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

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. 


Behind the prayer: Grace before meals

03 Nov 2015 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ


We take a look at the story behind another popular form of prayer in the Catholic tradition. 


Explorations: Gluttony vs temperance

03 Nov 2015 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Our relationship with food is complicated. We need sustenance to survive, and we also use meals as a place of sharing and building relationships. But when we focus too much on food, other issues can arise. In this Explorations, we examine the relationship between gluttony and temperance. 


A Christmas feast: Celebrating in different cultures

03 Nov 2015 | Francine Crimmins

How do people from various cultural backgrounds celebrate Christmas? What foods do they have on the table? What traditions shape their Christmas meals? We asked one of our young writers to do some exploring. 


Feeding the world

03 Nov 2015 | Claudia Appaduray

There is enough food in the world to support everyone living on it. However, the fact that we can have everything we want to eat while others around the world are struggling to survive shows that something has gone wrong in the way we manage our food resources. Caritas is working to address this issue in a variety of ways – from helping promote sustainable farming practices overseas, to encouraging Australians to do more to help. 


Asking God's blessing

19 Aug 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 Aug 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.


Investing during lean times

26 May 2015 | Michael McVeigh

Proposed changes to the federal government’s welfare system have been the subject of much debate over the last 12 months. We speak to Catholic Social Services Australia CEO Marcelle Mogg about what a fair social welfare system might look like. 


Explorations: Fairness and love

26 May 2015 | Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

Fairness begins with a concern for our own needs and desires, and extends to being aware of the needs and desires of others and the needs of our society as a whole. But is there more to healthy community life than fairness?  


AC Classroom: Advance Australia fair

26 May 2015 | Neve Mahoney

If you were prime minister for a day, how would you make Australia a fairer place? 


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