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Healing After Abortion

Putting aside the politics to talk about the real struggles some men and women face after abortion. —- “It’s usually surrounded with secrecy, it’s not something they talk about casually like they would that they’re going to go get a breast implant and there’s a bad job done or a…

Choosing Hope

On Friday morning, 14 December 2012, Kaitlin Roig-Debellis was teaching her first-grade class at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. When she heard gunfire outside her classroom, she hurried her 15 students into a tiny bathroom in order to escape the gunman. “I can’t ever move on from that…

Silence

A Jesuit priest finds himself in an unexpected role as consultant on a Martin Scorsese film. —- “What would you do for them? Pray? And get what in return? Only more suffering. The suffering only you can end, not God. I prayed too, Rodrigues, it doesn’t help. Go on. Pray.…

Another Day in Paradise

Facing the death penalty, Myuran Sukumaran chose to create art that pointed to redemption and hope. —- “This is a story of redemption. This is a story about a person who, under really extreme circumstances, changed the way that he was living his life.” On April 29, 2015, Myuran Sukumaran…

Fifty Years Without the Death Penalty, Australia Should be Grateful

Just a few days after I was born, Ronald Ryan became the last person to be executed in Australia. His controversial trial, and hanging, triggered the abolition of the death penalty in our country. This means I am among the very first Australians to live their entire life in a…

Why Australians will never let go of Christianity

Christianity has always been heavily contested in Australia. Friday is the anniversary of the first church service ever held in our nation by the first chaplain to the colony, Reverend Richard Johnson, on February 3, 1788. Johnson was a complete afterthought of the British Home Office — and he did…

Things You Cannot Prove

Alister McGrath, one of the world’s leading historians of science, explodes some common assumptions about science, religion, and atheism. —- “I am very skeptical about these simplistic arguments that we only believe what we can prove. It’s not right. We can prove shallow truths, but the deep truths which give…

Spiritual instruction shows we must respect and ‘honour’ Donald Trump

This week Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States, and the world has entered new, strange and disconcerting territory. I am still staggered that Americans voted him in – proof, again, that US elections are far too important to be left to Americans, as the…

Flip the script

A group of friends sit around a backyard table on a summer evening. The wine is French, the food is excellent, the conversation free-flowing. It is a magical evening. Until, suddenly, it isn't. Someone else is standing there, a man holding a gun. “Give me your money,” he says, “or…

Piercing the Sadness: How God Resolves the World’s Discord

It is perhaps odd to begin a Christmas reflection with an insight from the Buddha, but Siddhartha Gautama did say something I find compelling and apt at this time of year: it is sometimes in the happiest moments that sadness pierces through. I can't go all the way with Buddha…

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