Prayer Articles

by Andrew Hamilton

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ is an editorial consultant at Jesuit Communications

17 Nov
2020
Dance of inclusion and exclusion

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Social Inclusion Week is a good time to reflect on how and why we include and exclude others, and the lasting effects of exclusion and...

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10 Nov
2020
In praise of tolerance

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It may seem to be rather faint praise, but we should celebrate tolerance, be grateful for it as a gift, and pray for the even...

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27 Oct
2020
For good, not ill

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Pope Francis’ prayer intention for November is that artificial intelligence and robotics be a blessing for humankind, rather than a curse. When many of us...

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22 Sep
2020
An aged perspective

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The Day for Older Persons reminds us above all that older persons are persons, not economic costs. Their life has been a gift and it...

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30 Jun
2020
Praying for families

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This year many families are doing it hard. Refugee families struggle to live day by day. Others are continually anxious about a roof over their...

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27 May
2020
Praying for those who suffer

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In Pope Francis’ intention for June: The way of the heart, we pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing...

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29 Apr
2020
Praying for deacons

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When Pope Francis prays this May that deacons may be an invigorating symbol for the Church, he may be focusing on what in a healthy...

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10 Jul
2019
Work toward reconciliation

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NAIDOC Week emerged from the recognition by Indigenous Australians that they were neglected and not listened to, and from their determination to change things. It...

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17 Oct
2018
Remembering the Holy Souls

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All Souls Day (2 November) is almost by definition an otherworldly day. It embraces all the people who have ever lived and died on our...

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19 Mar
2017
The Gift of Happiness

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The International Day of Happiness is a quirky celebration.  Most international days celebrate groups of people – women, children, journalists, refugees etc. Or they point...

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22 Dec
2016
Making Christmas Burdens Light

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Each Christmas morning I celebrate Mass at Melbourne’s Ozanam House with homeless men, and later with people imprisoned at the Immigration Detention Centre. Each mass...

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15 Dec
2016
Strange Journeys

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Many children associate Christmas with journeys made and odd places visited. Plane and train trips to visit separated parents, car trips to visit rarely seen...

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