Section Archive: Opinion

Do we dare?

It is our responsibility to promote a world where self-interest is abandoned and the wellbeing of all peoples is at the heart of our political, social, environmental and economic action.

Posted on: June 14, 2022

'Only Connect!'

In meeting someone or something, we put self-centred desires on hold to connect and acknowledge that we are not impermeable fortresses but participants in a grand unity, writes Rita Glennon.

Posted on: June 14, 2022

Parable for a pandemic

The Parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke’s Gospel specifically opens our eyes to the experience of humanity from the perspective of compassion, calling us to action, writes Heather MacKenzie.

Posted on: December 13, 2021

A parable for the 21st Century

During the COVID-19 pandemic, refugees and asylum seekers have been declared ineligible for any financial assistance from the government, depriving them of a lifeline in desperate times, writes Carmel Lillis.

Posted on: December 13, 2021

Fly me to the Moon

My journey to the Moon began many moons ago, many, many moons! I remember Frank Sinatra crooning this tune and flew to the Moon with him, writes Mary McDonald.

Posted on: August 18, 2021

The Sydney Statement interfaith charter calls us to be neighbour

The Sydney Statement launched on February 9 is particularly relevant to Christians who have for too long been enclosed in our tribal religious silo, writes Rev Dr Patrick McInerney SSC.

Posted on: February 19, 2021

Read, watch, listen: TGO’s top picks to bring in the New Year

In the December edition, The Good Oil has gathered recommendations from some of our readers and writers on what to read, watch and listen to in the New Year.

Posted on: December 16, 2020

So this is Easter… a moment in history, a moment like none other

Like the women at the empty tomb we, too, go in faith. We wait to see the risen one in the midst of this global pandemic, writes Catherine McCahill SGS....

Posted on: April 22, 2020

Viewing the coronavirus crisis through a Benedictine lens

The building of community is one of our major callings as Benedictine Oblates. During this pandemic, we must remove ourselves from the community to ensure its survival, writes Judith Valente....

Posted on: April 21, 2020

In ‘Querida Amazonia’ we are called to listen and to hear

In his apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia Pope Francis sees the theological Amazon as the greatest witness to the need to care for the planet and its people, writes Jim Mulroney....

Posted on: April 20, 2020

Cures for the deep eco-blues as we grieve for our Earth

This year, my annual break turned from azure sky and aquamarine sea to a much more sinister shade of the blues, writes Alice Priest. It’s been raining without stopping for...

Posted on: March 17, 2020

It’s beginning to look a lot unlike Christmas

How far can the sacred, intangible architecture stretch, be refashioned or reframed, before it no longer holds, asks Alice Priest.

Posted on: December 11, 2019