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Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Gospel today helps us to address the question of fear in our lives. So often we like to have everything planned, to know what is going to happen and we have a tremendous fear of the unknown. Sailors often tell me that in the dark waters where there is no moon just before dawn the very darkness can play tricks with their minds.

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 6 August 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.”

In both the Latin and Eastern parts of the Church this story of the Transfiguration of Jesus is read on the 6th August, the anniversary of the opening of the Basilica on Mount Tabor, as well as on the second Sunday of Lent.

Jesus took Peter, James and John up onto a high mountain to reveal his divinity to his three closest disciples by means of a miraculous and supernatural light. While Jesus prayed at the mountain his appearance was changed by brilliant white light, which shone from him and from his clothing. During this event Moses and Elijah appeared and spoke of how Christ would suffer and die after entering Jerusalem before his resurrection. 

Mass celebrated at St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 30 July 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Welcome to those who are celebrating Silver, Golden and other wedding anniversaries. Your strong, committed love and the love of your families which surrounds you today, is something for which we thank God on our journey through life.

Our treasure is not something material, but something quite imperishable - to discover in Jesus the kingdom of heaven.

Some of you may know that in 1972 Robert Redford starred in a movie entitled “The Candidate”, about a young man manipulated by a political consultant who gets himself elected President of America and then does not realise what he has to do. The prize presented to him was something for which he was totally inadequate.

Mass celebrated at Saint John's Church, East Melbourne for the welcome to graduate teachers

Wednesday 26 July 2017

My Dear Young Friends,

 

 

 

I welcome you with joy, even though the first half of the year has passed, as you come to be with us from your first year as Catholic teachers.  Thank you for dedicating yourselves and your life to this work for people.  I am sure you have learnt already that embracing the challenge of Catholic living and of leadership is something which occasionally leads us outside our comfort zone.  I want to assure you of the nearness of our loving God and of my prayers as we offer this Mass, congratulating you for the choice that you have made.

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 23 July 2017 at 11am

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The careful examination of the Readings today reminds us of God's fundamental attitude to us. As we say in the Psalm, "Lord you are good and forgiving." We know that he is patient with us and as St Paul says to the Romans, "The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness" and indeed expresses our pleas to God. The wonderful story of the sowing of seed in the field can be an encouragement to us as we continue our journey. Seed, accompanied by sun, rain and farm management can bring great fruit.

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