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Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The parable of the two sons shows one who was ready enough to be influenced by the things of God to change his mind.

When C. S. Lewis in 1943 changed his mind and turned to Christ he described his experience, “Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part that chooses, into something a little different than it was before …… all your life long you are slowly turning the central thing into a creature, which is in harmony with God …… or else into one that is in a state of war.”

Today’s Scripture reading urges us to consider the great blessing, that it is the God-given prerogative of every sinner to change their mind. Indeed the American philosopher of the 19th century, William James, once said that the greatest discovery of his time was that human beings could alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds. Ezekiel says that those who change their minds, hearts and lives by turning towards what is good will reap the benefits thereof. Those who change their hearts and lives by turning from goodness to evil will reap retribution.

Mass celebrated at the Carmelite Monastery, Kew, for the Feast of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Sunday 1 October 2017

My dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we gather with the Carmelite community to celebrate the feast of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.

In their undivided attention to the Father’s word and in the beloved acceptance of that word, cloistered nuns are always with Jesus on the holy mountain, fixing their gaze upon him, shrouded in the cloud of God’s presence, they wholly cleave to the Lord.

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux was above all a Carmelite of the Eucharist. Her union with Jesus was total and intense and it was the inspiration of the prayer and outreach that she showed in her short life to God’s people that remains her legacy to us.

Mass celebrated at Saint Leo the Great Parish, Altona North

Saturday 16 September 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am honoured to be with you and with Father Paul Tru as I begin my visitation of the parish, which will continue on Wednesday.

We are invited to let our hold on others be quickly consumed in the fire of love or if we refuse to forgive them from the depths of our heart and continuously, we leave court with our plea dismissed only to find ourselves in the dock among the accused.

In today’s Readings we see a contrast between the Lord’s way of looking at things and a very human, practical way. It is not surprising that Peter asks: “Lord, how often must I forgive my brother?” He thought he was being generous in proposing seven times and yet when Our Lord says seventy-seven times he hits the nail on the head because an attitude of forgiveness often comes only from a realisation that we are in the same boat as the person who is asking our forgiveness.

Funeral Mass for Father Thomas Carra, PE, celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart at Corpus Christi Church, Kingsville

Friday 15 September 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“Anyone who eats this bread will live forever.”
(John 6:51)

This timely reminder of the power of the Eucharist is especially applicable to the life of Father Thomas Joseph Carra, whose body we bring for burial today.

Father Tom passed away at Villa Maria Catholic Homes Nursing Home, Berwick, on last Friday evening in the 59th year of his priesthood and the 87th year of his age. With his brother Frank, absent because of illness, his loved sister Mary, family members and friends, we come to seek the Lord’s consolation as we pray for the repose of Father Tom. 

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