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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 20 August 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,One of the most moving moments in my trip to Mumbai last January for the Missal project was to visit the house of Mahatma Gandhi in Central Mumbai. In his autobiography Gandhi tells how during his student days he read the Gospels and saw in the teachings of Jesus the answer to the major problem facing the people of India, the caste system. Seriously considering to embrace the Christian faith, Gandhi attended church one Sunday morning intending to talk to the minister about that idea. On entering the church, however, the usher refused to give him a seat and told...

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral for the 10th anniversary of Kolbe College, Greenvale Lakes

Friday 18 August 2017

My dear young Friends,

I want you to know that I am very proud of what has been achieved in Kolbe Catholic College since 2008. Having had recourse to that sometimes reliable source known as Wikipedia, I am very impressed by the great breadth of subjects available to young people to study right throughout their journey through the College. The additional list of electives, of facilities and activities which are provided are a great indication that your College is alive.

The primary purpose of Catholic education is to form young followers of Jesus Christ, to recognise their gifts, develop their talents through study and interaction and to witness to Christ in the world because authentic living as Jesus lived is the goal of humanity and is indeed the greatest gift of peace.

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.

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