MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS
HART AT THE CARMELITE MONASTERY, KEW, FOR THE CHAPTER OF ELECTION ON WEDNESDAY, 10TH SEPTEMBER 2014 AT
Sisters and Friends,
With fervent prayer to the Holy Spirit,
today we recognise the power of God in human hearts and lives. The Pentecost Sequent ‘Veni Sancte Spiritus’
is a powerful reflection on the interaction between grace and nature to ensure
growth and hope. The Holy Spirit is the
giver of light to discern, courage to follow, with a light offered always in
abundance, adequate and equal to all that we have and are.
When we live and walk in that light we
find he consoles us and gives us a peace that the world cannot give. When we work and strive he provides comfort,
coolness in the heat, solace if we are uncertain. All of this is possible because the light
that the Spirit gives is immortal and divine, filling our inmost being and it
is at this level that we encounter the Holy Spirit before the important task of
election for the future.
Yet such an election is not merely an
operation of human intellect, will and love.
God’s grace is essential and the interaction between nature and grace
transforms all those fulfilling their responsibilities today and the one called
to serve and lead after the pattern of Jesus Christ. The human dryness and searching is replaced
by the warm dew. Guilt is washed
away. Stubbornness of heart and will are
bent. Warmth comes to the frozen and our
steps are guided in God’s plan.
Today we pray for this community at
Carmel and its sister monasteries in Canberra, Wagga Wagga and Mt Martha, that
the Holy Spirit will give an abundance of his gifts, keeping before us the goal
of eternal life, the joys that never end, where Jesus is sufficient and
adequate to every human need. So it is then that we rely not merely on our
human gifts, but on the power of the Spirit to renew the face of the earth, to
illumine and guide our religious life and to provide certainty and hope for the
future. Come Holy Spirit, fill the
hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
+ Denis J. Hart,
ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.