MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS
HART AT SAINT CATHERINE’S, BALWYN, ON WEDNESDAY, 12TH NOVEMBER 2014, AT
Brothers and Sisters,
The Readings today for the feast of
Saint Martin speak about the spirit of the Lord being given to him as he was
anointed. Martin’s life is quite
extraordinary. He had pagan parents who
reared him in Pavia in Italy and became a catechumen. At fifteen he took the military oath and at
eighteen received Baptism. He was a
soldier for some time and Saint Hilary of Poitiers ordained Martin as an
exorcist following his discharge from the army.
When Hilary returned to Poitiers in about 360, Martin established the
first French monastery. He was Bishop of
Tours in 371, living at his cathedral until with eighty disciples he reassumed
a monastic way of life.
He is the patron saint of France and
was renowned for his charity and prayer.
The new Commandment of Jesus Christ: 'Love one another as I have loved you', is the watchword of Saint
Martin, whose charity and awareness of the needs of others is our watchword.
Here at Saint Catherine’s, as we enjoy
so much care and goodness, we too can be instruments of that charity and love
through prayer and hope. Today we are
reassured that the God of all grace, whose love we celebrate in this Eucharist,
will be with us at every moment.
+ Denis J. Hart,
ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.