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Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 19 February 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48) can often seem an impossible ideal. This implies a whole way of thinking and living. The Gospel reminds us of a whole lot of ways we can be perfect before God and others. In what does holiness consist? Commandments, church attendance, prayer, fasting, almsgiving, as in the Scriptures? Many religions have their own rules: for Buddhists, eight main points of righteousness; for Islam, five pillars; in India, good karma by observing non-violence, non-possessiveness and non-absolutism with good deeds.

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Jesus says: “Apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) In a busy, modern world often it is prayer that gets crowded out. Yet we cannot live an authentic Christian existence without faithfulness to prayer. Christ is the true vine, we are its branches, and it is from him that we draw the power to will and to do what is right. Under his gentle gaze we can do great things, without him we can do nothing. Because God has been totally faithful in sending Jesus, his Son, to be with us and watch over us, we too are invited to be faithful to our identity as followers of Christ and as his witnesses. I have often told people that their integrity is their most precious gift, which should not be compromised.

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