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Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne. Mass of All... Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne. Mass of All...

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne. Mass of All...

Sunday 27 August 2017, 3pm

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I welcome priests and people from the many nations who are here in Melbourne to offer this Mss for all of those who have come here, for all who now make Australia home, enriched by the gifts and traditions of their own countries and by the common endeavour which we share.

Today Jesus speaks to his disciples asking them who people say he is. Peter’s affirmation, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”, is the watchword of our whole Catholic life.

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday, 27 August 2017, 11am

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Today’s Gospel focuses us once again on who is Christ for our life. The whole of our faith is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It was Peter’s whole reason for existence, sustaining him in his weakness, drawing him out to be an articulate proclaimer and leader of the faith. Later at the Council of Jerusalem the commission that Jesus gave to Peter was accepted by all of the disciples.

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 him to go and worship with his own people. Gandhi left the church and never returned. “If Christians have caste differences also,” he said, “I might as well remain Hindu.”

Yet all through his life Gandhi campaigned for the equality and dignity of people. His house is filled with memoirs of the remarkable, simple life which showed that God has a purpose of love for all of us.

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.

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