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Mass celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart at the Australian Catholic... Mass celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart at the Australian Catholic...

Mass celebrated by Archbishop Denis Hart at the Australian Catholic...

Tuesday 28 November 2017

My dear Brother Bishops and Friends,

We are united under the power of the Holy Spirit with our Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Yllana, as we come to our November meeting.

The Holy Spirit gives life and light to the Church, enables us to face even fearsome challenges with hope and provides a serene determination to preach the Word, in season and out of season, welcome or unwelcome, with the docility and fruitfulness which only God can give.

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, for the Archdiocesan staff Reflection Day

Thursday 23 November 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“I will follow you wherever you go.”
(Luke 9:57)

The man who met Jesus on the road shows a remarkable demonstration of trust and readiness to allow Jesus to lead his life. Even when Jesus challenges the man about security and possessions: “Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head”, this emphasises even more powerfully the magnetic effect of Jesus to change human lives.

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday 22 October 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“Jesus Christ is Lord.” (Philippians 2:11) For us Christians the Readings today remind us of the true priority of God in our lives.

With particular joy we welcome the members of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre who join us for Mass today and for whom the admission of new members will take place after the homily. The Order’s care for the Holy Land, for the sick and those in need is a reminder that each of us is called to be a person for others.

Blessing of extensions to Saint Michael’s School, Ashburton

Thursday 19 October 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I am very proud to be with you at Saint Michael’s to bless these new facilities. 

My friend Father Laurence Cortez, parish priest, who served so generously in the Diocese since his ordination, our wonderful Principal, Marisa Matthys, and to all of you I extend a welcome and my joy at being with you at this significant development of the school.

Mass celebrated at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The parable of the two sons shows one who was ready enough to be influenced by the things of God to change his mind.

When C. S. Lewis in 1943 changed his mind and turned to Christ he described his experience, “Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part that chooses, into something a little different than it was before …… all your life long you are slowly turning the central thing into a creature, which is in harmony with God …… or else into one that is in a state of war.”

Today’s Scripture reading urges us to consider the great blessing, that it is the God-given prerogative of every sinner to change their mind. Indeed the American philosopher of the 19th century, William James, once said that the greatest discovery of his time was that human beings could alter their lives by altering the attitudes of their minds. Ezekiel says that those who change their minds, hearts and lives by turning towards what is good will reap the benefits thereof. Those who change their hearts and lives by turning from goodness to evil will reap retribution.

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