The Final Word

The Final Word

The Final Word

November 2016

Dear Friends,
 
Sometimes we feel very much alone. When we lose people in death and suffer grief we can all feel very lost. However, we are never really alone in the mystery of Christ, to whom we pray constantly in hope.
 
Especially in November, we Catholics have the wonderful tradition where we remember those who have gone before us ‘marked with the sign of faith’. It is good to be reminded that we live in a world of rich presence and love. The living and the dead are connected through the mystery of prayer.

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October 2016

On 4 October we celebrate the feast of St Francis of Assisi, the great peace maker.
 
And yet violence and evil seems everywhere around us: the cruelty of war and its horrible consequences for the innocent, especially in the Middle East, and the many horrors of the past 100 years that we almost cannot bear to think of. Just contemplate one: World War I. Think of the Battle of the Somme in 1916, one century ago this year, where on a line of 26 kilometres, a million human beings were killed in five months!

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September 2016

Recently I spent some days with three other bishops at the Royal College of St Alban in Valladolid, Spain. The college was founded in 1589 for the training of priests for England and Wales, who often returned to almost certain death. It numbers six saints and 16 beati among its alumni. Valladolid is the ancient Spanish capital and the place where Christopher Columbus and Cervantes lived.

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August 2016

In this month of August we celebrate the Assumption of Mary, our Mother and Mother of the Church.

Many of us, since we were children, have prayed the Hail Mary almost effortlessly: it is so much a part of our Catholic way of life. As adult disciples we need to continue to grow in our relationship with the Mother of Jesus.

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July 2016

July is a month of special memory for Catholics in Melbourne. Three hundred young people from Victoria will join Pope Francis in Krakow from 25 to 31 July, having made a pilgrimage journey on their way to Jesus Christ.
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