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April 2016

Recently, as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, we celebrated a prayer vigil of 24 Hours for the Lord in St Patrick’s Cathedral. It was wonderful that so many Archdiocesan groups prayed holy hours during the vigil before the Blessed Sacrament. Numerous people prayed for mercy for refugees, the sick and aged and all those in need of compassion. It was particularly inspiring to see our own Missionaries of Charity from Fitzroy pray a special holy hour, asking the Lord for the canonisation of their Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Mother Teresa was one of us and a...

The Final Word

March 2016

Lent is an important season for us Christians insofar as it reminds us of the need for conversion. We cannot live life to the full if we gloss over the inconvenient truths about ourselves. We cannot grow to full maturity if we ignore the obstacles that prevent us from reaching our potential. Pope Francis always asks people to pray for him because he says he is a sinner. It is characteristic of a true Christian who recognises the darker side of himself and seeks metanoia—a change of heart. 

Lent is our spiritual exodus—a journey away from all that alienates us from God, towards inner freedom. The 40 days of Lent remind us of the 40 years that God’s people wandered in the wilderness before reaching the promised land. It was an unpleasant but necessary experience, for they were purified and cleansed of all that was unworthy of God. They grew in their understanding of who God truly was and what it truly meant to be his people. The 40 years in the wilderness helped them live as more humble, patient and faithful people. 

The Final Word

February 2016

It is my privilege and pleasure to welcome you to the first edition of our new diocesan magazine, Melbourne Catholic. As we step into this new venture to celebrate our life and mission together as a Catholic community, we heed the call of Pope Francis to reach beyond ourselves in the strength and the joy of the gospel. 

We all know only too well that we live in difficult times. Our hearts have gone out to the displaced millions of Syria and the Middle East, and in a special way to our Christian brothers and sisters who under persecution have left their homes … but not their faith. We mourned for those killed in Paris and Beirut and Jakarta. It comes closer to us as security is increased at our sporting venues and large social gatherings. Fear and anxiety are not the ways in which we want to live our lives.

The Sun of Justice has risen!

Thursday 23 April 2015
DURING this season of Easter, the joy of the Resurrection of Jesus fills the whole Church. For seven weeks—a ‘week of weeks’—each day is like a Sunday, as the Church rejoices to recall the victory of our Lord over death, sin and evil.

Mercy and truth have met

Monday 20 April 2015
THE paradox between divine mercy and divine justice is one that we, as human beings, find hard to reconcile.