Lent – the heart of it all Lent – the heart of it all

Lent – the heart of it all

Monday 12 February 2018

Cathy Jenkins, Director, Archbishop's Office for Evangelisation Melbourne

The last time Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day collided was in 1945. I’m not sure if Valentine’s Day was recognised then, but it is certainly a celebration that has captured the imagination of many in the contemporary world. There are heart-shaped chocolates in the shops, florists are anticipating a busy day and in the Catholic world, preparations are underway for a day of fast and abstinence as we move into Lent.

Film Review: Menashe

Monday 12 February 2018

Peter Malone MSC, Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting

There is often a hesitation in being invited into a closed community, especially a religious community that has strict cultural traditions. This is the case with films about Orthodox Jews. A number of these films, often critical, come from Israel. However, this is a film from New York City, an Orthodox enclave – and, significantly for cultural awareness, spoken in Yiddish.

Mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

Sunday, 4 February, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Readings today give us a compelling introduction with Jesus as the great healer. After the cure of Peter’s mother-in-law, people bring their sick and come crowding around the door.

In the first Reading there again are remarkable illustrations of human suffering, so much so the urges and challenges that come across our life seem almost overpowering.

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