Coronavirus: Kindness vs fear

Wednesday 18 March 2020

The spread of coronavirus, and in particular it’s widespread and ongoing media coverage, has been causing panic around Australia. We are seeing store shelves emptied. People fighting for packs of toilet paper. And ultimately, we are witnessing an egocentric atmosphere fuelled by fear. 

Third Sunday in Lent: Spiritual Closeness

Sunday 15 March 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Homily: 3rd Sunday in Lent (Year A) 
You may have seen those videos coming from apartment blocks in Italian towns that are shut down because of the coronavirus. Someone in an apartment block with an internal balcony takes up their trusty accordion or guitar and begins playing a folk tune or pop song, and others from different apartments come out onto their balconies and join. Voices are raised in a pop-up choir, and an impromptu orchestra of bells and whistles and tambourines joins in. Old and young get into it, and people wave to each other across their ‘social distancing’ isolation. People might be forced to be shut away in their own homes because of the virus, but they’ve found a way of being together, nonetheless.