The potency of a blazing fire The potency of a blazing fire

The potency of a blazing fire

Sunday 26 April 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli Homily: Third Sunday of Easter (Year A)   “Did not our hearts burn within us…?” When was the last time you could say that your own heart burnt within you? I don’t mean by this identifying when was the last time you got excited about something, as if this is equivalent to the feeling of elation when your team won the footy pennant. (Sorry Carlton fans!) Rather, the fire that burnt in the hearts of those two disciples as they walked with Jesus along the road to Emmaus might better be compared to the fire of deep loving...

'Facing fear with courage': ANZAC Day 2020

Friday 24 April 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli 

This ANZAC Day thousands around Australia will stand outside their dwellings to greet the dawn in a different way. Physically separated, but united. For Australians of all faiths and none, ANZAC Day is special. We remember the spirit of sacrifice and the times when our whole nation came together, facing fear with courage.


Good Friday: We proclaim a crucified Christ

Friday 10 April 2020

As of this morning, 94,807 people worldwide have died of coronavirus. Our Australian figure is 53 people. These are sobering numbers, which we have become accustomed to hearing over the past few weeks. Why do these numbers matter to us? Because each number is a person whose story has ended, each a person loved by another, each a child of God. 

There is another reason why these numbers have come to feature so prominently in our daily lives: suddenly we can see the real possibility of ourselves – or someone close to us – included among that number. The reality of death has not changed in this time of contagion, but our awareness of its presence – and the price it extracts – has changed.