Reflections

Jesus is our Guardian (Homily, 23rd Sunday in OT, Father's Day) Jesus is our Guardian (Homily, 23rd Sunday in OT, Father's Day)

Jesus is our Guardian (Homily, 23rd Sunday in OT, Father's Day)

Sunday 6 September 2020

Archbishop Peter A ComensoliHomily (23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A): We all know that magpies make for excellent sentries. They are always looking around, checking their surroundings, watching for danger, ensuring their safety, protecting their young. They are the guardians above the neighbourhood, the sentries in our domestic skies. They know how to protect their own, and will do what is necessary to safeguard them. We might hold in our minds this image, as we listen again to the words of the Lord to the Prophet Ezekiel: I have appointed you as sentry to the House of Israel. In the...

The Father's love

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Communications Office
 
While Father's Day for many is a time to remember the blessings of fathers and family, for many it brings to mind memories of pain. This piece explores the complex dynamics of the father-child relationship and that even when an earthy father lets us down, nothing can compare to the love our Heavenly Father has for us.  

Steward to the poor: Pope St Gregory the Great

Wednesday 2 September 2020

Communications Office
 
Having been prefect of Rome and city administrator, Gregory retired to a monastery to avoid the trappings of success, preferring instead the austere and joyful simplicity of monastic life. But this was not to last. In 589, Rome was in trouble. A flood had destroyed the grain reserves, leading to famine and a city-wide plague ravaged the populace and killed the pope. Gregory was elected pope and although he initially attempted to refuse the position, he eventually assumed the role, albeit reluctantly. But here his administrative skills and experience were put to excellent use. Rome was packed with refugees, poor and homeless people trying to scrape together a living in a city suffering plague, famine, floods, and constant threat of attack. They needed a wise and merciful leader.  
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