Mass for ACU end of acadmic year
MASS CELEBRATED BY ARCHBISHOP DENIS HART AT AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY FOR THE END OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR ON FRIDAY, 14TH DECEMBER 2012 AT 11.30 A.M.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In this Mass today I wish to gather together all that has been achieved at A.C.U. this year. I am very much aware of the patient care which has been shown by so many in teaching, encouraging and stimulating learning in those with whom we have worked.
Saint John of the Cross who was outstanding in holiness and knowledge wrote: “Despite all the mysteries and wonders which have been discovered by doctors and holy souls in this state of life, there is always more for them to say and to understand.” This underlines for us that our journey in knowledge is always an ongoing search. John of the Cross says there are depths to be fathomed in Christ: “He is like a rich mine with many recesses containing treasures and no matter how men try to fathom them, the end is never reached. Rather in each recess people keep on finding here and there new veins of new riches.” (From the Spiritual Canticle of Saint John of the Cross)
As we approach the feast of Christmas and see how strongly our God has embraced our human nature and how indeed the glory of God is human beings fully alive, as Saint Ireneas said, we remember that the search for knowledge goes on. The enthusiasm that you bring to teaching; the remarkable rewards that come from seeing your pupils grow, flourish and develop are part of the academic work of this University, which is tremendously well supported by people in libraries, administration, pastoral and spiritual care, and in outreach to our students.
Here at A.C.U. as a Catholic University our work has been focussed on the development of the whole person and on their growth to maturity, wholeness and holiness.
I know that the new Health Sciences building and this Chapel, which has been so beautifully constructed, will be a constant reminder that the knowledge and love of God and his vision, unique for each of us whom he has made, will lead us on our journey and strengthen us in the challenges of life.
The end of another year is certainly a time for reflecting on achievement. It is also a time for reviewing what has been achieved and seeing whether the growth of knowledge, the breadth of care and the yearnings of our spirit, found in Christ, are going forward in the way that Our Lord intends.
Christ came to share our human nature, to ennoble it, to provide it with vision. As I thank you for all that you do, may Christ be with you in your hearts and in your family. May Christ give you a vision of what can be achieved beyond what human imagination might provide. And may he also give you the hope which is here to be shared with our sisters and brothers, with whom we collaborate at A.C.U. and out into the world which Christ loves and made and sustains. May Christ live in our hearts forever.
+ Denis J. Hart,
ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.