Monday 2 February 2015
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I invite you to join me in our
common pilgrimage to Jesus and to others, which is the season of Lent.
Through casting aside our own
self-sufficiency and indifference we see once again the journey of Jesus
through suffering to Easter and new life.
In the Church we are one with
others who suffer and have a unity in holy things; the love of God revealed to
us in Jesus and his gifts. We are invited to respond by being touched by this
love, so that we can do something for those whom we could never otherwise
reach, asking that we may be open to his plan of salvation.
In our parishes and
communities, do we care for our weakest and insignificant members? We need to
press beyond the boundaries of the visible Church in two ways:
First, the prayer of the Church
on earth establishes a communion of mutual service and goodness: prayer;
fasting, which focuses our mind and heart; a share in the Eucharist and in
special times of prayer and Adoration – particularly the twenty-four hours for the
Lord which will be observed throughout the Church on Friday 13 to Saturday 14
March. All will help us to see ourselves and our world as God sees us and to be
the bearers of God’s hope and light.
Similarly, every community is
called to go out of itself and to be engaged in the life of the society of
which it is part, especially with the poor and those who are far away. Our
mission is humbly to bear witness by our prayer and works of love, that Christ
is the Lord of all and is present among us.
Our sharing in Project Compassion
and other works of charity are a demonstration of our new awareness of each
other and of the call to conversion which reminds me of the uncertainty of my
Finally, Lent is an opportunity
for formation of the heart. If we are merciful to others, we must have a strong
and steadfast heart, open to God bringing love along the road to our brothers
and sisters; one which realises our poverty and gives ourselves freely to
Through this journey together
may we cast aside the indifference that we have and be more aware to the needs
of others, more united to the vision of Christ to seek out our brothers and
Thank you for your prayer and
generosity in this special time when we walk with Jesus to his resurrection.
+ Denis J. Hart,
ARCHBISHOP OF MELBOURNE.