Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
'There are things in the midst of all of this deep, deep struggle and difficulty that nonetheless give moments of light and joy and goodness.' In his latest message to the faithful, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli asks us to reflect on the small moments of light during this time of deep restrictions. Standing above the Cathedral crypt, Archbishop Comensoli acknowledges the leadership of his predecessors in building up the Archdiocese to what it is today, while offering his prayers for all those affected by the coronavirus.
This week, as you know, is the week in which we’ve entered into these very deep restrictions in our lives and circumstances. And I’m mindful particularly of just how fatiguing and worrying I’m sure that this is for you, your family circumstances, your livelihoods, even just the concern of the possibility of contracting COVID amongst all of these circumstances which you find yourselves in today.
I want to acknowledge that, as I begin my weekly message with you.
But I also want to assure you that the Lord is with you. He comes through, as we’ve seen in our Sunday readings, the Lord calming the storm and bringing calm and peace to our lives. So, may that also be something for you at this time.
There are things in the midst of all of this deep, deep struggle and difficulty that nonetheless give moments of light and joy and goodness. Just yesterday on the feast of Mary MacKillop, our own Saint, here in our Archdiocese I ordained a young man to the Diaconate. His name is Alex Chow, and within the context of only allowing five people in the building, we were able to ordain him. And now he’s coming to serve within the life of our local Church here as a steward of God’s grace for us now and into the future. So this is a beautiful moment within the challenging circumstances we find ourselves.
If you want to watch the ordination, it’s available on our Archdiocese YouTube channel, as is the Sunday Mass and the weekday messages here at the Cathedral, so it’s available for you if you wish, along with these messages that I send out.
I’m actually standing at a particular place in the Cathedral today worth pointing it out. I’m standing by this lovely sculpture with a Bishop’s mitre on top – the bishop’s hat.
This is the place in our Cathedral where the former Archbishops of Melbourne have been buried. Behind me you might see the various information about each of the Archbishops who are buried here. There’s a crypt underneath the cathedral floor where each are buried. It’s worth just remembering them because they have been the leaders of the Church in our Archdiocese for these last 173 years from the time of Archbishop Goold, starting as the first Archbishop and then all the rest, that have come through. Each has been like me, a sinner, in that we’re all in need of the Lord’s love and tenderness, but they’ve been great leaders too.
I want to acknowledge my brother predecessors, and commend them to the Lord, and for the good works that they did in building up the life of the gospel in the life of the Church here in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
Until next week, all the blessings of the Lord to you may he bring a sense of his calm, amidst the storms that we are confronting at this time.'