I am delighted to meet with you from the Indonesian community to encourage you and your Chaplains in the living of the faith of Jesus Christ.
Today in the Church we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and you and I know well that the living of the faith in modern society is a great invitation to walk the way of the Cross and so to come to newness of life
Today we gather to honour Mary, the Mother of God, the Mother of the Church, and our Mother also. She it was who brought the Saviour to us in limitless and humble love.
Let us ask that we will follow Mary’s example - of recognition of our gifts, humble and generous service, and total openness to the possibilities which God gives us, as we gather with the members of our College to celebrate this Mass.
I am delighted to visit your Prayer Group to celebrate this Mass, to encourage you in the celebration of the Eucharist and the contemplation of God’s Word, which are the essence of the living of our Christian faith.
Let us ask the Lord, the Giver of Life, the Holy Spirit, that He will enlighten our minds and hearts in this act of praise so that He will guide us on our journey of faith in a hostile world.
A year ago today an unspeakable horror descended upon the world. The barbarism, which brought about the deaths of so many innocent people has cast a shadow upon the lives of people ever since.
In this Mass we pray that the peace willed by Christ for our world will be the basis of all our efforts to reshape the life of our planet.