WYD creates new prophets

WYD creates new prophets

Some weeks ago in Toronto 500 or so bishops were granted a rare privilege. It is rare for any of us to be allowed a glimpse of the future, rarer still to see a future that is filled with hope and promise. But that is what we witnessed at World Youth Day 2002.

Finding Jesus in the Mystery

This month's theme for Contemplate-Launch Out! is mystery, the mystery of faith (Novo Millennio Ineunte, 21-28). Everyone loves a mystery but in the Church we use 'mystery' in a particular sense. To call God 'mystery' is to recognise his unfathomable depths: however clever we might be, we have no words that fully capture God. But the great consolation of our faith is that, though a mystery, God is not remote or inaccessible to us.

Suffering shows God's purpose

Often in this series of reflections on Contemplate—Launch Out! we have paused to consider the face of Christ. The Pope’s meditation on the Saviour’s face in Novo Millennio Ineunte (24) reminds us that faces show our souls to the world, they show who we really are. We see in Jesus’s face who he really is: we see the Christ, the Son of God.

Discover what we must do

"Actions speak louder than words", goes the old saying. People sit up and pay attention when we make a choice and act on it, and they are often sceptical if we talk and talk but never actually get round to doing anything. This month in the Archdiocese we are pondering just what it is the Pope has asked us to do in the new millennium. We ask, as the people asked Saint Peter in Jerusalem, "What must we do?" (Acts 2: 37).

Meaning in daily routine

No doubt we have all experienced the euphoria of achieving some important goal, and then after the celebrations, the need to pick ourselves up and start again. Or perhaps the dull feeling of returning home from the annual holiday to face the laundry and the everyday timetable.