“Who do you say I am?” (Homily, 21st Sunday in OT) “Who do you say I am?” (Homily, 21st Sunday in OT)

“Who do you say I am?” (Homily, 21st Sunday in OT)

Sunday 23 August 2020

Archbishop Peter A ComensoliJesus was on foreign soil when he travelled to Caesarea Philippi, and in more ways than one. Caesarea Philippi was located less than 100kms north of the Sea of Galilee, yet this was a different nation to that of Israel. So, while close to the homeland of Jesus, it was a foreign country for him and his friends. Even more foreign to Jesus was the purpose of Caeasrea Philippi. It was a sacred site, with a temple dedicated to the Greek god, Pan. So, in today’s gospel, we have Jesus travelling to a foreign country, with a foreign religion, to make the point of...

Keeping isolation at bay for older carers

Thursday 20 August 2020

A new iPad and online training have been a lifeline for Billie and her husband Laurie, also 80, who has Lewy Body Dementia. Billie has been supported by VMCH’s Carer Support Program as Laurie’s full-time carer for four years. The program is jointly-run by VMCH and YourLink – an organisation focussed on the digital inclusion of Australian seniors. 'This program is the most wonderful thing,' Billie says. 'You feel a bit left out these days… I don’t understand a lot of the modern things that are going on and I think this is going to open up so many different avenues for us. It’s an incredible program and I’m so grateful, I can’t tell you.' Weekly training sessions with YourLink tech gurus have helped Billie to connect with family interstate via FaceTime and catch up with fellow carers supported by VMCH via Zoom.

People of compassion: A message from Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

Thursday 20 August, 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
'To have compassion is to suffer with, and to be able to reach out to those in need. I'm sure you have that sense of our circumstances that this moment'. In his latest message to the faithful, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli stands before the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and asks us to reflect on what it means to be people of compassion during times of suffering. 

Victims of violence based on faith or belief

Wednesday 19 August 2020

Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ

'Christians should not need to be told about what people have suffered because of their faith,' writes Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ, to mark the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence based on religion or belief on 22 August. 'But when we honour the victims of violence, we are also called to ask why violence happens. The answer lies in the hatred and lack of acceptance of people who are different that leads to violence. Violence roots in prejudice; prejudice in a lack of understanding; a lack of understanding roots in the absence of deep social relationships with people who differ from us. To address it we must walk back through these steps, beginning by reaching out to people who are different.' 

Coping with isolation

Wednesday 19 August 2020

Liz Gellel, CatholicCare
Maintaining a daily or weekly routine can help to create a sense of normality during such an abnormal time. Routine can also give us a sense of control in our lives, increasing feelings of calm and safety. Setting a regular wake up/sleep time is a good place to start! Remember that no matter how lonely or isolated you feel, help is always available. Speaking to a counsellor can, in itself, reduce feelings of isolation and increase connectedness. But counsellors can provide coping strategies and other support too.

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