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Discernment papers for Plenary Council released

Sunday 31 May 2020

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
 
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says the six discernment papers for the Fifth Plenary Council of Australia signify the latest milestone as the Church considers its present circumstances and discerns its future.

Six Discernment and Writing Groups, one each for the six national themes for discernment that emerged from the Council’s Listening and Dialogue phase, were tasked with writing papers to bring some major themes and issues into focus.

“The papers are the fruits of communal discernment. The aim of the discernment process was to draw upon the lived faith and experiences of more than 220,000 Australians, the living tradition of the Church, sacred Scripture, papal teachings and additional insights from outside the Church,” said Archbishop Costelloe, the Plenary Council president.

Archbishop Costelloe said the papers are an important contribution to the Church in Australia’s ongoing discernment towards the Plenary Council.

The first gift at Pentecost

Sunday 31 May 2020

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli
 
Homily: Pentecost (Year A) 
  
Here’s a question to ask yourself: What did the Holy Spirit give as the first gift to the disciples at Pentecost? We might be tempted to focus on how the Spirit was experienced by the disciples: we hear of the wind; we are told of the fire; we learn that the disciples experience a fullness of the Holy Spirit. But notice that none of these are what the disciples received as a gift to have as their own; these are, rather, manifestations of the presence of the Holy Spirit. The gift came as a result of the manifestation, and it was quite specific: “… they began to speak in foreign languages, as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.”
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