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VISITING theologian and pastor, Monsignor Professor Tomas Halik (Prague), spent the weekend on either side of Melbourne.
On Saturday he led a Year of Mercy reflection at the Divine Mercy Shrine in Keysborough, where he talked about the need for open hearts and open minds to be able to dialogue with God. “We need to listen – with open hearts and open minds to the everyday events in which God is speaking to us …We need to try to understand, to answer and to live in mutual dialogue with God.”
On Sunday he visited the parish community of Resurrection Parish, Kings Park. Reflecting on the gospel question “Who is my neighbour?” (Parable of the Good Samaritan), the Monsignor stressed that “what we need is a culture of nearness, especially in our divided and fragmented world of today. … Perhaps what is more important to God is not whether or not we believe in him, but whether or not we love him, and therefore whether we love our neighbours, because faith without love is nothing; a faith without love is empty.”
Monsignor Halik’s last public event in Melbourne is tonight’s lecture at Newman College, Parkville, from 5pm – 6.30pm. He will engage with human rights advocate, author and professor of law, Fr Frank Brennan SJ, in a dialogue about struggling to believe in a time of disillusionment.
See gallery below of pictures from the weekend.
The Monsignor also spoke with Tiffany Orbien from the Archbishop’s Office of Evangelisation today. Click below to see that interview in full.