There is an accessible version of this website. You can click here to switch now or switch to it at any time by clicking Accessibility in the footer. As many of you may have seen on the news or read about in the papers, the Royal Commission will tomorrow in Sydney begin a three week inquiry into the Catholic Church in relation to issues of child sexual abuse. I have written a Pastoral Letter to all Catholics in the Archdiocese concerning this matter and I would ask you all to read it carefully. It is available online and the access details are in the Cathedral bulletin for this week. There are also copies available at the end of Mass for those who would like to take a copy. This is a challenging but vitally important time for the Church, as we confront honestly the terrible mistakes of the past and commit ourselves to doing whatever we can to make the present and the future much better and safer for our children and young people. It is especially a time for praying urgently for healing for those who have been hurt and for acknowledging our deep sorrow for the pain they have suffered and continue to suffer. I am conscious that this is a delicate and distressing matter for many of us and I am also aware that many parents will not necessarily want their children exposed to the details of this situation.
African Missionary, Spring/Summer 2020, No. 35
I can still see the pieces of salted bacon, hanging from the rafters. Thousands of years ago, salt was used as a form of currency. It never lost its value. They say, that for a sore throat, gargle in hot water and salt. Sanctity is not an abstract thing, a caviar for a privileged few mystics and saints.
Homily - Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)
Isaiah is saying that worshiping God involves more than observing an outward ritual; there must be an inward conversion of heart. Paul had tried using great rhetoric to convince people in Athens — but that did not seem to work for him. He had been forced to leave Philippi, Thessalonica, and Beroea because of persecution and eventually ended up alone in Corinth, without any of the support of his companions. So instead of coming with great self-confidence of a powerful speaker Paul explains that he was overwhelmed by his own human weakness in the face of this divine message confided to him.
The Beatitudes are very, very special and we continue them today. Jesus, after speaking, brought his disciples up to a high mountain. In a way, it was like Moses appearing once again to the people because Moses gave them the first covenant, so many centuries before, and a hope that someday a Messiah would come. And it was natural that Jesus would go up the mountainside, surrounded by his disciples. And all the people filled the mountain to hear what he had to say. And, as we mentioned last week, Jesus was saying you should be happy, you should rejoice, because God is with you. God is with you and He will give you a whole new way to look at yourself and to look into your hearts and to feel the presence of God in a kind of way that nobody from the history of the world until then would ever begin to understand. Jesus came, not to tell us what we could become — we could become this and become that — he was telling these people what they really are, what their true identity was. And if you look at that crowd of people you would be quite surprised to find that most of them were those who knew their need for God, or they came out of curiosity or because a famous man was giving a famous talk. But Jesus says that he is now going to tell them who they really are.