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Friday, 20 November 2020 17:11

A Royal Fascination

CTKWeb150aRoyalty seems to be an endless source of fascination for many people. They are a different kind of celebrity. Maybe it’s the power, real or largely ceremonial. Maybe it’s the wealth and lavish lifestyles. Maybe it’s the pomp and pageantry. Maybe it’s the glittering robes and crowns. In the Old Testament scripture, God comes among his people not as a warrior-king, with a frightening display of military power or with thunderbolts in his hands, but as a shepherd-king: feeding his flock, gathering the lambs in his arms, holding them tenderly and leading the mother ewes to rest. God’s coming liberates and frees his people through tenderness and forgiveness. Read more

Friday, 20 November 2020 13:08

Christ the King

CTKWeb150The whole idea of ‘kingdom’ has been thoroughly re-written in the teaching of Jesus: there is only one master and you are all brothers… The disciples are indeed kings – they have the power of Jesus’ spirit in them. But this power is not to be exercised in the classical sense ‘having power over others’, but by being true servants. The power of the spirit of Jesus fuels deeds of loving kindness for the brothers and sisters of Jesus – reversing horrible human conditions, and bringing healing and salvation. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Sunday, 15 November 2020 17:27

All Carmelite Souls

ACSLWeb150Today, Carmelites remember with love and thanksgiving all those people who have handed on to us the heritage of Carmelite life and spirituality. We remember especially those we have known and who have deeply enriched our own living of Carmelite life. These brothers and sisters of ours may not have been famous spiritual writers nor renowned for extraordinary experiences of prayer, but they made their mark on the Order and on each of us through their own efforts to live in allegiance to Jesus Christ in service to the Order and to the Church.

May God welcome them fully into the Divine embrace.

Saturday, 14 November 2020 14:07

Stepping out of fear and into life

33OTAWeb150aFear is a powerful emotion. It paralyses us, makes us defensive. Others become threats to us. All of us know how advertising and politicians frequently play on our fears rather than appealing to our goodness.

We are heading for the end of a year in which we have experienced a great deal of fear. I don’t think any of us will be unhappy to see the end of 2020 and I imagine that New Year’s celebrations for 2021 will be well over the top as we let go of some of the fear and hope for something better in 2021. Read more

Saturday, 14 November 2020 11:37

Growing the Kingdom

33OTAWeb150Christ has entrusted us with the Kingdom of God. We are called to work industriously and productively with the Spirit so that the Kingdom, the Reign of God’s grace, may be seen and experienced through us, and that others also may come to believe. The Kingdom gifts of love, justice, mercy, compassion and forgiveness are multiplied. The Kingdom grows. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday

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Tuesday, 10 November 2020 14:28

Carmelites join End COVID for All

2020ECFAWeb150The Carmelites support the #endcovidforall campaign, asking the Australian government to ensure we assist others who are struggling through this pandemic. This COVID crisis is not going to end for anyone, until it ends for everyone.

Mayra Walsh, our Community Development Ministry Coordinator, said, “This year we have seen the economic impacts of the pandemic affecting local communities in Timor-Leste where we work. We support this campaign because it’s important to us that our government reflects our commitment to ensuring that people everywhere are able to live with dignity”. Read more

Saturday, 07 November 2020 14:30

Don't get caught napping!

32OTAWeb150aWhen COVID-19 first emerged it was as if the whole world had been caught napping. Nations found they were, often vastly, underprepared to meet the challenges of a pandemic. Various centres for disease outbreaks had been gradually defunded, departments and Governments had grown tired and weary waiting for the next outbreak. Because it had been so long since we had faced a similar challenge, we had lost our ‘strategic readiness’. Read more

Friday, 06 November 2020 16:44

Ready & waiting

32OTAWeb150Wisdom is at the heart of the first reading and Gospel. In the Bible, wisdom is not separate from God but a feminine personification of various attributes of God. The first reading presents wisdom as like a light which never fails. God is always taking the initiative with us, searching out the believers and revealing himself to them. The parable in the Gospel continues the theme of wisdom. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Thursday, 05 November 2020 14:58

Young Carmelites Graduate in Timor

2020PGTLWeb150Brothers Amandio, Agostinho and Narcizio graduated as Bachelors of Philosophy from the Instituto Filosofico Sao Francisco De Sales in Dili, Timor-Leste on 31 October 2020. They were among a group of 27 other students who recently completed the four year degree course. These brothers will continue their studies for priesthood at the Major Seminary of Ss Peter & Paul in Dili. Congratulations, brothers! See photos here.

Monday, 02 November 2020 10:28

Remembering those who have died

AllSoulsWeb150Today the church prays for all those who have died. We pray in faith and hope. As St Paul says, what proves that God loves us is that Christ died for us while we were still sinners, and by his death we have been made righteous in the eyes of God. (Romans 5:8-10) God does not wait for us to be perfect before reaching out to us in love.

We join with the whole Church in praying that God welcome our departed sisters and brothers fully into the Divine embrace.

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