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Thursday, 21 October 2021 10:35

What do you want me to do for you?

30OTBWeb150There are all kinds of blindness - physical, lack of insight or perception, an unwillingness to see a confronting reality, and so on. For many weeks now we have travelled with Jesus and the disciples as they head towards Jerusalem. Many times, the disciples have seemed almost wilfully blind to understanding the mission of Jesus. The blind man Bartimaeus is an image of the true disciple. He recognises his blindness and asks for healing. What do you want Jesus to do for you? Read more

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Thursday, 14 October 2021 17:03

St Teresa of Jesus Feast Day 15 October

2020TOAWeb150Born in Avila in Spain in 1515 Teresa entered the Carmelites and eventually made great progress in her spiritual journey. Wishing to share in the spiritual renewal of the Church of her time, she began to live her religious life more ardently and soon attracted many companions, to whom she was like a mother. She also helped in the reform of the friars with Saint John of the Cross. She wrote books which are renowned for their depth of doctrine and which showed her own spiritual experiences. She died at Alba de Tormes in 1582. In 1970 Teresa was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI. Read more

"Prayer, in my opinion, is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends." - St Teresa of Jesus.

Thursday, 14 October 2021 12:32

Servants, not masters

29OTBWeb150At the heart of so much politics, social media and TV reality shows sits an awful truth - our need to 'lord it over' one another; to control, dominate and destroy others in a relentless struggle to get to the top. Malignant narcissism, self-absorption and a sense of superiority can lock us into a never-ending cycle of negative behaviours against anyone who seems to be a threat to us. But in today's Gospel Jesus says, 'This is not to happen among you'. Read more

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2021PCWeb150Spending 7 hours a day online for 6 days with 300 other participants can be exhausting and overwhelming, but Fr Paul Cahill says that the first Assembly of the Plenary Council was ‘a prayerful, humbling, respectful and inspiring experience in which I was keenly aware of my own inadequacies but graced to be able to participate.’ More story

Monday, 11 October 2021 15:21

Fratelli Tutti - a Carmelite Reading

MONWeb150Is there a Carmelite reading of Fratelli Tutti? Carmelite Prior General, Míceál O'Neill, thinks so. Recently he prepared a 2-part online presentation about Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis' encyclical on universal fraternity, for the Provincial Assembly of the Carmelites in Australia & Timor-Leste. Fr Míceál highlighted 4 aspects of Fratelli Tutti which resonate with Carmelite Tradition: The place of God, the dignity of the human person, building fraternity, and communication, silence, dialogue and encounter. You can watch the videos here or on our YouTube channel.

Thursday, 07 October 2021 11:12

Nothing is impossible for God

28OTBWeb150In the Jewish tradition, wealth was seen as a blessing from God and the wealthy person as especially favoured by God. Along with the idea of divine blessing and favour came a divine obligation (often ignored) – the care of God’s poor. What Jesus invites him into is the total transformation of his life – to go in a new direction. Rather sadly, the rich man cannot take this step. Read more

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Thursday, 07 October 2021 00:04

Our Lady of the Rosary

rosary01 150The feast which originally commemorated the victory of a Christian army serves today to focus us on the Rosary prayer. It is meant to be a gentle, meditative walk through the major events in the Gospels. The prayers like the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be are, like a chant, meant to give the body something to do while the heart contemplates a particular episode from the Gospels. It is really a way of meditating on the Scripture. October is traditionally the month of the Rosary. Read more

Saturday, 02 October 2021 15:10

Re-visioning our Church

JPIC110This Sunday, 3rd October, the convergence of two major events in the Church calendar draws us to reflect on the continuing work of the Holy Spirit in our personal life and the life of our church. The Season of Creation which began on 1 September will conclude this Sunday, the Feast of Saint Francis.  This Sunday also marks the beginning of the Plenary Council in Australia. As our church gathers for the Plenary Council we offer you a reflection from Fr Anthony Scerri OCarm, called ‘The Third Apostolic Church’.

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Saturday, 02 October 2021 13:40

Carmelites meet on Zoom

2021PAAWeb150More than 20 Carmelites in Australia met together for the first ever online Provincial Assembly from 28-30 September. Carmelites in Timor-Leste were able to gather face-to-face 2 weeks ago in Hera. A Provincial Assembly is usually held one year before the Provincial Chapter for ongoing formation and to focus on emerging issues. Usually, as many members of the Province as possible would gather in Melbourne for the Assembly. Due to COVID lockdowns and travel restrictions it was decided to hold the Assembly in 2 sessions, one in each country. More story & videos

Saturday, 02 October 2021 12:20

Plenary Council - all you need to know

2021PCWeb150For the first time in 80 years members of the Catholic Church in Australia will meet together in the first Assembly of the Plenary Council. The Assembly will be composed of lay people, religious, priests and bishops reflecting on the question, What is God asking of us in Australia today? The first Assembly will begin with Mass in Perth's St Mary's Cathedral and continue through this coming week.

Carmelite Provincial, Fr Paul Cahill, is a member of the Plenary Council.

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