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Saturday, 01 August 2020 14:02

Where is God in all this?

18OTAWeb150aIt’s a natural question to ask, faced as we are with a pandemic showing few signs of being overcome. Some Christians are suggesting lengthy prayers and acts of penance to turn the wrath of God’s angry punishment away from us. That will save us, they say. Pope Francis says it’s the wrong way to look at what is happening. God is not punishing his beloved sons and daughters. God’s will is never about punishment.

I think we are often blind to the hidden presence of God. God is deeply enfolded in, often hidden in human beings, human activity and human situations - just as God ‘hid’ himself in Jesus when he became a human person. Read more

Saturday, 01 August 2020 13:41

God in everyday life

18OTAWeb150This week’s Gospel is the beginning of a new section of St Matthew’s Gospel which talks about the Kingdom of God on earth and the Church as a visible sign of the Kingdom. The Kingdom is found where human beings are. It is deeply enfolded and immersed in the world of human experience: hunger, fear, disease, the sound of sheer silence, celebration, joy, hope, forgiveness, mercy, justice, in hearing and keeping the word of God. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Saturday, 01 August 2020 11:35

Lectio Divina for August

LDWeb150You can download and save the scripture texts, reflections and prayers for Lectio Divina for each day of this month. Lectio Divina is a traditional way of praying the Scriptures. Visit our Lectio Divina page for more information about how to pray using Lectio Divina. Join our Lectio Online group every Friday at 10am (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) to prayerfully reflect on the coming Sunday's Gospel. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Saturday, 25 July 2020 13:00

Holding on & letting go

17OTAWeb150What would you be prepared to do to see life return to normal, the pandemic ended, freedoms restored? That’s the question being put to us every day in this experience. Some people don’t want to let go of anything, don’t want to wear masks, don’t want to socially distance, just want to hold on to what they did before the virus. The issue of holding on and letting go is very much at the heart of the Gospel this Sunday. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Thursday, 23 July 2020 10:12

Funeral Arrangements for Fr Pat

2020CFPWeb150The funeral for Fr Leo (Patrick) Harney will be celebrated tomorrow, Friday 24 July. Due to Coronavirus restrictions we are unable to invite you to share with us in person but you can join us via live stream at from 10.00am.

Thank you for your many messages of sympathy and for your tributes to Fr Pat. He was loved and admired by so many. May he rest in peace.

Saturday, 18 July 2020 10:21

The patient gardener

16OTAWeb150Today’s Gospel parable is a parable about wheat and darnel growing together in a field. Apparently darnel, a weed, looks so similar to wheat that it is almost impossible to tell the two apart until the ears appear at harvest time. The parable urges patience and to leave final judgement to God. What appears to be darnel may yet turn out to be wheat. Only time will tell. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Saturday, 18 July 2020 09:46

An explosion of humanity

2020LPGOLMCWeb150"We have lived with restrictions and with some fear now for many months. Families are grieving. Hospitals are still taking care of victims of the virus. Doctors, nurses and the whole medical profession and staff have shown all their dedication, professionalism and zeal, beyond the call of duty. People have made sacrifices to make sure there was bread on our tables, and as everywhere people are counting the toll that the virus has taken on their lives through bereavement, illness, loss of employment and livelihood, we might say that we are seeing an explosion of humanity." Fr Míceál O’Neill, Prior General of the Carmelites has written to the Carmelite Family for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Read the full letter  |  pdf Download the letter. (138 KB)

Friday, 17 July 2020 11:26

Fr Leo (Patrick) Harney, O.Carm. RIP

2020CFPWeb150Today the Carmelites of Australia & Timor-Leste are mourning the loss of Fr Leo (Pat) Harney who died peacefully in the early hours of this morning. He was 99 years old and had been a Carmelite for 73 years and a priest for 68.

Pat served generously in Carmelite parishes in Australia and New Zealand, as a relieving priest in many country diocesan parishes and as long-time Chaplain at St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Melbourne (VIC). Read more

Friday, 17 July 2020 10:32

Albino, Marco & Matthew - Solemn Vows

2020SPAUWeb150Brothers Albino Dos Santos, Marcolino Gomes and Matthew Tonini made their Solemn Profession (life-long commitment) as Carmelites on 16 July during Mass in the Community Chapel at Middle Park (VIC). Due to Coronavirus restrictions we were unable to have a larger, public celebration of this significant milestone for these brothers. Fr Paul Cahill was the celebrant and Brs José Freitas and Anacleto Guterres Da Costa provided the music. The readings were read by Marcolino and Albino and Matthew sang the psalm. Fr Matthew McPhee read the Gospel. Read more & see photos

Thursday, 16 July 2020 10:45

Happy Feast Day!

2020OLMCWeb150Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Our lady of Mount Carmel. From the earliest days of the Order's beginnings, Mary has held a special place in the lives of Carmelites.

Mary embodies everything that we hope for - to enter into an intimate relationship with Christ, being totally open to God's will and having our lives transformed by the Word of God. Like Mary, we too want to listen so deeply to the Word of God that he becomes flesh in us.

Happy feast day to all members of our Carmelite Family!

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