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Friday, 30 October 2020 14:56

Rejoice & be glad!

AllSaintsWeb150In the Beatitudes, Matthew has given us a program for life – a list of virtues which belong to those called into the Kingdom. This is how people of the Kingdom live; these are the qualities which mark their lives. The text is chosen for the Feast of All Saints for just that reason. We recognise saints as those people who lived by these qualities – whether or not they are formally canonised by the Church. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday

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Sunday, 25 October 2020 05:02

Carmelites on the move...

Crest2018TWeb150Early next year Fr Wayne Stanhope will complete his ministry as Prior and Parish Priest at Coorparoo (QLD) and move to Port Melbourne (VIC) to begin studies to become a professional Pastoral Supervisor. At the same time, Fr Martinho Da Costa (Wentworthville, NSW) will move to Coorparoo to be the new Prior of the Carmelite Community and Parish Priest and Fr Januario Pinto (Coorparoo) will move to Wentworthville as Assistant Priest, replacing Martinho. These changes were announced recently by Fr Paul Cahill (Prior Provincial). Best wishes to all 3 brothers in their new roles and ministries in 2021.

Saturday, 24 October 2020 12:05

Not 'either/or' but 'both'

30OTAWeb150aThere are a few interesting things about Jesus' dialogues with his opponents. The first is that it is a dialogue. Jesus does not refuse to talk with them, even when he is aware that they want to trap him. The second is that he never shouts down his opponents. The third is that when Jesus is confronted with a trap-question that requires a 'yes/no', or 'either/or', answer, his answer is 'both'. We could benefit from these more inclusive approaches in our own lives and certainly in the political and social life of our country. Read more

Friday, 23 October 2020 16:54

Loving God and each other

30OTAWeb150Another attempt to trap Jesus is contained in the Gospel this Sunday. Opinions and arguments about which was the greatest commandment were common among the Pharisees and questions about it were frequently asked of rabbis. Clearly, those who asked this question of Jesus were trying to disconcert or ‘wrong foot’ Jesus in an attempt to discredit him with his reply. Once again, Jesus does not cleverly sidestep the question; he goes right to the heart of the matter. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Saturday, 17 October 2020 14:27

Justice and Peace in Carmelite Tradition

2020CCJPWeb150Explore the foundations of Justice and Peace in the Carmelite tradition in 2 Zoom sessions on 22 & 29 October with Clare McCardle. There is background material on Justice, Peace & the integrity of Creation, and Biblical Spirituality: the Struggle for Justice and Peace available to read before these sessions. Both are available via the link below.

Thursday 22 & 29 October 3.00pm (AEST) via Zoom. Read more & register

Saturday, 17 October 2020 14:16

Heart speaks to heart

2020JHNWeb150Join us via Zoom for this fascinating look at some poems and writings of John Henry Newman. Newman (1801 – 1890) was an English convert to Catholicism, later made a Cardinal. His motto when he became a Roman Catholic was Heart Speaks to Heart. He is the first English person born since the 17th century to be canonised as a saint. It would not be an exaggeration to say that there is no saint – indeed any historical figure – we know so much about. Thousands (literally) of his letters to friends, relatives, the newspapers, are available to read. He was a very ‘public figure’ virtually from his early days at Oxford.

Tuesday 20 October at 4.30pm (AEDT) via Zoom. Read more & register.

Saturday, 17 October 2020 13:21

Paying taxes and the image of God

29OTAWeb150aAs it was in Jesus' day 2,000 years ago, so it is today. Taxes are an integral part of life in society.  We have a sense that paying taxes is about providing funds for the common good: bridges, roads, health care, education and so on. Paying taxes is the subject of this Sunday's Gospel. The difference, however, is that in Jesus' day taxes were levied by the Romans, a foreign occupying power, not a democratically elected government. People paid taxes on absolutely everything to do with daily life. The Romans certainly did build bridges, roads, baths and aqueducts in Jerusalem. But the vast bulk of the taxes went back to Rome without bringing any benefit to the people. Read more

Friday, 16 October 2020 14:28

The image of God

29OTAWeb150What is on display in this story from Matthew’s Gospel is not Jesus’ clever reply, but the image of God he presents. Even knowing the plot of the Pharisees and Herodians, Jesus does not refuse to enter into dialogue with them. He is the Word of God always willing to be in conversation with human beings, even those plotting against him. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Thursday, 15 October 2020 10:30

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.

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

Monday, 12 October 2020 09:30

We need the spirit of Elijah

2019EWeb150At a recent Papal Audience, Pope Francis said, "We need the spirit of Elijah" and described him as “one of the most compelling characters in the whole of Sacred Scripture.” Carmelites regard Elijah as our spiritual father, so Pope Francis' words about him resonate deeply with us.

Focusing on Elijah’s prayer life, Pope Francis underlined how prayer and contemplation sustained the Prophet not only in moments of great success but also in the face of adversity and persecution. Read more & see video.

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