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Saturday, 31 October 2020 16:28

Black lives matter

JPIC100wEB150AOur Carmelite JPIC November newsletter reflects on the social injustices of racism.  The article Black Lives Matter comes from Rev Glen Loughrey, a member of the National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Anglican Commission, and the author of a recent book Another Time, Another Place.

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Saturday, 31 October 2020 12:27

Lectio Divina for November

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, 31 October 2020 11:34

Much rejoicing & gladness!

AllSaintsWeb150aWell, that’s what people in Victoria and in regional NSW are doing! But aside from restrictions being lifted and boarders opened, this Sunday’s Gospel suggests a few more reasons for rejoicing and gladness. This Sunday we are celebrating the Feast of All Saints. We are not just thinking about those officially recognised by the Church as saints. We are also remembering all those people who lived really good lives. We think especially of those who have helped form and shape us, made us better people through the goodness they brought into our lives. Read more

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

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