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Monday, 14 September 2020 14:46

Week 2 Season of Creation

2020SOCweeksWeb150Have you ever stood on an unspoiled beach wondering at a spectacular sunrise and felt that your God was part of you and the creation? At a time of loss or tragedy have you sought the peace of solitude, a quiet place? Does the flight of a bird lift your spirit “on eagles wings”? We are aware of what Patriarch Bartholomew calls sin (Laudato si ) as the human species overfishes the oceans and pollutes them with river of plastics. As the lungs of the earth, the great forests of the Amazon and Congo basins are clear-felled or burnt.

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Friday, 11 September 2020 13:26

A family formed by forgiveness 2

24OTAWeb150There is no doubt that genuine forgiveness, forgiveness ‘from the heart’, is a real challenge. The more personally we are hurt by another person the harder it is to forgive them. Forgiveness is often more a movement than a moment. Often we only come to forgiveness step by step over a long period of time. If we can pray for those who hurt us we have already taken the first step on the road to forgiveness. Forgiveness does not imply that what a person did was OK. Read more and download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Thursday, 10 September 2020 14:32

R U OK?

2020RUOKWen150Today in Australia is R U OK? Day. It is our national day of action when Australians are reminded that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?” if someone in your world is struggling with life’s ups and downs.

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and circumstances have made it even more important for us all to stay connected and, for those who are able, be willing to support those around us. Read more

Tuesday, 08 September 2020 10:00

Our Lady's Birthday - 8 September

LaBrunaWeb150Today is traditionally the day on which we celebrate Our Lady's Birthday. No one knows, of course, when Mary of Nazareth was born, but like all families we celebrate important events in the lives of those close to us. The birth of her son Jesus was the hope and dawning of salvation for the whole world.

Mary has long been considered the model of the Christian person: one who allows the Word of God to take root in their hearts and who gives that Word human shape and form in loving actions.

Monday, 07 September 2020 21:08

No to plundering - yes to sharing

2020PVSeptWeb150We are squeezing out the planet’s goods. Squeezing them out, as if the earth were an orange. Countries and businesses from the global north have enriched themselves by exploiting the natural resources of the south, creating an “ecological debt.” In addition, this “ecological debt” is increased when multinationals do abroad what they would never be allowed to do in their own countries. It’s outrageous. Today, not tomorrow; today, we have to take care of Creation responsibly. Let us pray that the planet’s resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner. No to plundering; yes to sharing.

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Monday, 07 September 2020 16:29

Week 1 Season of Creation

2020SOCweeksWeb150Celebrating the 2020 liturgical Season of Creation is a key centrepiece of the 5th anniversary of LAUDATO Si. It's a time to join in this call to prayer, for integral ecological conversion and extensive action planning.

We invite you to prayerfully ponder these weekly reflections prepared by our Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Commission. Enjoy the magic of technology with amazing Youtube clips to lift your spirits and wherever possible take your dreams, prayers and love for creation outside into nature.

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Saturday, 05 September 2020 10:02

Fathers' Day Blessing

2020FDWeb150This Sunday is Fathers’ Day. Due to COVID many of us will not have the opportunity to gather with our fathers and other family members to celebrate. We will, of course, find ways of being in contact with them or to spend some time quietly remembering those who are no longer with us. We are very conscious of those fathers who have died because of COVID-19. We hold them and their families in our prayer.
 
Whatever your circumstances, you might like to pray this prayer for all the fathers you know.

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Friday, 04 September 2020 15:26

A family formed by forgiveness

23OTAWeb150At the moment it seems like we are surrounded by shrill, angry voices of fear, criticism and cruelty, proclaiming judgement and assigning blame. It is, of course, quite usual for human beings to disagree with one another. The Gospel for this Sunday gives us a way of dealing with differences and disputes. It is not about being right or punishing an offender, but about conversion and reconciliation. It involves respectful dialogue. We have a shared responsibility, not only for the life of our communities, but also for the lives of each other. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Tuesday, 01 September 2020 10:43

Live life to the full

2020SJSWeb150The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the mental health of many in our communities. Understanding mental health will help us to be aware of those who need our support. The Bishops invite us all to reject stigmatisation, to work for the transformation of social determinants of mental ill-health, and to call for policies and service provision that meets the needs of the poorest and most marginalised members of our community. Read more & watch video

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Monday, 31 August 2020 13:08

Carmelites celebrate anniversaries

2020ATLWeb150The Carmelite family gathered in our house at Hera, Timor-Leste recently to celebrate the 40th anniversary of first profession of Fr Bruce Clark and the 25th anniversaries of Fr Aniceto Maia Da Costa and Nelinho Ferreira Soares. Archbishop Virgilio Do Carmo Da Silva, SDB, (Archbishop of Dili) was the principal celebrant at the Mass, together with 20 Carmelite, diocesan and religious priests. More than 2,000 people joined in the celebration.

Congratulations, Brothers! See more photos.

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