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Saturday, 29 August 2020 12:58

Stumbling blocks or stepping stones?

22OTAWeb150aIn Victoria, we are daring to breathe a quiet sigh of relief as the number of new coronavirus cases is slowly decreasing. At the same time, we are still holding our collective breath, just a little bit. We are a bit conflicted: relieved that new cases are coming down, but appalled by the number of deaths, especially among the elderly. We are not sure what we should be feeling: relief or horror. Read more

Friday, 28 August 2020 16:23

Finding the right path

22OTAWeb150What a contrast there is between last Sunday’s Gospel, when Peter was proclaimed the ‘rock’ on which the church would be built, and this Sunday when Jesus rebukes him for being a different kind of rock - a ‘stumbling block’! Can a stumbling block become a stepping stone on the path to life? Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Thursday, 27 August 2020 17:34

Join the World Day of Prayer for Creation

2020PFCWeb150You can join with the Jamberoo Lay Carmelites on Tuesday 1 September at 2.00pm for the World Day of Prayer for Creation. It will be a one hour prayerful, meditative way to pray for our planet, to ask God’s blessing on the minds and hearts of us all, to encourage us to help turn around the destruction and damage being done, and to care for the place we love so much which we call HOME, planet Earth.

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Thursday, 27 August 2020 16:50

The Vanishing Garden

JPIC99The first day of Spring is coming up and the Season of Creation is upon us, commencing with the World Day of Prayer for Creation on Tuesday 1 September.

This month we give our attention to our planet Earth; to marvel at God’s creation and to wonder and ask ourselves how we can Care for our Common Home. Peter Thomas invites us to give some thought to our planet’s early beginnings and down through the ages.

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Thursday, 27 August 2020 14:42

Join the Season of Creation

2020SOCWeb150Join the 2020 Season of Creation - a time for Christians to come together, take action, and show the world what love for creation looks like. The Season of Creation, 1 September – 4 October, is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through repenting, repairing, and rejoicing together. This year, amid crises that have shaken our world, we’re awakened to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and each other. “This is the season for letting our prayer be inspired anew by closeness to nature  . . . to reflect on our lifestyles . . . for undertaking prophetic actions . . . directing the planet towards life, not death.” Pope Francis Visit the website  |  Watch the video

Saturday, 22 August 2020 11:47

Who’s that behind the mask?

12OTAWeb150aMeeting people wearing masks can be a bit of a challenge. Often it’s hard enough to correctly match names and faces. Now, when half the face is covered, that challenge seems to have doubled. Who is that behind the mask?

There’s a similar sense of confusion at the beginning of this Sunday’s gospel. Who is Jesus?  All sorts of answers emerge when Jesus asks the disciples who other people think he is. Then he asks the disciples who they think he is. It’s Peter who blurts out his answer, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God”. Read more.

Friday, 21 August 2020 15:19

Who do you say I am?

21OTAWeb150At this point in St Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus and his chosen ones have travelled and lived together for some time. He now invites them to explore what they understand about his identity: Who do people say the Son of Man is? The disciples tell Jesus what they have heard from others: John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or one of the prophets. Jesus then asks the disciples, “But, who do you say I am?” Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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Saturday, 15 August 2020 12:59

Online opportunities for you

JUOLWeb150We have a variety of online opportunities for you during August and September. Lectio Divina, Meditation, Centering Prayer, Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Supervision. As well, we have 2 sessions exploring the writings of Fr Richard Rohr on You are the Body of Christ and Judy Racz explores the Mystical Teachings of the Jewish Tradition. Read more.

Saturday, 15 August 2020 03:41

Retraining our eyes and our hearts

20OTAWeb150aOne thing we are very good at as human beings is spotting differences rather than similarities. We do it all the time. Often, instead of seeing the human person in front of us, we take an inventory of all the ways they are different to us. The problem is that we actually don’t see the person, only the differences of skin colour, facial features, gender, dress, hair styles and so on. And pretty soon we have arrived at a judgement which almost never changes. We so often identify others by how they are different to us instead of all the ways in which they are the same as us. Read more.

Saturday, 15 August 2020 01:00

A kingdom for all

20OTAWeb150Today’s Gospel marks a turning point in the ministry of Jesus. He sees himself as sent ‘only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel’. That is, to those who were deemed sinners because they could not keep the Law of Moses, and were considered beyond the care and concern of God by religious authorities. Read more & download Lectio Divina for this Sunday.

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