The rebuild will take grace and courage. Victims and survivors have deep wounds — wounds that perhaps only our Divine Physician can heal. The fallout has been immense for our community — which of course includes you and me. We know it. We feel it. They accompanied me on my faith and vocational journey with grace, ease and joy. You, no doubt, have your stories. But these no longer form the mainstream narrative.
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Think utopian socialism. Think alienation, not participation — to use the philosophical language of John Paul II. It is an idyllic and dangerous fantasy. Clergy become the centre of ecclesial life, promoted at times by a transactional liturgy bereft of participation, and governance lacking transparency. Archbishop Francis Carroll used to say that the Second Vatican Council was not about re-orientating the Church away from a priest-run church to a lay-run church, but about focusing on the sacrament of baptism, rather than the sacrament of orders.
Whether pope or priest, bishop or butcher, man or woman, liturgist or lawyer, adult or adolescent, married or celibate, sensible or silly, each one is called to die with Christ and to rise with him. There are varieties of gifts , but the same spirit; there are varieties of service , but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities , but the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good 1Cor. God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administering, and various kinds of tongues 1Cor.
For as I see it, God has exhibited us apostles as the last of all, like people sentenced to death, since we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and human beings alike 1 Cor. So we have here a gentle reminder. In Luke 9 we have the commission and mission of the twelve. In Luke 10 we have the commission and mission of the seventy-two. The intent is clear and the symbolism evocative.
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Note, too, the gender mix. Luke places side-by-side two parables in chapter Luke, along with Paul, gives insight into Christ and the community he bequeaths, desires and nourishes. In other words, Love, Truth and Beauty.
We are talking here about the foundational human experiences of, Love, Truth, and Beauty. Sensitivity to human experience has been a hallmark of the 20 th Century. The influence of science with its inductive method is a contributor, no doubt. Creative forms of philosophy, complementing more traditional forms of thinking, are certainly leaving their mark.
This will have significant impact on the renewal of marriage, family and society in the coming years. We certainly will end with God. Baptism is the gateway to life in the Spirit CCC Reflect and bow down before this mystery, that, as the Father loves the Son, so does the Son love you … What mystery in the whole circle of revealed truths is greater than this? God is communion of love and with this love does Jesus love you and me. God is in love with us.
He is relentless in his search for us. Science speaks of nature , but we speak of creation — a creation full of the Creator himself.
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Now is not the time to retreat in fear or shame. Now is not the time to lose our mojo. Now is not the time for the foetal position. Now is the time to receive and stand in the truth 1Cor. Silence is the prelude to stillness of body, soul and spirit.
If we dare, we shall share. A few moments given to God and we will come to know the love and mutuality of God, and importantly, we shall come to know ourselves. When this spiritual dynamic gathers momentum the truth of the teaching of St.
Gregory the Great comes to the fore. Communities are transformed by mutuality and love. Unity, not uniformity, is the deeply desired outcome. The second pillar is good teaching and preaching. Remember your best teacher. Recall you favourite preacher. They communicated truth and goodness — and with relative ease. In communicating faith the task is both faithfulness and fruitfulness.
To drift from our Creed , Code and Cult would be unfortunate — to say the least. But then again, to stick with older forms of thought and expression would render us irrelevant. A school principal once said to me that the two qualities of great teachers are knowledge of the subject, and passion for the subject. James Kerr — Legacy: What the All Blacks Can Teach Us — notes that if we want culture, we need character , and if we desire character we require the best of teachers. Our culture and environment requires a more dialogical and patient approach.
In previous generations, where authority was not questioned, truth was delivered and consumed without much indigestion. Not now. Our post-modern society demands new sensitivities that respect personal preferences and communal ambiguities. Actually, we have, at our finger tips, the desired approach. From our tradition — the Book of Deuteronomy — comes this splendid vision of truth and its reception:. Like gentle rain upon the tender grass and like showers upon the herb Deut We might see it as part of a genuine human ecology — much more holistic.
A lively interest in the formation, training and pedagogy of our schools, youth ministry, universities, seminaries and local Churches is very much part of our calling. We can and must get involved. Our young people — and our not so young people! They just need to know that we love them and trust them. Music is the most divine of the arts, since it is the most ethereal. Hildegard of Bingen was a German Benedictine abbess, preacher to popes, bishops, priests and laity, theologian, musician, mystic it seems, and certainly botanist.
Music is beauty. The power of music to attract the human heart and direct it towards the divine cannot be underestimated. This is especially so with young people. We sing for pleasure. We learn for our benefit. There are one hundred and fifty psalms and they are meant to be sung:.
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A psalm is the voice of assent, the joy of freedom, a cry of happiness, the echo of gladness. It soothes the temper, distracts from care, lightens the burden of sorrow. It is a source of security at night, a lesson in wisdom by day. It is a shield when we are afraid, a celebration of holiness, a vision of serenity, a promise of peace and harmony.
Ambrose is making a point. The psalms give us a language so that we can speak with God.
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They give us permission to express our true feelings before God. In other words, the psalms grant us liberty to be human. We are encouraged not to pretend. When nature is powerful, she is destructive. But when God is powerful, he is profoundly gentle. The census revealed that just less than seventy percent of Australians now believe in God.
Think communications. It seems as if new born babies come out of the womb with smart phones in their tiny hands. Consider sexuality. Who would have thought that the average age for viewing pornography would now be ten years of age and dropping? Observe longevity. Born in you live till you are Remember the Sabbath. Everyone brought their own food. We know now that this was a metaphor for evil at best.