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In the Ceremonial of Bishops we are told that Advent has a twofold character. It is a season to prepare for Christmas when we remember Christ’s first coming and it is also a time when by this remembering, we direct our minds and hearts to await Christ’s second coming at the end of time –…

Door of Mercy at St Stephen’s Cathedral Pope Francis has proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, “as a special time for the Church, a time when witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective:” This Jubilee of Mercy will run from 8th December 2015 until 20th November 2016. As Pope Francis announced in April…

In the Collect for this weekend, we hear the words, “Grant us O Lord, the constant gladness of being devoted to you, for it is full and lasting happiness to serve you with constancy.” From these words, we will move directly to the first reading, describing the Archangel, Michael, who guards God’s people with ongoing…

In Preface 1 for the Dead, a line reads, “Life is changed not ended.” Such a statement attests to our belief that the dead have gone on a journey which we are not a part of but a journey, nevertheless, which will have us all landing at the same destination at different times and in…

Clean Hands, Dirty Thoughts? Dirt is matter out of place. A farmer does not call the fertile soil that nurtures her soybean crop “dirt.” But that same soil tracked by kids across the kitchen linoleum is definitely dirt, decidedly matter out of place. That simple fact reminds us that human preoccupation with purity and cleanliness…

Today’s first reading from Joshua reminds us of the Old Testament framework that has provided the background for the meditation in John’s gospel on the Eucharistic mystery. Joshua assembles ‘all the tribes of Israel’. Their long journey to the Promised Land has united them; but as they now begin life in their new land they…

There is a glaring similarity between the words of prophet Isaiah in the 1st reading (Isaiah 35: 4-7) and the deeds of Jesus in the gospel according Mark 7: 31-37. In the 1st reading, the words of Isaiah echoes a wonderful vision of a God who looks out for those who are frightened and the…

“You are the Messiah” Peter told Jesus in this Sunday’s Gospel according to Mark 8: 27-35.         But Peter was never expecting that the Messiah would have to suffer and die. In this Gospel, we reach a pivotal moment in our walk with the Lord after weeks of listening to His words and witnessing His…

TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BRISBANE We have all been deeply moved by the stories and images of the many thousands of people fleeing the violence of the Middle East and seeking refuge in Europe and elsewhere. In one sense, this is not new, but it has now reached alarming proportions;…

SOCIAL JUSTICE STATEMENT All human beings are precious. Each of us possesses an inestimable value that we refer to as our human dignity. We are sacred and deserve respect because we are human and loved by God, not because we are useful, law-abiding, belong to a particular race and religion, or contribute economically. We can…

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