LEARNING FROM THOMAS

8th APRIL, 2018. We tend to think that believing was easier for those who saw Jesus than it is for us. This is a mistake. The Gospels show there are many people who saw Jesus and yet didn’t believe in him. Seeing is not necessarily believing. The act of faith involves a decision to believe. … [Read more…]

EASTER FAITH

April 1, 2018 In 1564 Michelangelo made the following remarks to his fellow painters: “ Why do you keep filling gallery after gallery with endless pictures of the one ever-reiterated theme of Christ in weakness, of Christ on the cross, Christ dying. Christ hanging dead? Why do you stop there as if the curtain closed upon that horror? … [Read more…]

KEEPING THE COMMANDMENTS

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT MARCH 4, 2018 Once there was a very sincere man who wished to live a holy life. So he went to the Rabbi for advice. The rabbi congratulated him on his desire, then asked, ‘How have you been faring so far?’ ‘Quiet well, I think,’ the man answered. When you say … [Read more…]

ASH WEDNESDAY

FEBRUARY 14, 2018 We welcome the Catholic Bishop’s of Australia’s invitation for the Catholic Community at the beginning of Lent – to enter into Days of fasting and reparation in sorrow for child sexual abuse. Please take to heart the importance of these days in preparing the Church to respond to the recommendations of the … [Read more…]

A LONELY PLACE

Jesus was constantly surrounded by needy people. This weekend’s Gospel is a good example. You will note that after preaching in the Synagogue where he also cured a sick person, he retired to Peters house for refreshments. But, he didn’t get much peace there either. Peter’s mother-in-law was sick – he attended to her. It … [Read more…]

SANTO NINO

SANTO NINO Sunday January 28, 2018 Welcome Bishop Pat and members of the Philippine communities. In Malolos City, Bulacan, 40 Km north of Manila, enormous crowds gather at the end of January each year for a grand feast to celebrate the Santo Nino, the Holy Child, one of the most widely revered holy figures in … [Read more…]

Christmas Message 2017

Where is God? At some stage of our life we are bound to ask that question. It might come after a particularly tough time in our life: a close member of the family or a friend suddenly dies, maybe a long-time job is unexpectedly lost. It might come in a joyous manner, such as seeing … [Read more…]

WITNESSES FOR THE LIGHT

17th December, 2017 John the Baptist had a central role to play in the coming of the Saviour. His role as today’s Gospel puts it, was to be ‘a witness to speak for the light’ – Jesus. John was a courageous witness, he was a strong personality and a man of principle. His lifestyle, as … [Read more…]