Baptise them in the name of the Trinity

The feast of the Holy Trinity brings us face to face with the foundation of our faith. The readings for today provide answers to the question: Who is God? They can really only suggest something about the mystery of God, and they can do this only indirectly. They call to mind some of the wonders that God has accomplished for us and in us. It is through reflection on these gracious divine acts that we can get glimpses of God.

Beginning a Year of Grace - ”Starting afresh from Christ”

Pentecost 2012 - Pentecost 2013

Australia’s Catholic bishops have summoned us all to a Year of Grace and have challenged us through prayer, Scripture and liturgy to “Contemplate the Face of Christ” and to “Start afresh from Christ”. The Year of Grace commences Pentecost 27 May 2012 and goes through to Pentecost 19 May 2013.

Pope Benedict XVI has also proclaimed a Year of Faith for the whole Church to begin on 11 October 2012, the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council.

With grace leading to faith, and faith responding to grace the Year of Faith and our Year of Grace will complement each other.

Christ as man ascended

‘St Thomas Aquinas asserts that it was Christ as man that ascended into Heaven. As God, there was nowhere to which he can or need ascend. It is his whole humanity, body and soul, that are glorified at the Ascension. His crucified and risen body shines with greater glory than any other body. It ranks highest in dignity. Here he takes his place, not only above all bodies, but above all spiritual creatures also:

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mums

Prayer for Mothers

Loving God, we pray for all mothers especially:
new mothers, coming to terms with new responsibility ;
expectant mothers, wondering and waiting;
for those who are tired, stressed or depressed;
those who struggle to balance the tasks of work and family;
those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty;

God seeks to win our hearts

‘In the love-story recounted by the Bible, God comes towards us, he seeks to win our hearts, all the way to the Last Supper, to the piercing of his heart on the Cross, to his appearances after the Resurrection and to the great deeds by which, through the activity of the Apostles, he guided the nascent Church along its path. He has loved us first and he continues to do so; we too, then, can respond with love. God does not demand of us a feeling which we ourselves are incapable of producing. He loves us, he makes us see and experience his love, and since he has “loved us first”, love can also blossom as a response within us.


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