In anticipation of the Incarnation Today we rush to celebrate Christmas! As early as October you often start to see the first Christmas trees and tinsel appears in the shops. Advent, the period of reflection and anticipation seemly disappears as Christmas carols are sung and parties held. ..
The Countess Elizabeth Wolff-Metternich A descendent of St Elizabeth of Hungary in Ballarat Vic. The following article is from “The Age” Newspaper in Melbourne: Secluded within the convent grounds at Mary’s Mount, in Ballarat Victoria is a beautiful little chapel which has been a ..
THE MERCY OF GOD AND “LAUDATO SI” IN POPE FRANCIS AND ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI (Part 4) - Monthly Spiritual Message October 2020
Pope Francis reminds us time and time again that SIN does MATTER. Mercy assumes sin. Francis of Assisi was a man of mercy. In the opening lines of his Testament he wrote: “When I was in sin, the Lord gave me brothers!” St. Bonaventure a Theologian and one of his biographers wrote: “In ..
THE MERCY OF GOD AND “LAUDATO SI” IN POPE FRANCIS AND ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI (Part 3) - Monthly Spiritual Message September 2020
We are also God’s gift to one another. When we fail to acknowledge as part of our reality the worth of the poor person. A human embryo, a person with disabilities, it is difficult to hear the cry of nature itself. This quality of life affects everyone on the planet. The Pope calls ..
THE MERCY OF GOD AND “LAUDATO SI” IN POPE FRANCIS AND ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI (Part 2) - Monthly Spiritual Message August 2020
We sin when we presume to take God’s place and forget that we too are creatures. It is a rupture in those relationships. So rather than thinking that the Biblical right of “dominion” over the earth is that as the higher being over God’s creatures justifies doing whatever we want with them and ea ..
THE MERCY OF GOD AND “LAUDATO SI” IN POPE FRANCIS AND ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI (Part I) - Monthly Spiritual Message July 2020
The Earth was created to support life and give praise to God, but it is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it. These are strong words to begin our reflection, but it is the reason that Pope Francis wrote his Encyclical Letter “Laudato Si” - On the care of our common ..
This year became for us the year of “Spiritual Communion” because the Lockdown closed all the churches just before Easter. The laity could not “celebrate Mass” (applewebdata://118FD285-1068-4C2E-AABF-B5206AA36FFE#_ftn1) or receive Holy Communion! Usually, we go to Mass to hear the Word of God ..
In Israelite usage, the term “Judean and Greek” form a division of the house of Israel. Other similar terms favoured in the New Testament are “Hebrew and Hellenist”. “Hebrew” referred to fervent observers of Israelite traditions, with great respect for Israel’s ancestral patriarchs. “He ..
When we read the word “Jew” in the Old or the New Testament, we naturally identify the person as being like a present-day Jew. For example, in the Book of Esther, Mordecai, is described as a Jew living at Susa (Esther 11:2 1a; 2:5). In John’s Gospel 11:45, many of the Jews believed in Jesus. The ..
A Seraphic Angel appears in the form of the Crucified Christ and gives St Francis the stigmata - Monthly Spiritual Message March 2020
Two years before his death in 1226, St Francis went to the beautiful mountain of La Verna, and there he lived on the mountain with a few of the brothers spending his time in prayer. As he entered deeper into prayer and became lost in the love of God, to the things of this world, he wa ..
There are certain basic elements or components of growth that have to work in harmony if there is to be development. Many of these elements are pairs of opposites that are all in themselves positive. Here is a sample of four pairs of positive opposites: formal - informal permanent - ..
“Francis Teach us to Understand.” From the moment of his mystical experience of the crucified Christ (applewebdata://7A16203C-C9C2-4ADD-84AA-A0927CC2C257#_ftn1)until his stigmata on La Verna and even to his transitus from this world, Saint Francis’ inner vision and personal relationsh ..
- Towards Christmas - Monthly Spiritual Message December 2020
- The Countess Elizabeth Wolff-Metternich - Monthly Spiritual Message November 2020
- THE MERCY OF GOD AND “LAUDATO SI” IN POPE FRANCIS AND ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI (Part 4) - Monthly Spiritual Message October 2020
- THE MERCY OF GOD AND “LAUDATO SI” IN POPE FRANCIS AND ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI (Part 3) - Monthly Spiritual Message September 2020
- Talks from the 2020 NSW & ACT Virtual Retreat