There is no question but that this has been a difficult year for the Australian Catholic Church. Debates around the seal of the confessional and religious freedom, the ongoing troubles concerning Cardinal Pell, the decriminalising of abortion in New South Wales: each of these has hit us with a blow that has left us reeling, and from which we are yet to come back.
Advent begins on Sunday 1st December, which is convenient for remembering.
But what should we be remembering for a fruitful commemoration of Advent? What is Advent for? Here are five things to remember about Advent.
By naming his top-of-the-chart album Jesus is King, patron saint of the present moment, Kanye West, was making a personal statement about authority.
In Kanye’s life, there is one ruler, Jesus.
In Solidarity with the Holy Souls
When I was 10 years old, my family befriended a retired gentleman. An early retiree, he volunteered virtually full time at his parish where my mum was housekeeper.
Salt of the earth, he wore a jacket and tie every day, and one of those hats you see civilian men wearing in World War II-era photos.
“A church that understands itself as possessing the fullness of the means of grace must yearn for the fullness of the manifestation of that grace.”
I found this to be a rather challenging statement by Sherry Weddell in her book Forming Intentional Disciples. It is challenging because many of our parishes seem to have accepted a lack of manifestation of that grace, rather than its fullness, as the normal way of being.
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The Narrow Gate: Charbel Raish’s Parousia and Harvest Journeys Pilgrimage Experience Part 3 – Lourdes
My pilgrimage with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Harvest Journeys to Portugal, Spain and France. Portugal was the first part of the pilgrimage and this week I share with you the second part of my pilgrimage adventures, Spain.
Last month I was privileged enough to be on a two week pilgrimage with Deacon Harold Burke – Sivers and Harvest Journeys to Portugal, Spain and France. This was the first pilgrimage not just for me but also for Parousia as we have launched the first of hopefully many pilgrimages in conjunction with harvest journeys.