We all need help—help to overcome the challenges we might face in life, help to make sense of the world, help to find our true purpose. Accepting our need for help and being willing to receive it are signs of true wisdom and humility. But where do we look for the help we need?
Yesterday was the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, and this Saturday Catholics around the country are invited to join in a Nationwide Rosary, an initiative that was launched last year by two women who are passionate about promoting the power of the Rosary. One of them, Yvette Kaminski, talks with us about the crucial help that praying the Rosary can provide.
This week is also National Palliative Care Week. VMCH share with us the moving story of Liz and Ian Tantau, and of Ian’s last weeks at O'Neill House, where the sensitive and specialised palliative care he received was as much about helping him to live his ‘best life possible’ as it was about helping him to die well.
This year the partnership parishes of Northcote and Thornbury, in Melbourne’s inner north, mark 100 years since the foundation of St Mary’s Thornbury. As well as bringing parishioners together in a spirit of joy and thanksgiving, a year-long series of celebrations has been providing opportunities to reach out to the broader community with the joy of the Gospel.
As we approach the feast of Pentecost this Sunday, may we be helped and guided by the Holy Spirit, who kindles the fire of God’s love in us and renews the face of the earth.