Some of the best stories are ones that continually have something to offer, especially when we come to see them with fresh eyes. And what could be more captivating than the story of Christmas where, as the second-century author Tertullian once wrote: our God became small that we might become great.
This week we hear from Mary Burke FMM, a Melbourne iconographer who sees her art as a way of entering into a deeper relationship with God. ‘When it comes to the Gospels we often think, “Oh, we’ve heard this story before. But no, we haven’t. ... It’s important for us to keep ourselves open to that freshness. It’s so critical, otherwise, our tradition just dies, and we lose something too precious. And that’s the gift of iconography. It continues to draw us into the story, and to provoke a response.’
Another story that continues to unfold is the life and legacy of Melbourne's first bishop (later archbishop) James Alipius Goold. The recently published book, The Architecture of Devotion: James Goold and His Legacies in Colonial Melbourne, illustrates how Goold ultimately shaped the social and cultural fabric of Melbourne and Victoria. One of the book's editors, Melbourne's own Rev Dr Max Vodola, spoke with Melbourne Catholic and shared why Goold remains a fascinating and significant figure in the life and faith of our city.
Finally, on Monday 20 December, everyone is invited to watch the Christmas Carols Special, Jesus is Christmas, broadcast on Community TV Channel C31 (Channel 44 on digital TV). Presented by the Archdiocese of Melbourne in partnership with Mercy Health and VMCH, the one-hour special is a chance to enjoy carols sung by some of Australia's most talented musicians. 🙏🎼