In every circumstance, and in every stage of life, God is calling us to come closer, inviting us to be caught up in the great adventure of life in the Spirit. This week, we explore some of the many ways that this call is being heard and lived out in the lives of God’s people.
On Friday 15 July, a beautiful liturgy was celebrated at St Patrick‘s Cathedral in which three men were ordained to the priesthood. In his homily, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli said that priests, as shepherds, need to learn how to live after the heart of the Good Shepherd himself.
Couples also had the opportunity to renew their marriage vows at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday 17 July. There were more than 40 couples in attendance, celebrating their 25th, 50th or even 60th anniversary of marriage. Reflecting on this beautiful event, some couples shared how touching it was to be able to renew these sacred vows.
And this Sunday 24 July, we celebrate the second annual World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, instituted by Pope Francis last year. In his message this year, Pope Francis reflects on the need to see ageing not as a condemnation but as a blessing. He invited grandparents and the elderly to become ‘artisans of the revolution of tenderness’ in our world.
We also hear the inspiring story of Roseanne Rofaeel, the founder of Christmas on the Streets, a non-profit organisation dedicated to serving the homeless of Melbourne. Having fled from Iraq as a child with her family, she remains inspired by the witness of Mother Teresa to serve Christ in the poor and forgotten.
Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB has officially begun his role as President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. In a recent interview, he expressed gratitude at the trust the bishops had placed in him, and reflected on the challenges facing the Church today and the legacy of the Plenary Council.
Finally, this week, on Friday 22 July, we celebrate the feast day of St Mary Magdalene. Fr Andy Hamilton SJ reflects on how this woman, inspiring so much great art and literature, offers us a vision of ‘a friendship that is also discipleship’.