This week we share stories about the search for truth, beauty and goodness, and the call to share God’s love with others and with a hurting world.
Television reporter, radio broadcaster and preacher Jo Hayes is also a Third Order Benedictine oblate with a passion for lectio divina, and shares how daily immersion in the Word has changed her life. In the lead-up to the 2023 Benedict Conference, we speak with Fr Joseph Fessio SJ, a prominent Catholic publisher who studied under Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI). He shares his personal insights into the life, character and enduring legacy of his former mentor and teacher.
Also this week, the Hon Justice Susan Crennan AC KC reflects on her Catholic faith and education at the recent Melbourne Catholic Professionals luncheon. Archbishop Peter A Comensoli blesses a new school building at St Francis de Sales’ Lynbrook, and Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools (MACS) prepares to open seven new schools as more families choose a Catholic education. In world news, Pope Francis and Jerusalem’s Christian leaders desperately call for peace in the wake of militant attacks on Israel. As the Synod of Bishops continues, synodal spirituality is placed at the forefront of renewal. And in case you missed it, Pope Francis has released a new apostolic exhortation, Laudate Deum, a plea for urgent action on caring for our common home.
Finally, Archbishop Julian Porteous of Hobart spoke at ACU in Melbourne last week about his new book, Becoming Missionary Disciples, reminding those gathered that the desire to share the Gospel with others springs from ‘a heart that has experienced mercy, a heart that has experienced saving grace, a heart that has experienced the power of God in their lives’.
May the mercy, grace and power of God be present in our lives and abroad in our world this week.
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