Sometimes life moves too fast. One of the keys to human flourishing is knowing when (and how) to slow down. When the pace of the world becomes too much, and we are racing to keep up, we might skip over the important moments, even the important words. Seeking ways and times to live in ‘slow-motion’ is perhaps one way we can follow Jesus more authentically in the modern age.
This week we have the pleasure of hearing from Martin Kochanski, the creator of Universalis, one of the most world’s most widely used apps for praying the Liturgy of the Hours. In his latest book, The Creed in Slow Motion, he brings this idea of slowing down to one of the most important statements of faith. He kindly joined Melbourne Catholic to discuss the book and its relevance for our cultural moment.
Time and care are also important ingredients in the celebration of meaningful and beautiful liturgies, and we hear from Professor Clare Johnson on Pope Francis’ recent apostolic letter on the liturgy, Desiderio Desideravi, and how we might all—clergy and laity alike—benefit from its bold vision for liturgical formation.
We also hear about the commitment of Melbourne couple John and Barbara Ralph to ‘giving back’, and the many ways they have contributed to the life of our Church and our city over the years. To honour their work and generosity, a striking portrait of the couple by artist Tsering Hannaford was recently unveiled at ACU.
On Wednesday, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli officially opened and blessed the JPII House of Communion, Formation and Mission, marking the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the Discipleship on Campus program at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University.