No matter what vocation we’ve been called to, or what profession we find ourselves in, we can all faithfully offer the daily work of our lives to God. Even the smallest, most seemingly insignificant act can be a gesture of hope and trust, a way to open ourselves more intentionally to God’s love.
Last week, 250 people gathered at the latest Melbourne Catholic Professionals luncheon to hear Dr Edward Simons reflect on how Catholic schools can act as beacons of light, not just for school students and their families, but for a world that needs more than ever to be transformed by faith, hope and love.
Also this week, Fr Gerard Dowling celebrates 50 years on air, hosting a radio show that has reminded generations of listeners of God’s love for them; as we get ready for the upcoming launch of the 2023 Season of Creation, we point to a number of helpful resources for individuals and parishes; our own St Patrick’s Cathedral gears up for a weekend of glorious music reflecting the breadth and variety of our musical traditions; and we hear about the recent visit to Melbourne of the Prelate of Opus Dei, Msgr Fernando Ocáriz, and his encouragement to every person, in every walk of life, to truly believe they are loved.
Finally, as Australia continues to come to terms with the Matildas’ heartbreaking loss in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Dr Stephen Reid from the National Centre for Pastoral Research joins us to talk sport and faith, as we ask: What can we learn from sport? And why, in a country where religious affiliation is on the decline, are requests by sporting clubs for chaplains on the rise?
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