With 120 days to go, Registrations for PROCLAIM 2016, a conference on the New Evangelisation, have now opened with great Early Bird rates available.
The expansion of Arrupe Place in Western Sydney demonstrates the collaboration between the Mercy Sisters of Parramatta, Sisters of Charity and Good Sams who bring their own traditions of wisdom and service to the work of Jesuit Refugee Service, as the ministry continues to draw not only on other religious congregations but different sectors of the Catholic community.
Catholic Religious Australia members will gather in Leura on their annual National Assembly to reflect on the message of Laudato Si’ and the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the light of the Gospel, as well as consider religious life and how it is experienced at this time in Australia.
Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him. The Father, “rich in mercy” (Eph 2:4), after having revealed his name to Moses as “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ex 34:6), has never ceased to show, in various ways throughout history, his divine nature. In the “fullness of time” (Gal 4:4), when everything had been arranged according to his plan of salvation, he sent his only Son into the world, born of the Virgin Mary, to reveal his love for us in a definitive way. Whoever sees Jesus sees the Father (cf. Jn 14:9). Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions, and his entire person reveals the mercy of God.
An app that supports action and contemplation of the movement of Mercy in daily life has clocked up 2,000 downloads. It is now being used across the globe for both personal and group reflection including in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and Ireland.
Recently I watched sections of the Royal Commission’s questioning of Cardinal Pell from Rome. It was a painful event no matter whose point of view you tried to take. But I thought those four days made a couple of powerful points about Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy.
Recently I read an article about young people discussing why Pope Francis called this year a ‘Year of Mercy’. Why Mercy? Couldn’t he call it the year of Compassion or the year of Kindness to others? Sister Elizabeth Gilroy lcm reflects on these questions.
Cyclone Winston that hit the Fiji Islands on 20 February was one of the deadliest and most destructive cyclones in the country’s history. John Pickering recounts how the cyclone wreaked its terrifying damage and calls on Australians for urgent help in its aftermath.
Thinking Faith, the online journal of the Jesuits in Britain, offers a series of reflections over Lent on the Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy in the context of Laudato Si’.
The crisis of abuse by church personnel reminds us that we are not just a Church of mercy but a church in desperate need of mercy. This can be a year in which we know ourselves as recipients of the great mercy of God, even while we try to be channels of that same mercy to others, writes CRA President Sister Berneice Loch rsm.