The Door of Mercy is now open. The Tower Door nominated by Bishop Jarrett as the Door of Mercy was opened on Sunday 21 February. Pass through the door at any Mass at the Cathedral and experience the Mercy of the Heavenly Father.
This week we start our annual penitential season of Lent with Ash Wednesday. The practice of fasting from food and abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday echoes the theme of self-discipline found in the liturgical prayers of Lent. Self-control can seem to be downplayed in the modern day. Yet there are contemporary examples that remind us that nothing worthwhile is attained without effort and sacrifice. We see this most clearly with our elite athletes. Every single sports champion regardless of natural talent has had to exercise self-discipline to attain excellence. Lent does not teach us that Heaven is gained by natural human effort and striving. But it does remind us that cooperation with God’s grace involves effort and sacrifice. Fr Nicolas Maurice