The prayers of the Church rise up on this day especially for those fallen in armed conflict for our country. On ANZAC Day we remember those to made the supreme sacrifice: those who gave up their lives for the nation. May ANZAC Day be a moment to pause in gratitude for the sacrifices of our fallen. Lest we forget.
In this year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis we marvel afresh at the Divine Mercy the Heavenly Father has granted in sending His beloved Son for us.
Pope Francis on Mercy:
Mercy is the first attribute of God. The name of God is mercy…There are no situations we cannot get out of, we are not condemned to sink into quicksand, in which the more we move the deeper we sink…Jesus is there, his hand extended, ready to reach out to us and pull us out of the mud, out of sin, out of the abyss of evil into which we have fallen.
At Easter the disciples of Christ celebrate His resurrection from the dead on the third day. This belief is at the heart of Christian hope.
But there have been various theories advanced by various authors about what happened to Jesus. These theories can be categorized under 5 basic headings:
(1) the resurrection really happened,
(2) Jesus only swooned and was resuscitated, not resurrected,
(3) the apostles were deceivers who conspired to foist on the world the most famous and successful lie in history,
(4) the apostles were deceived by a hallucination, or
(5) the apostles created a myth, not meaning it literally.
Peter Kreeft explores the strengths and weaknesses of these 5 theories in the following clip:
In Rome yesterday Pope Francis began 24 Hours for the Lord in St Peter’s Basilica when the Sacrament of Reconciliation was available through the night. This initiative was mirrored at St Carthage’s Cathedral with our own 24 Hours for the Lord. Many thanks to our adoration volunteers who kept vigil before the Master present in the Holy Eucharist and prayed for our parish and for Lismore.
Pope Francis has inaugurated the Year of Mercy on 8 December 2015. This offers the Church an opportunity to revisit the boundless mercy of the Heavenly Father who extends mercy to all those with open hearts. This mercy of the Heavenly Father has been made visible in the coming of Christ in human flesh. May this year be a time of reflection and renewal of heart as we ponder Jesus Christ, the face of the Father’s mercy.
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