They say that ‘the family that prays together, stays together’. In our Gospel today, Jesus returned to his home town and is immediately identified by His extended family and His presence in the synagogue for prayers (Mk 6:1-6). Spouses, families, every Christian, must have times of words and of quiet together, and times of words and of hush with God. If we seek to silence each other, or sulk and so silence ourselves, we kill the relationship; if we push God to the peripheries of our lives or society, or fail to keep up the conversation that is prayer, we can kill that relationship too. But if talking matters, so does listening. Before Mass, after Holy Communion, immediately after Mass, and at other times too in our lives, we must recover quiet moments of recollection and gratitude.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP
Principles of Beauty
We are a community that expresses and experiences Beauty. Beauty leads to Truth. It has the power to draw people in and transform them. Beauty gracefully invites one into the transcendent. Music, art, awe, worship and sacraments are celebrated with dignity and reverence in our community, which welcomes and celebrates our diversity.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works.” Ephesians (2:10)
Beauty is seen in our community in our creativity, prayer, devotion and dedication to our faith. Actions such as a simple smile or the singing of a hymn spread joy and Beauty to those around us.
The Beauty of our faith is captured through sacred rituals, liturgy, Sacraments and sacred images. These expressions of our faith represent our beautiful relationship with God.
Our faith is found in the Beauty of life and nature. We are called to be stewards of our common home. As God’s creation, the life-giving and healing forces of our natural world remind us to exercise stewardship with the nature all around us.
A diverse and colourful atmosphere is seen as beautiful by our community. It may be vibrant or peaceful, or a combination of both. Though it cannot be seen or touched, a positive community feeling supports and nourishes those around us.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT BEAUTY?
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP DD in a moment of prayer after the Mass of commemoration…
Children from St Joseph's Parish, Rosebery, faithfully brought alive the Christmas story at 5.00pm Mass…