Wed. 2nd September 2015. 7.30 – 9pm at the PADDINGTON RSL CLUB 220-232 Oxford St, Paddingto. Topic: “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” With Vashti Hughes, Tru Nguyen msc, & Mohamed Taha. Moderator: Susan Eichorn. Donation entry. More info: Marea 0414 873 910.
I took this passage “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68) as my ordination motto. This was the experience of Peter that was very much similar to my experience in following Jesus through religious life. Like Peter I put the similar question to God: “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” (Matt 19:27). My vocation was mixed up with all kinds of human calculations especially in times when I imagined all the consequences of living the vows as a religious. However there was a thing that I was really certain of was that I felt being called to this way of life. That’s why I had no other answer to this call but “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life”. My experience was quite different to my best friend who was in dilemma of choosing between his religious vocation and football. He finally chose to become a footballer and left religious life because religious life hindered him from being a professional footballer. One of my students also left the seminary complaining about not being allowed to watch a TV program any time he wanted.
Every call has consequences which require commitment and continuous discernment. Challenges are not necessary a way of taking people away from their real vocation, instead it is a way of purifying ones’ motive in the call. And sometimes even when we have gone through a thorough discernment, things are still unclear to us. Jesus challenged people and they walked away because of their immature motive in following him or there was lack of faith. Faith helps us to understand what beyond visible things. Faith is a gift given to those who listen to his voice and put their trust in him. These are people who seek God’s will by seriously making discernment. Through faith they would understand. St Augustine of Hippo (354-430) said: “I believe in order to understand, and I understand the better to believe”.
The word of God is like our life is a mystery. We never fully understand it. I have written before about a friend who would like to run away from God for losing his beloved daughter who suffered cancer. The man was very much involved in the parish activities and yet his daughter was taken away while she was only eleven. He questioned God like Peter: “I have done everything for you God. Is this (losing the daughter) your answer to what I have offered?” This question was put to his parish priest. The parish priest just said: “that’s life”. The man was really angry with this kind of answer. He came to understand later that like life a mystery so as God’s plan. The important thing for us is to put ourselves totally into our life as well as put ourselves totally into God’s plan and we will understand and be able to say by heart: “You have the words of eternal life”.
Thursday Aug 27th, 7:30pm. If you have something you’d like to address or are interested in being part of the Evangelisation team, please contact Francine Pirola 0433 451 433 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear fellow Parishioners,
We would like to thank you for all of your generosity, support and prayers towards the works of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Kensington and further afield. This year’s winter appeal was a run-away success, raising $ 6,793.60. This money will be put to use right where it is needed, feeding and clothing the hungry, preventing the eviction of families from their homes, getting homeless people off the streets and generally supporting those most vulnerable in our community. Your on-going support, in whatever form it takes, makes a real difference in people’s lives and we thank you for it.
The SVDP team, Kensington.
“From the beginning the Church has been a mother with a heart open to the whole world, and has been without borders” Pope Francis 2015.
On 30 August at the 9.30 am Mass we are celebrating the 101st World Day of Migrants and Refugees. We are planning to have many of our OLR parishioners from different cultural backgrounds involved in the liturgy. Please feel free to wear your national dress to the mass and bring a small plate of food to share for morning tea after Mass. We hope to have a great crowd at this Mass to celebrate the rich diversity, friendship and solidarity of our OLR community.