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Randwick Amnesty is holding a screen fundraiser of He Named Me Malala on Monday 29 February from 7-9pm at Randwick Ritz. Funds raised will go to Amnesty International Australia. This movie is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund. Tickets are $20 and if you are interested please book online via Eventbrite.
Married couples (Catholic or otherwise) who are hoping for children, struggling to conceive, or who wish to better understand what the Church offers and promotes in regard to fertility awareness and assistance are invited to an afternoon of information and discussion. It is also an important opportunity for fellowship with other couples facing similar difficulties.
WHERE: Dooleys Waterview Club, Silverwater Rd, Silverwater.
WHEN: Saturday 12 March 2016, 2:00pm-4:30pm.
Please direct RSVPs and inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (02) 9307 8403.
Jesus Christ is the face of Mercy, as Pope Francis writes in Misericordiae Vultus. “Encounter the Face of Mercy”, this Lent, through a guided silent retreat given by the Verbum Dei Missionaries: Saturday, March 12 (9am) – Sunday, March 13 (2pm finish). For more information contact Kylie 0403 453 620 or verbumdeis email@example.com.
Next week on The Journey we hear a Gospel reflection for the 3rd Week of Lent from Fr Ken Barker; Sr Hilda Scott OSB Wisdom from the Abbey challenges us to “Shine where you are.” We get some great parenting advice from Marilyn Rodrigues The Peaceful Parent who reminds us parenting is a lifelong deal and Fr Dave Callaghan The Call asks the question; do we only call on him when we need him? Go to www.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email.
Pope Francis has declared this the year of Mercy and one of the focuses of the year of Mercy is the Sacrament of Reconciliation. During the coming weeks we will share reflections from Fr Andrew Hamilton sj on the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
No one is perfect and God doesn’t expect us to be. But can we learn from our mistakes if we don’t acknowledge them? The sacrament of reconciliation invites us into a deeper relationship with our merciful God.
Sin and Forgiveness in everyday life
Imagine that your mother has been saving money for the family holiday and putting it away in a kitchen drawer. Now some of your friends have bought the best tickets to a visiting rock star’s concert. You’re desperate to go with them, but the tickets cost megabucks. So you raid your mother’s savings.
When she finds the money missing she is upset because she knows that one of the family must have taken it, and because the family holiday will have to be cancelled. You are upset with yourself, too, and wish you hadn’t stolen the money. You would like to put things right.
You know you need to begin by telling your mother that it was you who stole the money, and that you are sorry. Keeping your regret to yourself isn’t enough. While you’re gathering the courage to tell her, you are scared she will reject you. But she embraces you, says she could tell that you were the thief. You are amazed that she had forgiven you even before you decided to tell her. She even feels for you in your shame and regret.
That meeting helps you deal with your betrayal of your mother. But your theft has consequences for other people that your sorrow and apology to your mother do not take away. The other members of your family have lost a holiday that they looked forward to, and perhaps they came to suspect one another of the theft. What you did has injured your family in many ways. So you need to put things right with them, too. That will mean telling them what you have done, and perhaps promising to work to pay back what you have stolen.
But even after doing all that, you often feel guilty and ashamed. You wonder if people really can forgive and love you. You need to be reassured that you are still worthwhile.
Fr Andrew Hamilton sj
Next week: Being sorry is not enough