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Reflecting on the work of the Holy Spirit as we celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost this Sunday, I asked about how the Holy Spirit allows violence like the several bomb attacks in Surabaya, Indonesia. “How can God be so cruel to allow parents to use their children to kill themselves and others brutally?” A similar question would be applied to myself, “Where was God today?” or “How was God moving in my life?” “Is God absent when bad things happen to me and to the world?”
Saint Ignatius the founder of the Jesuit Order has contributed to the church with what we call “Spiritual Exercises”. Discernment is an important part of his spiritual exercises. Discernment would help us to know the works of the good spirit which are different to the works of the bad spirit. And we know that the good spirit gives us consolation (different from happiness) and moves us closer to God. It may sting our conscience when we know we’re getting far away from God. The evil spirit, on the other hand, does the opposite.
Ignatius believed that good and evil are constantly battling to win our fidelity. And the evil would be willing to appear good in order to win us over. Jesus experienced this in the desert when the devil tempted him. Bill Barry, SJ once said: “[the evil spirit] brings good and holy thoughts attractive to such an upright soul and then strives little by little to get his own way, by enticing the soul over to his own hidden deceits and evil intentions.” (Bill Barry, SJ’s article on the evil spirit). I suppose that those terrorists who killed innocent people in the name of a certain religion are guided by the bad spirit to gain a false utopia of heaven.
The celebration of Pentecost today is a celebration of the good spirit winning over the bad spirit. It could be reflected on the fact that the disciples of Jesus became fearless, being filled with the Spirit to speak in different languages and having great zeal of mission. It marked also the beginning of the foundation of the church. Therefore, be open to the Holy Spirit and let the good spirit win. Don’t give any space to the bad spirit. We pray also that people all over the world may be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Written by Rev Khoi Doan Nguyen msc
A Quiet Place Within is a collection of short reflections and poems that anyone – young and old, religious or spiritual – can read, reflect upon and absorb even amid the humdrum and busyness of everyday life. The writings are the result of years of praying, reflecting and contemplating on the ordinary experiences of life as well as the social and political issues of the day. Most of all, they reflect the author’s awareness of the delicate and gentle presence of the Divine within one’s heart and soul.
The author acknowledges that a gift with words is a special grace in his life, a precious gift because he believes that such words – expressed as reflections or as poems represent bread for his journey and the fruits for a reflective life.
He asserts the centrality of serious, daily reflections because he believes that without reflection, life is no longer worth living. Yet he acknowledges that reflection is not done only through our own ability and effort; it is always a gifted grace in which one sees everything in the light of God and understands everything according to the Spirit.
This book is offered as a practical help for the reflective life of the reader, not only for Christians but for anyone who searches for meaning and purpose in their everyday life; and for those who genuinely want to discover fresh ways of affirming the presence of God in our world.
Books will be available for sale after each Mass this weekend – $20 per book.
Last year, Our Lady of the Rosary did its part for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea by hosting this event after the 9:30am Mass on 28 May 2017. We were able to raise $345.50. This year we’re hoping to get more people involved. It is expected that more than a million people across Australia will be having fun sipping their way through morning teas at work, school, home and in the community while helping raise funds for cancer research, prevention and support services for those affected by cancer.
This year, we at Our Lady of the Rosary of Kensington Parish Community will again show unity with the many members of this Parish whose lives have been affected by cancer. We are holding our morning tea on 10 June after the 9:30am Mass.
We hope that you will all be generous participants to this event by coming along, bringing your sweet morning treats and giving your donation in for a bigger and better outcome!
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Ana Corpuz on firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile number 0416 166 149.
OLR will be facilitating a candle decorating workshop for parents of students making their Confirmation. All materials will be supplied for a cost of $10. There are three workshops to choose from. Please contact Louise (email@example.com) to register or for more information.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
This programme is over two Saturdays for those who, with the support of their Parish Priest, are or will soon be assisting as EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS of HOLY COMMUNION in the Archdiocese of Sydney. It is also a pre-requisite course for those men who wish to attend the Acolytes training courses.
WHEN: Saturdays 7th and 14th July 2018 9:00am – 12noon Registration from 8:30am WHERE: Parish Centre, Ryde-Gladesville 2A Charles St, Ryde.
This course is primarily intended to prepare lay men to be instituted by the Archbishop into the ministry of Acolyte. Prior participation in the formation course for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion is normally also required. Others involved in ministry at the altar who are not becoming Acolytes may also attend.
WHEN: Saturdays 4th, 11th & 18th August 2018, (9:0am- 12:00pm) Registration from 8:30am WHERE: Parish Centre Ryde- Gladesville 2A Charles St, Ryde.
Registration Forms available at the Parish Office.
Next week on the Journey, Fr Graham Schmitzer reflects on the Gospel of Matthew, Bruce Downes, The Catholic Guy encourages us to Get Spiritually Fit, and Marilyn Rodrigues, The Peaceful Parent, reminds us of the importance of One-on-One Time. Our music is selected from various talented music artists who help us to create a show about faith, hope, love and life. Go to www.jcr.org.au or www.itunes.jcr.org.au where you can listen anytime and subscribe to weekly shows by email.
“You did not choose me but I chose you and I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” – John 15:16. The Chosen Conference is a national conference of young people and young adults between 18 – 30 years old, from 12th – 15th July 2018 at Mannix College Clayton, Melbourne. This conference is organised by Jesus Youth, an International Catholic Association with a focus on evangelising young people and nurturing their missionary initiatives. The Chosen conference is an initiative in the Year of Youth to help young people to encounter Jesus in a life-changing way.
The conference consists of youth rallies, up-lifting talks, workshops, Theatre, Eucharistic celebrations, Vocation & Mission Expo & Live music from Master Plan, the band performed last two WYD’s. If you are interested or want to register please visit www.chosenconference.org.au. For more information about the group registration please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 0491 002 081.