Natalie Pope writes, ‘There was one night late in my pregnancy, in particular, which I remember with great fondness. I was 36.6 weeks pregnant and my mum and Nonna came over and cooked me chicken soup (the Italian cure for all ills). I heartily ate the soup. It was made with such love.’
Greetings on this Ash Wednesday
We start this season of Lent with the war in the Ukraine and extensive flooding in Queensland and New South Wales and dour predictions of climate change. Added to daily life, navigating Covid at every turn, and it could appear that despair is all around us.
Yet, as Christians we can bring these events into Lent – one of the richest times of the Church year. It is a time to allow ourselves to be drawn more and more into the life of God and in so doing participating in the power of faith, hope and love to change the world.
To assist you in your Lenten journey we are pleased to provide a weekly reflection through Faith onLine and our Sunday reflections. We hope you find these short contemplations valuable during your passage to Easter.
Let’s pray for peace
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The Catholic Church welcomed a new saint into its midst when Pope Francis canonised Charles de Foucauld at St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday May 15. The canonisation marked the end of an extraordinary journey for the former soldier, Trappist monk, explorer, hermit and priest who wanted to imitate the life of Jesus Christ.
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John Smith, a Protestant, moved into a large Catholic neighbourhood. On the first Friday of Lent, John was outside grilling a big juicy steak on his barbecue. Meanwhile, his neighbours were eating cold tuna for supper. This continued each Friday during Lent.
On the last Friday of Lent the local families came together and decided that something had to be done about John, as he was tempting them to eat meat each Friday during Lent and they couldn’t take it anymore.
They decided to try and convert him to Catholicism. They were thrilled when he decided he would become a Catholic. They took him to church and the priest sprinkled some holy water over him and said, “You were born a Baptist, you were raised a Baptist and now you are a Catholic”. Now that their biggest Lent temptation was resolved, the local families were relieved.
Next year’s Lent soon rolled around. The first Friday of Lent came and at dinner time when the neighbourhood was settling down to their fish dinners there was a wafting smell of steak cooking on a barbecue. The families nearby could not believe their noses! What was going on? They called each other up and decided to meet over in John’s yard to see if he had forgotten it was Lent.
The group arrived just in time to see John standing over his grill with a small jug of water. He was pouring small droplets over his steak on the grill and saying, “You were born a cow, you were raised a cow, and now you are a fish.”
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