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Reflection on this Sunday's Mass Readings

Straighten the Path: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday of Advent

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  Isaiah 40:1–59–11    Psalm 85:9–14    2 Peter 3:8–14   Mark 1:1–8


Our God is coming. The time of exile— the long separation of humankind from God due to sin—is about to end. This is the good news proclaimed in today’s liturgy.

Isaiah in today’s First Reading promises Israel’s future release and return from captivity and exile. But as today’s Gospel shows, Israel’s historic deliverance was meant to herald an even greater saving act by God—the coming of Jesus to set Israel and all nations free from bondage to sin, to gather them up and carry them back to God.

God sent an angel before Israel to lead them in their exodus towards the promised land (see Exodus 23:20). And He promised to send a messenger of the covenant, Elijah, to purify the people and turn their hearts to the Father before the day of the Lord (see Malachi 3:123–24).

John the Baptist quotes these, as well as Isaiah’s prophecy, to show that all of Israel’s history looks forward to the revelation of Jesus. In Jesus, God has filled in the valley that divided sinful humanity from Himself. He has reached down from heaven and made His glory to dwell on earth, as we sing in today’s Psalm.

He has done all this not for humanity in the abstract but for each of us. The long history of salvation has led us to this Eucharist, in which our God again comes and our salvation is near. And each of us must hear in today’s readings a personal call. Here is your God, Isaiah says. He has been patient with you, Peter says in today’s Second Reading.

Like Jerusalem’s inhabitants in the Gospel, we have to go out to Him, repenting our sins, all the laziness and self-indulgence that make our lives a spiritual wasteland. We have to straighten out our lives so that everything we do leads us to Him.

Today, let us hear the beginning of the Gospel and again commit ourselves to lives of holiness and devotion.

Watch for Him: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Advent

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Isaiah 63:16–1719 Psalm 80:2–315–1618–19   1 Corinthians 1:3–9  Mark 13:33–37


The new Church year begins with a plea for God’s visitation. “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,” the prophet Isaiah cries in today’s First Reading.

In today’s Psalm, too, we hear the anguished voice of Israel, imploring God to look down from His heavenly throne—to save and shepherd His people.

Today’s readings are relatively brief. Their language and “message” are deceptively simple. But we should take note of the serious mood and penitential aspect of the Liturgy today—as the people of Israel recognize their sinfulness, their failures to keep God’s covenant, their inability to save themselves.

And in this Advent season, we should see our own lives in the experience of Israel. As we examine our consciences, can’t we, too, find that we often harden our hearts, refuse His rule, wander from His ways, withhold our love from Him?

God is faithful, Paul reminds us in today’s Second Reading. He is our Father. He has hearkened to the cry of His children, coming down from heaven for Israel’s sake and for ours to redeem us from our exile from God, to restore us to His love.

In Jesus, we have seen the Father (see John 14:8–9). The Father has let His face shine upon us. He is the good shepherd (see John 10:11–15) come to guide us to the heavenly kingdom. No matter how far we have strayed, He will give us new life if we turn to Him, if we call upon His holy name, if we pledge anew never again to withdraw from Him.

As Paul says today, He has given us every spiritual gift—especially the Eucharist and penance—to strengthen us as we await Christ’s final coming. He will keep us firm to the end—if we let Him.

So, in this season of repentance, we should heed the warning—repeated three times by our Lord in today’s Gospel—to be watchful, for we know not the hour when the Lord of the house will return.

When the End Comes

Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Christ the King

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Ezekiel 34:11–1215–17
Psalm 23:1–35–6
1 Corinthians 15:20–2628
Matthew 25:31–46

The Church year ends today with a vision of the end of time. The scene in the Gospel is stark and resounds with Old Testament echoes.

The Son of Man is enthroned over all nations and peoples of every language (see Daniel 7:13–14). The nations have been gathered to see His glory and receive His judgment (see Isaiah 66:18Zephaniah 3:8). The King is the divine shepherd Ezekiel foresees in today’s First Reading, judging as a shepherd separates sheep from goats.

Each of us will be judged upon our performance of the simple works of mercy we hear in the Gospel today.

These works, as Jesus explains today, are reflections or measures of our love for Him, our faithfulness to His commandment that we love God with all our might and our neighbor as ourselves (see Matthew 22:36–40).

Our faith is dead, lifeless, unless it is expressed in works of love (see James 2:20Galatians 5:6). And we cannot say we truly love God, whom we cannot see, if we don’t love our neighbor, whom we can (see 1 John 4:20).

The Lord is our shepherd, as we sing in today’s Psalm. And we are to follow His lead, to imitate His example (see 1 Corinthians 1:11Ephesians 5:1).

He healed our sickness (see Luke 6:19), freed us from the prison of sin and death (see Romans 8:221), welcomed us who were once strangers to His covenant (see Ephesians 2:1219). He clothed us in Baptism (see Revelation 3:52 Corinthians 5:3–4), and feeds us with the food and drink of His own body and blood.

At “the end,” He will come again to hand over His kingdom to His Father, as Paul says in today’s Second Reading.

Let us strive to follow Him in right paths, that this kingdom might be our inheritance, that we might enter into the eternal rest promised for the people of God (see Hebrews 4:19–11).

Remembering Our Lady of Fatima


Remembering Our Lady of Fatima                          Most Rev. Peter J Elliott MA 

The events of Fatima in 1917 revolved around three children: brother and sister Francisco and Jacinta Marto and their older cousin Lucia Santos. They lived in Aljustrel near Fatima, a village that bears the name of Muhammad’s daughter, an echo of an earlier Islamic occupation of Portugal.

In 1917 the First World War was raging. Portugal was neutral, not that the children would have known much about world events, such as the October Revolution which would soon erupt in Russia and launch global Communism. But what happened to them had great bearing on events in our times.

The children said that on 13 May they were tending sheep in the area called the Cova d’Iria near Fatima, when they were visited by the Blessed Virgin Mary in the first of a series of apparitions. Her words to them included revelations, messages and warnings of events to come, yet were accompanied by much hope for a broken world longing for peace.

Across the ages there have been many reported or alleged visions of Our Lady, who appears mainly to poor people, children, the sick and suffering, the little ones of this world. But how can we determine whether an apparition of the Blessed Virgin is genuine?

Authentic or not?

These phenomena are classified under the broad heading ‘private revelations’. They are not part of the public Revelation in Jesus Christ, passed on in the Church through Scripture and Tradition, as the Second Vatican Council teaches (cf Dei Verbum 7–10). So no one is bound to believe in private revelations, which is why they do not feature in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Apparitions are investigated, tested and evaluated by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The basic test used by the Congregation is whether an apparition contradicts or adds to the Revelation in Christ. What happened at Fatima meets that test, because the appearances of Our Lady and her words to the children did not contradict or add to Divine Revelation.

The central message of Fatima is a call to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ through ‘prayer and penance’, a life of faith including reparation for sin and sinners. The wider message is for us to be alert to the signs of the times in world events, as Christ taught. Moreover, Jesus Christ is the central focus of Fatima. Mary comes to point to him, to lead us back to him.

Other tests involve the credibility and integrity of the witnesses, usually known as visionaries or ‘seers’. With conviction maintained until each of them died, the children never denied what happened to them, even under threats and pressure. Unlike devious ‘visionaries’ in some other cases, they did not profit financially from their encounter with Our Lady. More importantly, what they experienced deepened their lives of faith and prayer. Francisco and Jacinta Marto died in 1919 and 1920. Lucia Santos entered a convent and lived the contemplative life of a nun until her death in 2005.

A further test is whether there were any corroborating events, such as other witnesses or paranormal phenomena. On 13 October 1917 thousands of people gathered with the children on the Cova d’Iria and saw the ‘miracle of the sun’, a solar phenomenon, timed to coincide with the final appearance of Mary to the children. A friend of mine knows a Portuguese family whose aged aunt witnessed the dancing sun as a young adult and her faith never wavered. Anti-Catholic journalists who came to mock the people on that day, saw the sun dance and scurried back to Lisbon looking for priests to hear their confessions! This is another reason why Fatima holds an honoured place in the first category of apparitions, those strongly endorsed by the Church.

The liturgy and Marian apparitions

The liturgy is a handy guide to the status of a Marian apparition. If a vision is commemorated in the Universal Calendar of the Church, it has received papal approval and support. Only three Marian events are honoured in this way: Guadalupe (Mexico, 1531), Lourdes (France, 1858) and Fatima (Portugal, 1917). In the 2002 edition of the Roman Missal we find memorials of Our Lady of Lourdes, 11 February, Our Lady of Fatima, 13 May, and Our Lady of Guadalupe, 12 December.

In the case of Guadalupe, the visionary, the humble Aztec St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, has been canonised and is recognised with a memorial on 9 December in the Universal Calendar. St Bernadette of Lourdes has a memorial on 16 April in the national calendar for France. Pope Francis will canonise Francisco and Jacinta, and the cause of Lucia is under consideration.

Other apparitions

The second category of apparitions includes those mainly of local significance, recognised by bishops as of supernatural origin and worthy of belief. These events may be commemorated in local calendars for a country or diocese or in a calendar for a religious order or congregation. They may be limited to celebration at the shrine which marks the site of the apparition. In all these cases, approval from Rome is required for any liturgical commemoration.


A third category of apparitions covers those currently under investigation but so far not approved; for example, Medjugorje (Bosnia) and Garabandal (Spain). No liturgical commemoration may be observed for these apparitions unless they gain approval, which seems highly unlikely in both cases.
A final category of Marian apparitions covers false visions, those that are not worthy of belief. These are either delusional experiences or fraudulent schemes, or even of diabolical origin. These phenomena all have their own little circles of misguided followers and relentless blog sites.

Pope Francis in Fatima

On 13 May 2017, Pope Francis went to Fatima as a pilgrim. He is an intensely Marian Pope. He eagerly walks in the footsteps of St John Paul II, who on 13 May 1982 took the bullet that nearly killed him in Rome the year before to be enclosed in the crown on the statue, an act of gratitude to Mary to whom he prayed as he lay bleeding in the pope-mobile. He was the victim of a command to kill issued in Moscow. Before him, in May 1967, Blessed Paul VI led the golden jubilee pilgrimage to Fatima, presented a golden rose to the Madonna and issued a beautiful letter, The great sign, linking Fatima to the scriptural vision of Our Lady as Queen of the Universe in Revelation 12.

St John XXIII ascribed the inspiration to convene the Second Vatican Council to Our Lady of Fatima. In 1946 in the wake of the Second World War, Pope Pius XII authorised the coronation of the image. It should be noted that there is an authorised liturgical rite for the coronation of an image of the Blessed Virgin. By word and action, the popes of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, so aware of the turbulent course of world events, have clearly responded to the urgent call of Mary for Christian commitment, especially prayer and penance, and above all the great popular meditation and powerful prayer, the Rosary. Prayer for the conversion of Russia in the wake of Communism is part of the urgent messages. To that, in our times, we may add China.

The silence of Fatima

When Francis came to Fatima he found what all pilgrims encounter, a strange silence. On the Cova d’Iria, a vast windswept piazza has been constructed that can hold many thousands, especially for the Eucharistic concelebrations at major pilgrimages. But at other times it is silent. This is what struck me on my one visit to Fatima, a marked contrast to the noise and bustle I experienced at Lourdes and the endless stream of pilgrims I joined at Guadalupe. I interpreted the silence as a sense of judgement on our world and a call to be silent, to reflect, pray and be converted.

In this sacred space a small chapel marks the site of the tree where the Blessed Mother appeared to the shepherd children a century ago. It is here that we find the heart of Fatima, as a place, not the unremarkable classical basilica that rises above the piazza.

The chapel and the Marian image have a simplicity about them, as befits the Madonna and the village children to whom she revealed her Immaculate Heart. She showed herself to them as a sorrowing Mother, echoing Simeon’s prophecy, ‘and a sword will pierce through your own soul’ (Luke 2:35). She spoke at a time when so many mothers were mourning their sons and daughters, victims of war. And that way of sorrow has continued into our times, into a new century and millennium: wars, revolutions, genocide, mass migrations, terrorism ... and is our God involved? Or does divine silence speak loudly?

Salvation history

Fatima speaks to us about time. We can easily appreciate this because we are people of faith whose lives are shaped by sacred time—such an important dimension of the annual and weekly cycles of liturgical worship. In the Judaeo-Christian heritage, all time is sacred because it is God’s time, God working out the great mystery and plan of salvation.

The expression ‘salvation history’ holds the meaning Divine Revelation has given to time. It is always the great story of our salvation, of your salvation and mine. The faith journey of the whole Church is made up of millions of personal journeys, yours and mine.

Salvation history is the ordered reality of time; it is the reign of God always coming through, always breaking through, as Christians pray again and again: ‘Thy kingdom come!’ History shows how God is always bringing shape and destiny out of chaos and disorder. Purpose and meaning in history and in each of our lives are not our inventions. We can find meaning in God’s saving plan and loving Providence as he brings in his reign, his kingdom of justice, truth and peace.

Time and judgment

However, Christians do not believe that the history of the universe or the lives of individuals are endless cycles repeating themselves, as is taught in some Eastern religions. We believe that time is linear, going forward steadily towards its completion, its purposeful end, or telos, which is why theologians use the word teleological when discussing what lies ahead of us: death, judgement, heaven, hell. In all this, justice finally triumphs in divine judgement.


These ultimate options mark the serious side of the Fatima revelations, a call to repentance and warnings of what happens if we fail to respond to Christ’s love. Briefly, the children were shown a vision of hell. Some people find that disturbing, but Fatima is disturbing. It is not a nice story about little children and Mary. Then again, Catholic Christianity is not nice. The truth is not always nice. Yet in the challenging message of Fatima there is hope for our world.

Fatima speaks of hope

The promised ‘triumph and reign of Mary’s Immaculate Heart’ paves the way for the coming of the kingdom of heaven, Christ’s reign. She reigns because she is indeed a queen, but she is only a queen because her son is the Messiah, king and Lord of all creation. It is as simple as that.

Mary always points to her son, to Jesus Christ our king. She leads us to him for he is always the answer, the only answer, as Saint John Paul constantly proclaimed, as Pope Benedict and Pope Francis proclaim. Jesus Christ, God incarnate, crucified and risen again, is the word we speak. He is the way we live. He is our personal Lord and Saviour. He is the One to whom we turn, whose face we long to see, our Light, our Way to the Father.

We bear witness to Jesus Christ not only by timely words and deeds. We bear witness by bringing his Mother Mary into our homes as John did after Jesus had entrusted her to him from the cross. Like John, may we testify to Christ’s amazing grace with hearts full of gratitude for his gift of Mary, so clearly revealed on the windswept Cova d’Iria in Fatima one hundred years ago.

Most Rev. Peter J Elliott MA (Melb) MA (Oxon), STD (JPII Rome) is Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Melbourne.




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100th birthday of St. Pope John Paul ii

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL : 100 Ways Pope Saint John Paul II Changed the World

Book by Patrick Novecosky Who Knew Polish Saint Makes You Know Him Better Too             MAY 17, 2020   DEBORAH CASTELLANO LUBOV   JOHN PAUL II    - article from ZENIT news service

How can one possibly try to wrap their mind around, somewhat rapidly, the countless ways a beloved pontiff, genius, and now saint, changed the world during his 26-year pontificate that drew with a close on April 2, 2005, on Divine Mercy Sunday?   A new work by Patrick Novecosky, titled ‘100 Ways John Paul II Changed the World,’ and published by Our Sunday Visitor, seeks to do just that, and does so as Monday, May 18, marks the 100 year anniversary of the Polish Pontiff’s birth.

The American Catholic communicator who has traveled to 26 countries, met Pope St. John Paul II five times, often in private venues in Rome, and is a husband and father of five. The award-winning journalist has edited and written for some of America’s top Catholic publications and has been published in five languages. Patrick is Managing Partner at NovaMedia a public relations firm specializing in the Catholic space.

Shattering the Mold

In his book, he examines in one or two pages per chapter, the mystical beloved Pope’s remarkable and difficult upbringing. Remembering his friendships, and unforgettable, as well as less known, moments, it also examines his impact on the world, including being an incredibly important force in the eventual collapse of Communism in Poland and Eastern Europe.

The Pontiff who made 104 trips, and traveled enough that he, in his 775,000 miles, could have circled the planet ‘30 times’ covered two thirds of the world’s countries, and was arguably “most seen person in history.” As the author recalls, Pope Paul VI was the first pope to “break the mold” with his international travels, but John Paul II “shattered it.” The Pontiff visited almost all of Africa, during the course of 14 trips, and in addition to making important church appointments, he canonized various African saints.

He also spoke about the Pope’s affinity for the US, where he made five official visits, with stops even in Alaska. He expressed his appreciation for the ‘warm hospitality’ of the American people.

The author gives a tender look at the Pope’s friendships, including with Mother Teresa of Calcutta, US President Ronald Reagan, Padre Pio, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski (his superior, the Primate of the Poland, when the Cardinal Wojtyla was Archbishop of Krakow), Sister Faustina Kowalska, and Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

In 1984, the Polish Pope and President Reagan had established full diplomatic relations between the United States and the Holy See.

My Best Friend…

In 1989, ex-President Ronald Reagan, the book notes, received two Polish Americans and Solidarnosc [Solidarity] labor union representatives, whose movement, supported by John Paul II and the former US President, constituted the first independent labor union in the Soviet bloc and contributed “the first crack in the Iron Curtain, and it sent shock waves through the entire Soviet Union” beginning from the Polish Pope’s 1979 visit to his native country.

When they asked Reagan for words of political wisdom for the Solidarnosc members, he told them to listen to their conscience as that is where the Holy Spirit talks to you.

“Reagan then pointed to a picture of John Paul: ‘He is my best friend. Yes, you know I’m Protestant, but he’s still my best friend,’” he said.

Miraculous Cure…

Padre Pio also had a dear friendship with John Paul II, confiding in Wojtyla details he never told others.

“During a visit to Rome in 1962,” the book also recounts, “’Archbishop Wojtyla learned that one of his Polish friends was dying. He wrote to Padre Pio, asking his intercession. The letter was hand-delivered to the friar, who reportedly replied: “I cannot say no to this request.’”

“’Eleven days later, Wojtyla sent Pio a second letter thanking him for his intercession: ‘The lady who was ill with cancer was suddenly healed before entering the operating room.’”

Statues in Poland to Commemorate

The first time Wyszynski and John Paul II met after his election as Successor of Peter– Novecosky also remembers– became “one of the most touching moments” of his pontificate.

“The Polish cardinal approached the new pope to kiss his ring in Saint Peter’s Square on the day of his inauguration, but John Paul quickly rose, embraced his mentor, and kissed his cheek,” he said, observing that now hundreds of statues across Poland commemorate the moment.

The book also reflects upon the special bond and friendship he had with Joseph Ratzinger that began in 1978 during the conclave where John Paul I (Albino Luciani), would be elected, and that would lead to Wojtyla eventually making Ratzinger his closest confident, and staying, even when he would have liked to go home to his native Bavaria.  The author recounts how the two used to meet every Friday night at 6 o’clock when Ratzinger was Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, not only as collaborators but as dear friends.

Saint Factory, or Recognizing Holiness

The book recalls that some accused the Vatican under this Pope of being a ‘saint factory.’

“Over the course of his papacy, John Paul canonized 482 saints— more than all popes of the previous 500 years combined — and beatified 1,341 men and women,” the author explains. Some of those saints included, Padre Pio, Maximilian Kolbe, Edith Stein, Faustina Kowalska, and Katherine Drexel.

He recalls that the Pope whose legacy would be impossible to give justice, lost his mother at age nine, from kidney disease and congestive failure, and his father by 21, and his brother as well. Being effectively ‘orphaned’ while still in university, he turned to Mary, and developed a filial relationship with Our Lady of Czestochowa.

Bringing God to Where He Was Denied

He also sheds light on how Wojtyla was an actor, wrote poetry and five plays, and, having discovered his vocation, worked during the day in a stone quarry, while having to study meanwhile for the priesthood in secret. Wojtyla kept his eyes on Christ, during his personal heartbreak, and during Nazi Occupation of Poland and subsequent Communism.

He practiced what he would later preach, when he would tell young people: ‘Do not be afraid.’

Early in his ecclesial career in Poland, when they created at Nowa Huta, outside Krakow, as a ‘Worker’s Paradise’ and forbid that a church be built, Wojtyla as a young bishop, and for 20 years, used to celebrate an open-air Mass there every Christmas, until eventually a church could be built. He did not hesitate to challenge authorities when one was being deprived of Christ.

No Compromising the Faith

While advancing ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, and attention to the environment, poor, China and the persecuted, the Polish Pontiff voiced a conservative, uncompromising faith, even to those who disagreed with him. He used to confront politicians whose policies did not protect life without reservations.

Pope John Paul II marked the first world leader to visit largely-Roman Catholic East Timor, ever since Indonesia invaded and annexed it in 1976. When the Polish Pope was in East Timor, and called on Indonesia to respect human rights, his fearless affirmations resulted in various newborns—the author remembers—being named John Paul in the Asian island nation.

In working toward dialogue, John Paul II became the first Pope to enter a mosque during his trip to Syria in 2001.

John Paul II, the book reminds, told the United Nations in 1995 that it must “safeguard the fundamental right to freedom of religion and freedom of conscience, as the cornerstones of the structure of human rights and the foundation of every truly free society.”

“No one,” he said, “is permitted to suppress those rights by using coercive power to impose an answer to the mystery of man.”

Mary’s Hand Guided the Bullet

Looking again at the pontificate itself, the author also recalls the assassination attempt on May 13, 1981, and how John Paul II, met, without handcuffs and televised, his aggressor, and forgave him. Moreover, he stresses how the Polish Pope would credit Our Lady of Fatima with saving his life, saying “one hand pulled the trigger, and another guided the bullet.”

Later the bullet that lodged closest to John Paul II’s heart was removed and welded into the crown of Mary’s statue in Fatima.

The book dives into Wojtyla’s efforts to protect religious freedom, promote a ‘culture of life,’ and combat against a ‘culture of the death.’ Reflecting on the ‘Pope of the Rosary,’ Novecosky remembers details about the Pope’s own personal prayer life, and his encouragement for families to pray the rosary together, essentially suggesting that a family that prays together, stays together.

Always sensitive to the terror attacks against the Twin Towers and Pentagon on 9/11, the Polish Pontiff also said to pray the rosary to combat against ‘terrorism.’

Looking at who he said could be considered the ‘most productive’ pontificate in history, the author looks at how under his watch, the Code of Canon Law was effectively revised in less than 11 months, as well as the Catechism of the Catholic Church in 1992, and various other texts.

Examining the impact of the World Youth Days, and the spiritual fruits they have given youth worldwide, Novecosky remembers how the news led the world to believe the Denver WYD in 1993 would be ‘a bust,’ when rather there was incredible attendance for the 73-year-old Polish Pontiff, and how subsequently numerous apostolates were born in Denver.

Led the Way for Francis in Havana

There are also reflections on the Pope’s disappointment that he never was able to go to Russia, nor meet the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, as hoped, in 1997, to sign a joint declaration with Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow, an act that Pope Francis would be able to achieve for him, in 2016, when meeting Alexey’s successor, Patriarch Kirill, in Cuba, on his way to Mexico.

The Pope also made great strides diplomatically, including establishing diplomatic relations with Israel and Palestinian Authority, urging an end to Catholic-Protestant violence during his 1979 trip to Ireland, and speaking out against conflict, such as violence provoked by apartheid in South Africa, the conflict in Bosnia, and against the First Gulf War, and 2003 United States-driven Iraq War, as he encouraged those involved to not be afraid “to take a chance on peace.”

He combatted against abuses of Liberation Theology, confusion promoted by some orders in the Church, and against child abuse, even if this continues to be the weak spot of his legacy, given that many argue more should have been done.

The Pope’s personal secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz—the author recalls in the book—has reflected that with time, the Church learned much more about what was actually happening and its gravity.

Couldn’t Say No

The author expresses that beyond his own research and personal experiences, he spoke to and drew inspiration from other experts on the Pope, including papal biographer George Weigel.

The author also shares about his moments with the Pope, including the following anecdote recalling how Wojtyla began writing poetry as a university student in 1939, often using pseudonyms, and how he continued writing poems well into his papacy.

“Among this author’s most treasured possessions,” Patrick Novecosky shares, “is a copy of The Place Within: The Poetry of Pope John Paul II, signed by John Paul on July 31, 1998,” noting: “I used to own a signed deluxe edition with a slipcover, a gift from a friend with connections to the papal household.”

“But then came a call from the Vatican in 1999: the pope did not have a deluxe version in his private library and was requesting my copy. I couldn’t say no. In return, they sent me a “lowly” hardcover version — along with the knowledge that my deluxe edition made it into John Paul’s personal library.”

This and many more anecdotes are waiting in this work for future readers….



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MAY 17, 2020

Mass live stream from St Patrick's Cathedral - weekdays at 1pm Sundays 11am

 Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral celebrated at 1pm  weekdays  / 11am Sundays

 Join us as we live stream on our Facebook page or through our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/archmelb

Thanksgiving and St Therese

THANKSGIVING & WEEKLY COLLECTIONS      Thankyou for your support over the year which has left us in a fair position to continue modestly during the Covid19 virus pandemic.  

For those who have asked how to give and would like to try something new:  

CDFpay is a new option for anyone in a position to give and would like to assist the parish financially during this difficult time.  

Click on the link below, Choose CDFpay for PARISHES  - page down to FIND MY PARISH  - Sunshine (*there’s several Sunshine Parishes - if all listed, please choose Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception)   https://www.catholicdevelopmentfund.org.au/Organisations/CDFpay

Some parishioners may be in a position to use their regular Thanksgiving envelopes and set aside your usual donation and give at a later time, however the impact of this current health epidemic has impacted many of you and your needs and care for your family are your first priority. We will come through this difficult time. Although we are not physically in the Church building for some time, our homes become our tower-house of prayer.  If, for some of us, our financial ability is less, our THANKSGIVING could also be lived in helping and praying for others.  Let us most of all keep each other in prayer and keep in contact with any we know who may be isolated and lonely.  Masses continue to be offered privately each day by our priests in our parish for your needs and earnestly seeking God's mercy for an end to the Covid19 pestilence that has struck the world.


The relics of St Therese of Lisieux and her parents
 – St Louis and Zelie Martin – arrived in Melbourne and will reside at the Carmelite Monastery in Kew.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Il9IA2TznU        

Owing to restrictions brought about in relation to COVID-19, the relics will reside in the Carmelite Monastery, the national shrine for St Therese of Lisieux during Holy Week, but will not be made open to the public.

It's been 18 years since the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux, one of the most popular saints of modern times, last visited Australia. However, what was intended to be a four-month pilgrimage, in light of the situation concerning coronavirus pandemic, and taking under consideration government and church directives, the pilgrimage of the relics has been temporarily suspended.

The Carmelite nuns will be praying with the relics throughout the time the relics remain before returning to France.  There are some Prayer Times and Mass, and a talk online.  

They began with a time of prayer with the relics on Saturday 4 April, that was live streamed directly to the Archdiocese of Melbourne YouTube Channel    You are welcome to view the prayer times and pray with the relics online - as they were live streamed from the monastery.




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