The similarities and yet vastly different life-changing outcomes for the people in the two stories appearing on the front page of the February edition of The Southern Cross should not be lost on anyone.
The release just prior to Christmas of the Royal Commission’s final report was yet another damning indictment on the handling of child sexual abuse by the Church and other institutions. It was also a powerful affirmation of the pain and suffering inflicted on victims and their families, as well as a moving tribute to the courage and strength of the survivors who came forward to tell their harrowing and intensely personal stories.
As more than 46,000 Catholic students started the school year this week, Catholic Education SA director Dr Neil McGoran writes about how our school communities are places where care for every child and young person is the beginning point for learning.
How often do you hear someone say ‘I can’t believe it’s Christmas already’, coupled with varying degrees of dread about the shopping frenzy about to take place.
Christmas is a time for families to get together and if there happens to be young children around, they are certain to dominate proceedings. If there is a baby in the mix, then watch out for the endless photo opportunities!
In 4th century Rome, the Church year began on Christmas day, the day of Christ’s birth. By the 7th century, however, the Church year began with the First Sunday of Advent, four weeks prior to Christmas.
There are two stories in The Southern Cross this month which highlight the integral role of Christianity at significant moments in our history.
Over a three-year cycle of Ordinary Time we hear the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke proclaimed at Sunday Mass. John’s Gospel is interspersed at other times, especially in the Easter Season. Next year we will listen to Mark. He called his word ‘the beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ’.
Pope Francis continues to amaze us with his words of wisdom, his relentless pursuit of reform and his hectic travel schedule.
Have you ever uttered these words, or heard them on the lips of another parishioner as you arrived for Sunday Mass to find young parents with white-clad infant in arms, obviously ready to celebrate the sacrament of baptism?