These days of restrictions because of COVID-19 are a special challenge to us.
We’re facing an Easter like no other. The deprivation of the Eucharist and closure of our churches is something which is quite unheard of by we Catholics even since convict times.
We know the comment that someone’s dreams turned to ashes. It happened in our State earlier this year: more than 80 homes destroyed on Kangaroo Island; more than 60 in the Adelaide Hills.
Some years ago I led a group of parishioners on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, a place of life-changing opportunities.
It is Christmas time again, thank God, and our hearts grow fuller. There is a magic to Christmas, as you can see in the eyes of children. For us adults it is also the time of grace.
As we continue along our journey to the Plenary 2020, it is worth reflecting on the parable of the wheat and weeds. The hands wanted to pull out the weeds that an enemy had planted in the crop, but the farmer wisely noted that to do so would kill the wheat too, so intertwined were the roots of both wheat and weeds.