Homilies from July 2016

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Setting My Heart Upon the Deep


At a wedding ceremony, the pastor asked if anyone had anything to say concerning the union of the bride and groom. It was their time to stand up and talk, or forever hold their peace. The moment of utter silence was broken by a young beautiful woman carrying a child. She started walking toward the […]

Love and Compassion


Peter agreed to launch my poetry collection on the condition that I would give a homily. Not being very keen, I had come up with several excuses – but I’ve run out. So here I am. I’m going to talk a little about my poetry and then I’m going to discuss tonight’s readings. I’m often […]

Reflections on the eve of NAIDOC week


We reflect on the words of Celeste Liddle an Arrernte woman and a National Indigenous Organiser. “The legal fiction of Terra Nullius is the basis on which this country was founded and, despite having been long overturned, it still permeates much of the policy and understanding. This is why we’re still calling for land and cultural rights, why […]

Why do we call ourselves Catholic?


As I look back at our story I think the importance of our catholic faith has been the fellowship it has given us. The friendships we have formed the communities we have belonged to. Maurice Whelan in a recent homily quoted Karen Armstrong, “I believe, I hold dear”. I too believe and I hold dear […]