Homilies by Terry Fitzpatrick

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REFLECTIONS ON DEATH

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With the death of my father in recent weeks I would like to speak a little about death and if you can indulge me I would like to begin with a favourite story of mine. A very old man lay dying in his bed. In death’s doorway, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favourite […]

Radical Acceptance

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Today I’ve chosen to speak about Radical Acceptance. Letting go into life. In order to illustrate this I would like to share a little about two men. The first one, Terry O’Dea, a long term member of our community who died last week, and a man called Jacob. Terry was a great teller and sharer […]

STILLING THE MIND

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Last week I had the good fortune of being able to get away for a retreat. On the retreat of the many stories that the teachers related one that stays with me is about the cartoon character HAGAR THE HORRIBLE. Remember when we had newspapers, or people used to buy them, HAGAR THE HORRIBLE was […]

Setting My Heart Upon the Deep

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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 […]

Reflections on the eve of NAIDOC week

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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 […]

Sanctuary; A compassionate illegal response.

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I am not sure how many of you would remember your first brush with the law. Or if any at all. I remember mine. I was about four and half years old and I had a cheeky mate Jimmy who was of the same age and of Greek origin, who lived next door. We shared […]

A Betrayed Earth still serves us

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  Tonight we celebrate the great act of love and teaching of Jesus. He knows his time is nearing an end. Time is precious. There is a need to dramatize and get the message home more clearly than he has ever attempted on previous occasions. He decides to do something counter-cultural and radical. As Master […]

A Crucified Earth is not a Good Friday

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In our first reading from the Pope’s Encyclical letter ‘Laudato Si ‘ (On Care For Our Home) the Pope does what the mystical saint St Francis, (the name which the present Pope took for his Pontificate,) did many years ago. He personified the Earth, called her sister and mother, he described how we have plundered […]

Living Simply

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 Today, January is almost over. “How’s your New Year’s Resolution going?” Someone once asked. “What exactly is a New Year’s Resolution?” some wise crack responded. “It’s a TO DO LIST for the first week of January”. Or another piece of wisdom I never heed is, ‘my New Year’s Resolution is to stop hanging out with […]

The full humanity of women must be our culture

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  The previous Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, had a reputation of being a misogynist. The famous speech by Julia Gillard, where she begins: “I will not be lectured about sexism by this man…” and she continued on about how he had treated women in his time as a Minister. I love the cartoon soon after […]