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The Cathedral Connection 24 March 2019

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Over the last week we have all born witness to the outpouring of raw emotion around us following the senseless, violent loss of life of our Muslim brothers and sisters in Christchurch. We have all been shaken by the interruption to our comfortable lives. The uncertainty, not having the answers and being adrift from security all contribute to a feeling of helplessness.

Today’s Gospel, from Luke, sees people with similar questions as ours today. Questions of why, and how come? In the face of tragedy, Jesus provides comfort but also a sobering call for all of us to reflect and examine our own lives. Tragedy is much easier to stomach when there is someone else to blame. Indeed, we don’t even want to look at the truth of our own lives, our own inner reality, our fears, our brokenness, but we need to. We must dare ourselves to do so because it breathes life and hope for our future. This reflection is not a prison sentence. It is a hand outstretched that liberates us and transforms us.

As we gather today, we remember and take part in the embrace of Christ on the Cross. With his outstretched hands, he embraces both the dead and the living in love, and it is this love that we have seen reflected and shared around the country as the antidote to this act of hate.

May we show responsibility for ourselves and one another; may we gift ourselves to one another; and may we allow God’s gift of love and peace to embolden all our hearts so that we may share them throughout our world.

– Michael Fletcher, Director of Music.

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The Cathedral Connection 17 March 2019

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Prayer – Being in the Presence of Love

Today’s Gospel passage – the Transfiguration – would have been a ‘moment to be treasured’ for Peter, James and John. No wonder Peter wanted to prolong the moment – “let us build 3 tents…” He didn’t want the moment to end. Prayer is that meeting place with God. Our Catholic tradition has a richness of ways of encountering God in prayer. What they have in common is that they join in the prayer of Jesus to the Father. All prayer is through, with and in Jesus.

This Lent can be a good time to look at our prayer life. I would like to mention 2 forms of prayer that you may have heard mentioned recently.

Lectio Divina: The Latin phrase “lectio divina” means “divine reading.” It is a way of praying with the Scriptures. As one reads and invites the Word to become a transforming lens that brings the events of daily living into focus, one can come to live more deeply and find the presence of God more readily in the events of each day. The method follows four steps: lectio (reading), meditatio (meditation), contemplatio (contemplation), and oratio (prayer).

Meditation: Whereas most forms of prayer involve words and song, either written, memorized, or spontaneous, meditative prayer concentrates on just ‘being in God’s presence.’ Meditative Prayer began in the earliest centuries of the Church, when men and women went into the Desert to find God. Cassian went to meet them with them. He asked them ‘What is prayer and how do your pray?’ The answer he received was simple and profound. Go to a quiet place and spend time with God. Take a word or a phrase, and gently say it over and over. When distractions come, return to your word. Cassian wrote about what he had been taught.

St Benedict, who began the monastic tradition, knew Cassian’s writing, and used it in his directions for his monks. Through the centuries, the practice of meditation continued through monasteries and convents. Many are rediscovering meditation and Lectio Divina as wonderful forms of prayer, seeing them indeed as a “moments to be treasured.”

Fr Ron

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The Cathedral Connection 10 March 2019

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At Easter we will celebrate the holiest time of our Christian calendar, the Resurrection.

Now we begin Lent, a time to prepare and ready ourselves for that great feast. We are invited to let God find us where we are spiritually in both body and mind.

God asks the same question to each of us: ‘Where are you my beloved sons and daughters?’ During this Lent we are invited to make the time to review and reflect where we are in our Christian lives and discover God’s presence anew.

We are challenged to make time to listen to his Word. We are invited to let him get close to who we are and to how we are in living out the Gospel values. To reconcile our lives to God and to our brothers and sisters in Christ.

So, may the word of God find you and nourish you this Lenten Season.

With every blessing.

Fr Doug

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The Cathedral Connection 3 March 2019

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The Call

 How often do we find ourselves stuck in a state of repetition in our lives? Lost in the noise, haste and desire for things to be there when we want them we find we have lost the time to think, to be creative, and to listen to ourselves and the world around us.

Ash Wednesday and the season it introduces is a call. A call to pause, and to listen, and in that time and space that silence holds find a place where we can truly reflect.

While Ash Wednesday begins our season of Lent it is also the beginning of our own journey with Christ to his death and resurrection. We enter this journey marked outwardly with ash signifying the feeling of what is going on on the inside. We are truly sorry for those things which have kept us apart from God and one another.

So come together this Ash Wednesday, and be united one to another through God’s great love. May it be our resolve and intention to keep this Lent holy, and when we are reminded of the mark of the cross on our foreheads may we remember the first mark of Christ that assured us that we belong to him alone, and to him we will return.

Michael Fletcher
Director of Music

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The Cathedral Connection 24 February 2019

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‘Love one another as I have loved you’

Our words and actions show who we are. They reflect our beliefs. This week’s Gospel leads us into a personal spiritual reflection on how we share our love and our resources with others; helping us to critique our efforts at being faithful disciples.

Jesus teaches us that love of neighbour and forgiveness of one’s enemies is central to leading ethical lives. HIS commands are clear: Love must replace hatred, blessings should defeat curses, generosity ought to supplant selfishness, and forgiveness must overcome enmity. David in today’s first reading is an example par excellence of one man loving his enemy.

As you reflect on today’s readings you may wish to ponder the following question: ‘is there a contentious relationship in my life where I can follow David’s example and refuse to pick up the spear?’ For just like David and Jesus’ disciples, we too are called to extend mercy in the same manner that the Father does. The Lord is kind and merciful and will shower immeasurable blessings on those who are gracious to others.

‘May you treat each other in the same friendly way Christ has treated you.
May you clothe yourselves in sincere compassion,
kindness and patience.
May the Lord watch over you,
keep you in his care,
and bless you with his peace’.

Flor McCarthy SDB

Debbie Matheson – Lay Pastoral Leader
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