Saturday, 27 June 2009

"Holier than Thou" : St Mary's Brisbane

At last I managed to get round to watching “Holier than Thou.” It’s a documentary by the Australian Broadcasting Company (abc), from the Series “Australian Story.” The program focuses upon Fr Peter Kennedy and the Community of St Mary’s (in exhile) Brisbane. It’s well worth watching and gives a good background to the community, it’s mission and vision and the ensuing conflict with Rome.

Make a point of watching the documentary, there is a lot to commend this extraordinary community and it's 'extraordinary form' of Liturgy. Click on the Pic to watch it.

Fr Kennedy say’s some ‘interesting’ things about the Divinity of Jesus and comments “that Jesus had to die and rise again to restore us to union with God - you really have to question that understanding of God.” (9’20” – 20’.30”)

That’s a difficult statement for many and I’d love him to clarify it. He say’s of himself he is a contemplative. This shines through and through. Contemplatives see things with a contemplative eye. To contemplatives God is everywhere. Gerard W. Hughes in his book “God Where are you?” has this to say . . . .

“Recurrent memories are God’s invitation for us to look more closely. God is in everything. Everything and everyone is sacred. Every bush is burning, if only we have eyes to see.” (Pg2)

“Whenever you approach another person, whatever their belief or lack of it, take off your shoes, for you are entering holy ground as God has been there before you.” (pg11)

In the context of this contemplative eye, I can closer appreciate Fr Kennedy’s comments about the Divinity of Jesus in the programme. I applaud the community of St Mary’s in exile and will continue to pray for and make known their story. I’m sure they are not alone. Any chance of being an honorary member of the community?

Friday, 26 June 2009

The Emerging Church

The emerging Church is an idea I am relatively new to. Dissatisfaction with the canonical structures of churches find a listening ear and perhaps a new vision within this movement. It’s not for everybody, but a good understanding of the Emerging Church can be found here or by clicking on the picture

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Horta de St Joan, Catalunia.

More photos from a recent holiday in Horta de St Joan Catalunia !

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

St Salvatore of Horta

Just a picture from our holiday in Horta de St Joan, Catalunia, Spain. It's the stained glass window in the church of St Salvatore of Horta. Find out more about this cobbler, Franciscan laybrother here or click the pic.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Richard Rohr : The Emerging Church

Here I Stand

Here I stand before you now,
I bring myself to you just as I am
All I wish that I could do,
Can be reborn in you.

Maranatha, lighten the darkness,
Maranatha, come refreshing light.
Dwell in me this day,
Come Lord live and stay
In your love, lead me on.

Here I stand before you now,
I give this day to just as I am,
All it’s promise, joy or pain,
Returned to you again.

Maranatha . . . .

Here I stand before you now,
I listen to your word, just as I am.
Guide my step and light the way,
Through this and every day.

Here I stand before you now,
I bring myself to you just as I am,
All you sing to me in prayer,
Held in your loving care.
Maranatha . . . .

Saturday, 13 June 2009

"See, I Am Doing Something New!" - Abbot John Klassen OSB

Found this interesting article by Abbot John Klassen of the Benedictine Abbey of St John, Collegeville. The article is called:

"See, I Am Doing Something New!" Prophetic Ministry for a Church (and a Monastery) in Transition.

It's rare to find someone talking about the decline, or present state of the Church in a positive light. It's even rarer to find someone who thinks this is a positive position. Full marks ! read the whole article here or by clicking on the logo.

Friday, 12 June 2009

Wednesday Word, Lectio Divina

Have a look at this resource. It may be useful for you. Called "The Wednesday Word", it offers reflections for the Sunday Gospel available the wednesday before the Sunday so that readers can reflect and pray about them.

Simple, but effective. It can be used as an individual or parish resource. Click on the picture above to go to Sunday 21st June (12th Year B)

Sunday, 7 June 2009

How Sad !

Here's the latest news from St Mary's in exile, Bribane, Australia. Please keep them in your prayers.

CATHOLIC Archbishop John Bathersby has banned former St Mary's South Brisbane priest Peter Kennedy from practising anywhere in the world.

The penalty is harsher than any imposed in Brisbane on priests convicted of pedophilia.Fr Kennedy yesterday received two decrees from Archbishop Bathersby, one of which made good the Catholic Church leader's recent threat to strip the 71-year-old priest of his authority to conduct marriages, preach and hear confessions.

Read the full article in the couriermail.

Here's news from abc

There's also a range of sources for the story on the St Mary's in exile website.

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Horta de St Joan, Spain

Just returned from a few days in Horta ! Here's the view from the bedroom window at Sunrise.

Canticle of Brother Sun : St Francis of Assisi
Most high, all powerful, all good Lord!
All praise is yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing.
To you, alone, Most High, do they belong.
No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through him.
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Monday, 1 June 2009

Cardinal Newman

Recently purchased this envelope addressed to

The Revd W R Nichols
Free Church Manse

in Cardinals Newmans hand. His name is in the bottom left corner though this is not his signature. I have a great love of Newman who followed his ‘Kindly Light’ through thick and thin, regardless of popular thought or personal cost.

If anyone can shed light on the document date addressee etc I’d be really interested.