Pentecost Sunday, 24 May 2015

From the Dean’s desk….

Dear Friends,

When we think of the Australian summer the thought of bushfires is not too distant. As the temperatures soar during summer, the eucalypts breathe out their oils into the atmosphere, creating an almost permanent haze over the bushland. The conditions at this time are right for just one spark to set the bush on a terrible and destructive path as fires take hold of the land with all of their intensity and energy.

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The Ascension of the Lord, 17 May 2015

From the Dean’s desk….

Dear Friends,

We are familiar with the words of the Prayer of St Francis of Assisi: ‘Lord make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred let me bring your love…..’ The sentiment of this prayer is reflected in today’s liturgical celebration of the Ascension of the Lord. In celebrating the Ascension, we consider the fact that Jesus not only physically departs from his disciples, but that he entrusts them with the continuation of the mission he had begun. From now on they will be his instruments within the world. Jesus’ words to his disciples before he takes leave of them emphasise this area of mission: ‘Go out into the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation.’ [Mark 16:15].

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6th Sunday of Easter, 10 May 2015

From the Dean’s desk….

Dear Friends,

With this, the 6th Sunday of Easter, we are coming to the end of the Easter Season. Next week we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord followed by the great solemnity of Pentecost. The Ascension celebrates the return of Jesus to the Father, while Pentecost recalls the great outpouring of the power of the Holy Spirit on the early Church, making of them a group of empowered disciples.

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5th Sunday of Easter, 3 May 2015

From the Dean’s desk….

Dear Friends,

Last week’s liturgy called to mind the basic need we all have in wanting to belong – to be identified with various groups and organisations that give us security and identity. We recognised how we need to be aware of the extravagant love that God has given to each one of us by allowing us to be God’s children. The liturgy challenged us to recognise the identity we have in following Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

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4th Sunday of Easter, 26 Apr 2015

From the Dean’s desk….

Dear Friends,

The famed American psychologist Abraham Maslow (1908-1970) put forward a concept called the Hierarchy of Needs, stating that there are basic needs within the life of every person that require satisfaction. He placed these within a hierarchy, stating that certain needs have to be met before others can be considered. His basic needs are called physiological needs – the need to the basics within life – air, food, water, clothing etc. Within his structure he has listed the need for love and belonging. He states that because of the fact that as humans we require the presence of other humans in order to reach an appropriate level of existence, we have a need to love and be loved and to experience a sense of belonging with other people.

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