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Ash Wednesday (this year, March 5th) is the first day of the season of Lent. In liturgical churches, it begins with a vivid reminder of death. As the words “Dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return” are said, Christians are marked on their foreheads with ashes in the shape of the cross. The words echo language from the funeral liturgy, “Ashes to ashes and dust to dust.”
Death is one of the primary themes of Lent. Each of us will die. None of us gets out of here alive. A friend told me that he thinks Ash Wednesday is the most honest service of the church year.
"We are a society which has forgotten how to weep." - Pope Francis
Many people throughout Australia are disturbed by the punitive and harsh policies and conditions to which people seeking asylum in Australia are being subjected. The recent incident on Manus Island and the death of one person and the injury of many highlights the lack of care and dignity in the policies of both the Government and the Opposition and the absence of awareness of their legal and moral responsibilities.
In response to the desire for prayer and action, Catholic Religious Australia is inviting you to participate in a “National Lament”. We are taking our inspiration from the words of Pope Francis when he visited Lampedusa. The National Lament is a campaign of prayer, penance and action for people seeking asylum in Australia. We are seeking to make a Christian response to these people, rather than treating them as a “problem” to be solved.
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Homily offered by the Rev'd Drs Cecilie and Mervyn Lander for The Last Sunday after The Epiphany.
The Dean was one of three presenters who explored the role faith plays in supporting climate change adaptation. This will be examined from two perspectives. First, faith is examined as a personal motivator to face challenges, strengthen resilience and maintain persistence in work. Second, faith as an institution is examined as an important contributor to resilient communities and policy making. This discussion will also include the presentation of a deliberative democratic framework of nine principles to facilitate in infusion of faith perspectives in climate change decision making.
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