Jesus I know is no cold, hard Iron-Christ; nor does Jesus
deserve to be reduced to smug, glib and uncompassionate
irrelevancies when the real meaning of His love is what
people need so desperately.
is Worthy?" Ted Kennedy
passing of David McPhee
were shocked to hear of the death of David McPhee
as we arrived at St Vincent’s on Sunday 3rd Sept.
David, who had been a regular at Sunday Eucharist
this year, had passed away at work on Saturday.
He was a good friend of Bruce Carroll who passed
away earlier this year. Aunty Glady said, “In all
the time I have known him he was a kind, gently
spoken person.” David had completed his apprenticeship
to become a qualified electrician. He was very
knowledgeable about lots of subjects and contributed
from his treasure trove of knowledge at the Monday
evening gatherings at 63 Caroline St. Generally,
he did not stay for the prayer part of the gathering
but he did stay last Monday night, 29th August.
David had been out of work a long time, having
resigned from his job after some experiences of
harassment. However, he recently took on a job
with the Railway. To write his resume, he had done
a lot of research to present it in the best possible
way. His application and perseverance was a great
asset. He was very happy in his new job that he
had only been doing for a couple of weeks. He had
passed a medical examination prior to getting the
job so his sudden death was very unexpected. David
often called in at the Gathering Place, especially
in the months that he did not have a job, in order
to boost his food supplies and sometimes have a
meal there. He liked his food! He liked a little
gamble now and then and was occasionally lucky!
At other times, he would be seen him on The Block
with the others, yarning. Clare had spoken to David
after the Friday meditation and he was very happy
about his new job. The last cameo of David was
a wonderful memory of him ‘floating’ down the street,
knowing that he had achieved what he’d worked so
hard for. We are deeply saddened by David’s passing.
We pray with all the Aboriginal community once
again losing someone so young.
Esmey & Clare.
September is the
month we celebrate Social Justice Sunday.
This year we celebrate on 25th September and the
title of the Statement is "Living
the Gospel in today’s Society".
This is what we
try to do at St Vincent’s. Here are some words
to remind us of the importance of working for justice
in our lives as Christians.
believe that such issues as world hunger, homelessness,
the arms trade and war are political, not religious
issues. Yet the words of Scripture and Catholic
Social Teaching challenge us to live justly in
today’s society by confronting such issues and
working to change the structures that perpetuate
Cardinal Sin, Manila,
the Philippines, 2003 said,
is to put Christ in politics. Politics without
Christ is the greatest scourge of our nation.”
“The joys and the
hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the people
of this age, especially those who are poor or in
any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes,
the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ.
Indeed, nothing genuinely human fails to raise
an echo in their hearts.”
Council II, Gaudium et Spes, the Church in
the Modern World
“Let each person
examine one’s conscience, a conscience that conveys
a new message for our times. Is each prepared to
support out of one’s own pocket, works and undertakings
organized in favour of the most destitute? Is each
ready to pay higher taxes so that the government
can do more for development? Is each ready to pay
a higher price for imported goods so that the producer
may be paid a just wage?
Progresio, On the Development of Peoples, 47
|There are many situations
of injustice that we come across in our everyday
lives. And there are numerous ways in which we are
and can be the light of Christ in our world. Among
the issues addressed by the Bishops in the Social
Justice Sunday Statement is the amount of wealth
and possessions we waste in a world where poverty
affects billions of people. A life of affluence can
mean a culture of waste – it can also mean a culture
of busyness in which the important things in life
are neglected as we work longer and harder.
John O’Donohue –
“Divine Beauty” p.85 …. ‘The quest for the truth
of things is never ending…Every
experience is open to countless readings and interpretations…
..The search for truth is difficult
and uncomfortable. Because the mystery is too much
for us, we opt to settle for the surface of things.
Comfort becomes more important than true presence.
This is precisely why we need to hear the discerning
Somewhere in every
heart there is a discerning voice. This voice distrusts
the status quo. It sounds out the falsity in things
and encourages dissent from the
images things tend to assume. It underlines the secret crevices where the surface
has become strained. It advises distance and opens up a new perspective through
which the concealed meaning of a situation might emerge. The inner voice makes
any complicity uneasy. Its intention is to keep the heart clean and clear.
This voice is an inner whisper not obvious or known
to others outside. It receives
little attention and is not usually highlighted among a person’s qualities.
Yet so much depends on that small voice.
The truth of its
whisper marks the line between honour and egoism,
kindness and chaos. In extreme situations, which
have been emptied of all shelter and
that small voice whispers from somewhere beyond and encourages the heart
to hold out for dignity, respect, beauty and love.
That whisper brings forgotten
into an arena where violence has traduced everything. This faithful voice
can illuminate the dark lands of despair. It becomes
both the sign and presence
of a transcendence that no force or horror can extinguish.
Each day in the
world, in the prisons, hospitals and killing fields,
against all the odds, this still, small voice continues
to echo the beauty of the
human being. In haunted places this voice carries the light of beauty like
lantern to transform desolation, to remind us that regardless of what may
be wrenched from us, there is a dignity and hope that we do not have to
lose. This voice brings us directly into contact
with the inalienable presence
in the soul.’
for August 14, Twentieth Sunday of the Year
Today in our readings
we are challenged to look at equality. We focus
in the gospel on a woman – a Canaaite woman. She
is like many women today who feel excluded especially
from the table of worship or those who struggle
to care for others - children, family, parent,
etc, or like the single parents who are unable
to procure good health care for their children;
like those just left out because of their national
or ethnic background; and like those who are intimidated
The wonderful thing
about this story is that this woman doesn’t let
place of women stop her. She challenges the rigid
rules, she keeps talking, she, actually addresses
Jesus, a teacher. The apostles are embarrassed
and want her shut up for their own selfish needs.
How often are we embarrassed when someone speaks
out for others or for Justice. Jesus ignores
her but this woman knows that she must have courage.
She is speaking for her daughter – so often this
is what women do – speak for others.
Then, when Jesus
responds she is able to respond to him with intelligence
and Jesus very clearly lets us know what he thinks.
It’s like “Wow, what faith this woman has!”
does not condemn her.
Sometimes when there
is the need to speak up we can feel it is not
the appropriate time or place but we believe that
must. It may be for another, or it maybe
we see injustice and or when it seems that
people who we would expect the right, ethical response
from, are silent or in some instances work
justice. It seems that what is required of
to have faith – faith in the knowledge of
God of Love who we believe in and faith in
has not only taught but also lived out in
Warren Carter writes:
“ …Jesus overcomes ethnic, cultural, political,
gender and religious barriers.”… “They’ll know
are Christian by our love” – not by hate, not
by fear, not be excluding anyone. We keep drawing
where only ‘me and mine’ belong. We can
think the circles will keep ‘us’ safe and keep
- whoever they may be.
God keeps drawing
bigger circles. God’s circles are meant to invite
in. Lucky for us, otherwise we might
find ourselves on the outside.
There is a wonderful phrase “the wild extravagance of God”. Let us
be ‘wildly extravagant’ as God, and show this in
the way we
live out the gospel values of Jesus.
Commentary on September 3
included this quote
that Ted had stated in St Vincent’s Church
us whites, Reconciliation starts not with guilt
but with the acknowledgment of the truth. Unspeakable
atrocities were perpetuated. Guilt is a wasted
emotion; it cannot be passed down, for Christ
has taken guilt away….Shame is another matter.
share the shame… It is true that shame brings
its own embarrassing confusion. But there is a
exit from that confusion… When Aborigines notice
that we non-Aborigines are beginning to see that
our liberation is bound up with theirs, the healing
power of TRUTH will begin to set each of us free.”
Also included was
a quote from Tich Nat Hanh “The root of terrorism
is misunderstanding, hatred and violence. This
root cannot be located by the military. Bombs
and missiles cannot reach it, let alone destroy
Only with the practice of deep listening and
compassion can it be transformed and removed.
We need a collective
awakening to stop this course of self- destruction.”
Francis of Assisi - Tuesday October 4
Collated by Sheila Quonoey