• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 09:23

A humble Church - what would that look like?


Henry Headshot 2019 150 Light backgroundAs the headlines continue to swirl around the Catholic Church in Australia it is a distressing time for both victims of abuse and also for regular Catholics who have been rocked by one scandal after another for years.

We often hear the phrase that these years of crisis and shame have led to a “humbler” Church and lately I’ve been wondering what that humbler Church might look like in practice.

Certainly, a humble Church would be one without all the trappings of power and prestige and the toxic culture that this can lead to.

It would be a Christ-centred, universal community of faith, nourished by Word and sacrament.

It would be a mission-focused Church, that is, one that looks outwards, instead of inwards on itself.

It would be a Church whose members, as baptised Christians, would seek to share the love of Christ, which they themselves have received. And they would be empowered and encouraged to do this.

In doing so, we would seek first the poorest and the most vulnerable and marginalised and we would walk with them, and gather them in to the embrace of a loving God.

A humble Church is one firmly grounded in the world around it – aware of the needs and the deepest desires of the people we encounter and prepared to meet those needs through practical and spiritual means.

Every crisis brings opportunity. And here in this place, right now at this time, it seems to me that we have the opportunity to transform the image of a humble Church into reality. Only we, all of us, with God, can make it happen. I suspect the Plenary Council will be able to assist us in our task.

As we head towards Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, may our prayer be for new life to spring forth from the ashes. That is the promise and the foundation of our faith.

Yours in the Word,

Fr Henry Adler SVD,