Some months ago, one of the good ladies in Nambour, a real Catholic, organised a petition to have the Tabernacle returned to the main body of the assembly space - thereby making it a Catholic church. Although the petition was privately carried out mainly by one person the response was excellent - some 120 people signed.-----W-----
The petition was given to the Parish Priest and then to the Archbishop.
His Grace in a written reply stated Overall it is a matter that needs to be decided by the Priest and the parishioners. I respect the decision that has been made.
Now, a petition of 120 people, privately gained by one person, indicates that a very large portion of parishioners want the Tabernacle back where it belongs.
Further, should parishioners ever be given the chance to gather as a group and discuss the full implications of the Tabernacle space and become conscious of the issues involved, the great majority would be urgent about its swift return.
That being the case, then one might have thought that the Archbishop might have the same respect for this petition from parishioners as he gave to the removal of the Tabernacle.
I mentioned this to him in my reply, on behalf of the petitioners. His secretary replied to that, that it is not the Archbishop's intention to make further comment on this issue.
Christmas in the new millennium!
There have been numerous suggestions that our calculation of times - of days, of months, of years - have been in error. Even Anne Catherine Emmerich, in her visions, has intimated that there is a six year difference. In her case, the end of this century would have been in 1994/5!
I have a great respect for this wonderful person of history, A. C. Emmerich, as I have for others who have maintained that the calculation of times are inaccurate.
However, I think that the calculation of times is no longer of importance in relation to the spiritual sequence of events which are absolutely in the hands of God.
God decides the sequence of spiritual events in accordance with the need of souls. What else? Jesus Christ is Saviour and that means he is
Saviour of souls.
The whole process of Catholic Salvation is aligned to the needs of souls. Christ did not assume a human body and soul and then suffer every humiliation and torture for souls only to lose them.
God did not create souls providing them with a universe of magnificence and glory, of exquisite precision and of every gigantic wonder, only to lose them!
It is not possible for any evil, any power, no matter how successful they may seem to be, in warring against their Creator, to take victory over Him: to steal souls from Him.
So we come to another Christmas, and we can not be worried about whether it is the real new millennium or not, in God's Plans for us.
It is another Christmas and therefore we are that much closer to the era of The Holy Spirit; the Eucharistic era; the era of The Universal Church; the era in which the serpent, the red dragon will be completely absent, except perhaps in his offspring.
With this wonderful thought in mind, I want to wish all readers the most holy Christmas they have ever had; that every Grace from God will shower down upon them; that they will walk the world this Christmas in the Light of The Immaculate Conception and in the company of the Angels, Saints and Holy Souls; that they will enjoy and delight in, the company of the children of Mary on earth and that they will remain steadfast in Truth and Wisdom.
Love and Truth
The Catholic Encyclopaedia, pages 1039-1043, looks at the meaning of 'love'. It explains sensible and rational love and considers the important distinction involved in this all-encompassing word 'love', and muses on concupiscent and benevolent as well as the eros and agape elements that have an effect on 'love'. The Encyclopaedia considers the historical development of the insights into the word 'love'. It looks at Christian thought in this regard as well as 'love' at the level of sense and on the level of reason.
Different forms of 'love' are considered - disinterest love, love of self and others. It ponders the word in the light of the Old and the New Testament.
Now, the point I am making is that you don't get out of bed one morning and decide to get into this 'love' business.
It is important to know who to love and what to love. It is important to participate in the greatest form of love, as against bestial 'love' for example.
Scripture tells us to love God and to love neighbour.
It seems very clear to me that knowledge is vitally important in the matter of love. That is what Scripture is all about - Truth and Wisdom.
From the Truth and Wisdom of Scripture we become aware of the greatest form of Love - that is the Love of God; the Love that is God.
So, I make the point that 'love' without Truth or Wisdom, could be any one of the various forms and distinctions of love, but probably not, the Love of God. Indeed love without Wisdom could actually be lust - as in inordinate 'love' of the flesh.
It seems to me that 'love' without Truth is most likely to be anything but, the Love of God.
So important is Truth.
So important is the Truth of The Universal Church, the Truth of Christ Himself.
Therefore when we hear some eminent people in the community propound on 'love, love, love' but at the same time, veer away from Catholic discipline, the question has to be asked:- If that person is edging away from Truth is he not also edging away from Love?
It often amazes me about this simple business of Supreme-love, because if God is Love, then the matter starts and finishes with the fact that God shares His Love with us and we, then, share His Love with others. There hardly seems to be any more a person can say after that.
Any other 'love' is merely a created copy of that Love or even a false copy of It.
Mary and The Holy Spirit
In a recent Gospel reading at Mass (Luke 1:15) we read about John the Baptist and from the time when he is yet a child in his mother's womb he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost.
Then we read (Luke 1:41) No sooner had Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting then the child leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth herself was filled with the Holy Ghost.
No doubt the power of Mary's greeting was the result of the God-child within her womb, but it was STILL Mary's greeting.
Those intellectuals who seek to make Mary nothing more then a vessel, and a crude vessel at that, must go to a great deal of trouble to ignore such astonishing words as these from Scripture.