Tag Archives: sacraments

Called to holiness

Christ calling the apostles

We are all called to sanctity

Many  think only a few extraordinary people are called to sanctity and that it is sufficient for the rest to limit themselves to being good. But God has loved everyone and he wants all to love him with their whole heart, soul, mind and strength. All are called to sanctity and sanctity is within the reach of all. In this meditation we will consider how:

  • God has called each and everyone from all eternity to fulfill a mission
  • Christ loves everyone and he wants all to love him in return
  • To bear fruit we must be branches very united to the vine who is Christ
  • We are united to Christ through prayer, penance, the sacraments and fulfilling his will

The barren fig tree

Christ and the fig treeChrist tells the apostles that it was he who chose them and appointed them to go out and bear fruit, fruit that would abide. He has said the same thing to us. In this meditation we consider:

New DVDs on the Catholic faith

DVD Cover final

 

Finally, after three years and hundreds of hours in the making, my book and DVDs of instructions on the Catholic faith are out. Entitled Journey into Truth, they consist of 24 half-hour talks on the faith based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, with beautiful high-definition film clips, images and quotations to make the study of the faith very attractive. They follow the Catechism closely and comprehensively, with nine talks on the Creed, five on the Sacraments, eight on Moral life in Christ and two on prayer. To watch a trailer of the DVDs go to artsmp.com.au.

The book, with a Foreword by Bishop Anthony Fisher, Bishop of the diocese of Parramatta and recently appointed Archbishop of Sydney, contains the full text of the talks plus questions for discussion and points to remember. It is published by Connor Court in Australia, the U.S. and the U.K. The DVDs are produced by Arts Media Productions in Sydney.

The program is ideal for RCIA and other parish faith formation groups, youth groups, schools, catechists and families.

Available from book stores and other outlets.

 

Meditation on formation for evangelisation

Recent Popes have been calling on the Church to carry out the new evangelisation – the passing on of the love and truth of Jesus Christ to the world. But in order to share our faith with others we must first know it and put it into practice. In this meditation we consider how we can come to know our faith better and live it out, so that we can communicate it more effectively to others. Among the points we consider are:

  • Christ spent time forming the apostles
  • We too need formation to carry out our mission of spreading the Gospel
  • Much depends on this formation: our own sanctification and happiness, and our ability to help others
  • This formation involves the spiritual, doctrinal, human and apostolic aspects
  • We can acquire this formation in a variety of ways, e.g., reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other books, attending talks, frequenting the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and Penance, prayer, including the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and more…