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The Carmelites - offering you support

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The Carmelites of Australia & Timor-Leste offer you our support in these uncertain and difficult times.

We are praying for the whole world, and especially, for all those who are members of our wider Carmelite Family.
 
Each week we will offer a variety of prayers, reflections, Lectio Divina and liturgies to celebrate at home when you cannot celebrate in Church - our Celebrating at Home series.

Not an easy path

Living with COVID, especially in lockdown, it’s easy for us to get on each other’s nerves. Things that wouldn’t normally bother us, can become big issues. All our anxiety and negative feelings about what is happening to us during this time can come pouring out at the slightest provocation. Often it is those we are closest to who cop the brunt of our anger or retaliation.

 
The Gospel this weekend gives us a pathway to reconciliation and healing. Essentially, it is about remembering that if God has been so gracious in forgiving us, don’t we owe the same depth of forgiveness to each other?
 
That’s not an easy thing to do, of course. Often forgiveness is more a movement than a moment – it takes time, especially if the wounds are very deep. But we realise that hanging onto hurts and resentment eats away at us, continuing to do us harm and preventing reconciliation.
 
We don’t live our Christian lives in some kind of fantasy-land filled with pious thoughts and lovely dreams. We live it in the often harsh realities and difficult situations that human beings encounter.
 
How we live it depends on how much we have the same mind and heart as God.
 
Real life is the proving-ground of faith.

Read the full reflection for this Sunday

Join us in celebrating at home this Sunday using the links below.
 
Celebrating At Home for 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time PDF
Celebrating At Home for 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time EPUB

Lectio Divina for 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time PDF
Lectio Divina for 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time EPUB

 

 

 We continue to hold you all in our hearts and in our prayer.

Remember, you are not alone - we are praying for you and your loved ones.

'The light shines in the darkness, a light that darkness cannot overpower.' (John 1:5)
 

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