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A vocation of love

A vocation of love

This is Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s  homily  from the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral on October 4  THEY say that God has a sense of humour. It would seem to be so given that here today, as we celebrate long years of marriage, the figure which God gives us to interpret your journey, the deeper meaning of your ... Read More »

Shared humanity must be the focus

Shared humanity must be the focus

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge ISLAM has been much in the news in recent days. A great deal has been said and written, some of it seriously misinformed. Christianity and Islam have had a tortured history, and there’s a need to focus at a time of tension like this. The word “Islam” means peace; and certainly Muhammad brought peace to the ... Read More »

Caritas Australia has served faithfully for 50 years

Caritas Australia has served faithfully for 50 years

This is the homily Archbishop Mark Coleridge delivered on September 21 at a Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane, for Caritas Australia’s 50th anniversary. I’M not at all sure what a Fair Pay Commission would make of what we have just heard (in the Gospel, Matthew 20:1-16a, Parable of the labourers in the vineyard). I suspect that they would at ... Read More »

Reach out in generosity

Reach out in generosity

This is Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily for the Annual Catholic Campaign delivered at parishes across Brisbane archdiocese last weekend. IN the Gospel we’ve just heard, Jesus speaks to Nicodemus.  He’s the man who came to Jesus under cover of dark because he was afraid of what his fellow Jews might think of him meeting with the troublesome rabbi.  Nicodemus says ... Read More »

List for leaders

List for leaders

  PRAYER, listening and humility are on Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s list of “dos and don’ts” for Christian leaders.  Read on for the entire list by Archbishop Coleridge. IT was suggested to me recently that I might compose a simple list of “dos and don’ts” for someone new to the episcopal ministry.   Partly to satisfy my own curiosity I did ... Read More »

Standing forever in the light of Easter

Standing forever in the light of Easter

This is Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge’s homily from the Mass for the Solemnity of St Mary of the Cross in St Stephen’s Cathedral on August 8. IN what we have just heard from the lips of Jesus himself, the word “worry” in one form or another occurs no less than five times. He says: “I am telling you not to ... Read More »

Etched on hearts

Etched on hearts

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge WELL, I made it to Nigeria and back without too many hiccups along the way. But my days there were much more than a matter of survival. The experience was unforgettable. By Australian standards, the place seems chaotic. You can’t assume that there’ll be power when you flick a switch; nor can you assume that there’ll ... Read More »

Church without borders

Church without borders

By Archbishop Mark Coleridge BY the time you read this, I will already be in Nigeria. As I write, I’m looking forward to my first visit there, which will also be my first real visit to sub-Saharan Africa. Some years ago, I was in Cape Town for a meeting, but we were holed up in a hotel for five days, ... Read More »

On God’s mission

This is a homily Archbishop Mark Coleridge gave at the ordination Mass of Leonard Uzuegbu and Martin Larsen at St Stephenís Cathedral, Brisbane, on June 27. WAY back in 1966, the German Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner wrote a short piece about the priest of the future; and what he wrote has turned out to be prophetic. It made a great ... Read More »

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