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April 16th 2018
Published: April 16th 2018
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Last week Ron Rolheiser returned with another theme, ‘The Passion and the Cross’, much of this content is found in his recent book of the same name. As we have come to expect, his ‘take’ is usually unique. Rolheiser stressed Christ’s passivity, unlike Mel Gibson’s emphasis on the violence Christ endured as featured in his now famous movie. During last week the entire campus celebrated Earth Day. This was well-timed as spring has now transformed the barren winter landscape of January into a magnificent sea of soft green foliage and new growth. Birds, butterflies and young animals, especially squirrels, are everywhere glorifying their Creator. We celebrated with an outdoor Eucharist at the Grotto, the presider Frank Tanducci OMI, from South Africa apparently chosen for his affinity with nature, especially his interest in bird-watching. Lunch outside followed - a delicious sit down meal under the olive trees. It was no co-incidence that we also focused on 'Laudato Si’ this week! Three weeks ago we celebrated Easter Sunday and the memorable Vigil at St Francis parish. Some of us returned there today as we were curious to experience a ‘normal’ Sunday there. Again the church held a capacity congregation, probably as many as a thousand people. While the liturgy was less spectacular, it was still a joyful and lively event. The congregation comprised various ages, many family groups, including teenagers, and young children. Again there was singing and music and a high level of participation by the congregation. Baptism had been so prominent at the Vigil, I revisited the Easter Candle and Baptismal pool/font (pics).

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