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  • HOMILY FOR THE MASS OF THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
    by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on January 2, 2022 at 3:17 am

    Some of you may know T.S. Eliot’s dramatic poem The Journey of the Magi, which he wrote in 1927 over half a bottle of gin.[i]It’s an unusual account of the expedition and its aftermath, told in the voice of one of the kings. The post HOMILY FOR THE MASS OF THE FEAST OF THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • HOMILY FOR THE MIDNIGHT MASS OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD
    by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on December 25, 2021 at 9:46 am

    We all love a good ghost story. : In the highest grossing film of 1990, Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg, there was romance, comedy, mystery and cheesiness. But like many such films, it bumped up against the metaphysical problem of bringing spiritual and material beings together. The post HOMILY FOR THE MIDNIGHT MASS OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • HOMILY FOR THURSDAY 4TH WEEK OF ADVENT
    by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on December 23, 2021 at 9:41 am

    If ever you get to travel overseas again, and you find yourself in Florence, I suggest you stop at the Dominican Priory of San Marco. There between 1438 and 1452 the great Dominican painter, Blessed Fra Angelico, and team made over fifty frescoes and altarpieces, many of which are still in situ, making it the largest surviving group of related works by any Italian renaissance artist. The post HOMILY FOR THURSDAY 4TH WEEK OF ADVENT appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • HOMILY FOR END-OF-YEAR CAS STAFF MASS
    by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on December 22, 2021 at 10:20 am

    ‘The great slave revolt’: so the 19th-century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche called the triumph of Christianity in the ancient world and he thought it no good thing.[1] Before Judaeo-Christianity came to dominate the West, he thought, morality was based on a distinction between virtuous individuals The post HOMILY FOR END-OF-YEAR CAS STAFF MASS appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • FERVERINO FOR THE 17th ANNUAL CAROLS WITH THE ARCHBISHOP AND THE WORLD YOUTH DAY ORCHESTRA
    by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on December 19, 2021 at 4:29 am

    Where do Christmas carols come from? Our word carol derives from the medieval Latin word choraula and medieval French word carole, a secular circle-dance accompanied by one or more singing minstrels. The post FERVERINO FOR THE 17th ANNUAL CAROLS WITH THE ARCHBISHOP AND THE WORLD YOUTH DAY ORCHESTRA appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMN PONTIFICAL MASS FOR 4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT Year C
    by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on December 18, 2021 at 10:35 pm

    There’s an old Peanuts comic in which Snoopy is doing his happy dance at the turn of the year. : The ever-bleak Lucy shouts out, “How can you be happy when you don’t know what this year has in store for you? Don’t you worry about all the things that can go wrong?” The post HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMN PONTIFICAL MASS FOR 4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT Year C appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • HOMILY FOR MASS OF THE DEDICATION OF A CHURCH
    by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on December 11, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    “You are the rock on which I will build my Church,” Jesus says to Peter this morning (Mt 16:13-19). “You are God’s building… the temple in which the spirit dwells,” St. Paul says to the Corinthians as well (1 Cor 3:9-17). Why, then, do we bother to build churches for God of dead stones when each of us is His living building? The post HOMILY FOR MASS OF THE DEDICATION OF A CHURCH appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • NSW Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice- Inquiry into Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill
    by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on December 9, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to address the Committee this morning. I appear on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of NSW and the Bishops of the Australasian‐Middle East Christian Apostolic Churches. The faithful of our communities make up a quarter of the population of this state. The post NSW Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice- Inquiry into Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • HOMILY FOR THE MASS OF ORDINATION TO THE EPISCOPATE OF MOST REV. DANNY MEAGHER
    by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on December 7, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    The presence tonight of bishops from both the Latin and Oriental Rites, Catholic and Orthodox, reminds us that today’s feast is an ancient one, celebrated both in East and West: the Conception in Saint Anne of Holy Mary Mother of God. The post HOMILY FOR THE MASS OF ORDINATION TO THE EPISCOPATE OF MOST REV. DANNY MEAGHER appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • HOMILY FOR THE LOURDES DAY MASS FOR THE ORDER OF MALTA
    by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on December 4, 2021 at 3:43 am

    “When Jesus saw the crowds, he felt sorry for them, because they were harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd” (Mt 9:35-10:8). Our translation “felt sorry for” misses the mark: it’s both mild and aloof. But our English word ‘sorry’ does share the same root as the word ‘sore’, just as our words ‘sympathy’ and ‘compassion’ share roots with ‘pathos’ and ‘passion’. The post HOMILY FOR THE LOURDES DAY MASS FOR THE ORDER OF MALTA appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.