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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Jam, bone Pastor, Petre, clemens accipe!

Firstly, a very happy and very blessed Feast. Please pray for Father McDaniels, whose anniversary is today. It is also the anniversary of Melbourne's vocations director, Father Denton - and so too, I believe, the anniversary of the Holy Father.

A solemn Mass will be celebrated this evening at 7:30pm at St Aloysius. From the website: "Fr John Walshe’s silver jubilee Mass – St Aloysius’, Friday 29th June at 7.30pm: our good friend Fr Walshe (Parish Priest of Mentone) will celebrate Solemn Mass for the Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul, in this Silver Jubilee year of his priestly ordination. Please make every effort to attend."

Everything seems a little bit overwhelming for the minute. I'm left feeling a case of 'reaping that which you did not sow'. Thanks be to God for His faithful warriors, and His devoted intercessors. Do begin to pray for those who don't yet know what we are making such a fuss about, but whose conversions will flower as a result. For the priestly and religious vocations that will be awakened, for Catholic marriages, and for the babies that will be born. The Holy Father knows all this. Then will follow a new sense of order, attentiveness, and a victory of the Beautiful. And a Sacred Silence. I think Pope Benedict wants us to Listen.

It makes the mission of the whole 2008 thing that much more pertinent and exciting. So much to say. Please pray for us.

When I see a hardcopy of the document, I think it will involve some jumping accompanied by much hand clapping.

Deus, qui hodiernam diem Apostolorum tuorum Petri et Pauli martyrio consecrasti: da Ecclesiae tuae, eorum in omnibus sequi praeceptum; per quos religionis sumpsit exordium.

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