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Feast Day, 22 July // St Mary Magdalene / Mary Magdalene has been a victim of mistaken identity for almost 20 centuries. Yet she would no doubt insist that it makes no difference. We are all sinners in need of the saving power of God, whether our sins have been lurid or not. More importantly, we are all with her “unofficial” witnesses of the Resurrection.
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Matthew 12:7 // "I desire mercy, not sacrifice. If you knew what this meant, you would not have condemned"
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// Pope Francis said, "Mercy is a true form of knowledge that allows men and women to understand the mystery of God's love for humanity." We see the same message in Hosea 6:6. God prefers love and knowledge of Him than burnt offerings. To know God is to know His love and mercy, which we are called to show to and be as Christians ✝️

Nourish your souls with the good stuff so that you have the capacity to produce good fruits - Mandela was onto something there!

Fr Morgan Batt, a priest of the Archdiocese of Brisbane, has recently climbed his 217th mountain by conquering Musala, a 2925m peak on the Balkan Peninsula in Bulgaria and even celebrated Mass at the top! He says, "Many priests, bishops, monks, popes and saints climbed mountains. I'm part of that heritage." What a legend! Read more in this weekend's paper 📰

FEAST DAY: 11 July // St Benedict of Norcia, the Father of Western Monasticism,
Pray for us!

Monday may almost be over but let this revelation to St Jacinta Marto be motivation for us all this week... or for life! ✨

Mabel Saah fled her hometown Monrovia in West Africa to escape the attacks of rebel forces. She never imagined they'd be living in Australia 27 years later and leading Blue Sky Divine Mercy Mission. Read her story in this weekend's paper! 📰 #humansofthechurch

6 July // Feast Day of St Maria Goretti | Maria is the youngest canonised saint in the Church. She was 12 years old when her 20-year old neighbour Alessandro demanded her virginity by threatening her with violence. She prevented him from violating her but was stabbed fourteen times. She was hospitalised for a few days but the lacerations were too severe. Her last words were, "I forgive Alessandro Serenelli... I want him with me in heaven forever." While Alessandro was in prison, Maria visited him in a dream offering flowers. When he woke up he was changed, he relented and begged Maria's mother for forgiveness. After he was released, he entered a monastery as a brother and later went to celebrate Maria's canonisation at St Peter's Square. Near the end of his life he wrote, "When I was 20 years old, I committed a crime of passion. Now, that memory represents something horrible for me. Maria Goretti, now a Saint, was my good Angel, sent to me through Providence to guide and save me. I still have impressed upon my heart her words of rebuke and of pardon." St Maria Goretti, pray for us!

A little wisdom for your Wednesday afternoon ✨

@franciscus: "The 5th of July is the feast of Venezuela’s independence. I assure my prayer for this beloved Nation and I express my closeness to the families that have lost children in the street protests. I appeal for an end to the violence and that a peaceful and democratic solution may be found to the crisis. May Our Lady of Coromoto intercede for Venezuela!”

3 July: Feast Day of St Thomas the Appstle // He doubted the resurrection of Jesus until he put his own finger into Christ's wounds. St Thomas continued his mission by evangelising in India. According to an ancient story, he gave powerful assistance in constructing a church in a place where pagan priests opposed it. He is known to be the patron saints for architects, builders and India.
Saint Thomas the Apostle, Pray for us!

Brisbane, we have a new Bishop! We welcome for the first time auxiliary Bishop Ken Howell ordained today for Brisbane.

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