The Rule of St Benedict opens with an impassioned call for the reader to “Listen”. The purpose of listening, the Rule continues, is not just for the sake of hearing, but so that the one who listens might obey and so grow in faithfulness to the call of the Christian life. The Latin root of the word “obedience”, which in today’s thinking can be something we need to outgrow, has the additional meaning “to listen, harken to”.
Last week, with a few other members of the diocesan community, I participated in the Australian Pastoral Musicians Network Conference in Melbourne. It was wonderful. I shall tell you more about it another time. There we met Nick Wagner and Diana Macalintal who are facilitating our Diocesan RCIA Workshop Day on October 19. They are as excited about coming here as we are about hosting them. Today I would like to introduce you to Nick via Fr. Andrew’s review of one of his recent books. The review is also a great introduction to our Workshop Day. October 19 is an opportunity for anyone who is Catholic to seize. It is about who we are and how we live. Read on and then ‘come and see!’!