On Saturday night, Fr Richard Shortall SJ was commissioned by Bishop Bill to be our Missionary of Mercy (MOM). Fr Richard had just travelled home to Australia from Rome where Pope Francis commissioned him, along with about 700 other priests, to be priests of mercy for anyone who might seek God’s love and mercy.
I believe that this Lenten season in the Year of Mercy is truly a time for self-examination, self-reflection, reconciliation, penance, forgiveness and healing. We all err in thought, word, in what we have done and it what we have failed to do.
The last time I sat to write my message to the diocesan and wider community was on Sunday, 20 December. I had drafted my last message for the year, having finished my Christmas cards, Christmas letter and gifts.