Journey 38 - Winter 2009
This issue’s cover photo depicts the beautiful grounds of Jamberoo Abbey. This striking image offers us but one perspective on a constantly changing landscape.
Our church and world are also in a state of flux. We can all list the bad news stories which cause us anxiety, disillusionment and, in some cases, despair. There is a danger of becoming fixated on just one photo of the landscape: an endless Winter. The media sometimes fixates our view too. Bishop Peter’s message reminds us of the benefits and challenges of media. As participants and consumers of media, we are called not to distort or obscure the truth of our church and world.
Messages of endless Summer or Winter are equally dishonest. Our church offers us the rhythm of seasons: Ordinary Time, Lent, Easter, Advent, Christmas. We know our lives imitate these seasons. We go through periods of growth, death and new life.
Other articles in this issue remind us of the many signs of Spring within our church: Schools Week and the work of our catechists, the inspiring work of Catholic Mission with our indigenous people and the continued enthusiasm of the youth around the WYD journey of the Cross and Icon.
The name change of Centacare to CatholicCare also reminds us that while our church experiences many changes, the heart of our mission remains the same.
I pray that we continue to cooperate with the Spirit through all the seasons of the church and world, remaining constant in faith and hope, knowing that the Resurrection promises us a new Spring beyond every Winter.
Richard McMahon (editor)