The warmth of the midday sun has restorative powers, bringing healing and strength to our minds and bodies. You are invited to pause at midday and pray with confident trust for our world that is in need of healing.
Let us be for our world beacons of hope and trust. May God bless and strengthen us. Confide all to God. See how God carries us through the storms. ST MARY OF THE CROSS MACKILLOP
Each day of the Novena begins with the appropriate words from St Mary of the Cross:
Day 1: The prayer of a humble heart is a powerful weapon. 26/04/1873
Day 2: Have good courage, for God is so very good to us all. 06/01/1870
Day 3: Let us never forget that God has done wonders for us and wonderfully protected us in our helplessness. 03/03/1882
Day 4: Do have courage. 15/01/1872
Day 5: God has always helped me and I have more than ever cause to trust in Him. 10/03/1874
Day 6: God is good and has brought light and help when all was very dark. 18/01/1899
Day 7: How good God is to me/us and how much reason I/we have to be grateful. 22/02/1899
Day 8: In God alone I trust. 12/1874
Day 9: Let us be joyful and thank God. 19/03/1874
Let us pray.
God ever faithful, giver and sustainer of life,
you know the depths of our pain as we journey through this time of unknowing.
Hear our voices and the cry of our hearts.
Guide us to the most life-giving ways open to us.
St Joseph, man of courage, you protected Mary and Jesus when they were in danger.
Cradle us now safely in this same protecting embrace.
May we, like you, extend this care to our world in need.
St Mary of the Cross, you faced difficult times with a heart filled with trust,
always believing in the watchful presence of God.
Walk with us now in this difficult time,
and may we be for others, examples of confident hope and trust.
St Joseph and St Mary of the Cross pray with us in this time of need.
Used with permission from the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart
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Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.