A Prayer for Our Time... The idea to build a community like Catholica Australia goes back a long way. One of the important milestones along the way was a competition we ran on the CathNews discussion board in 2002 in the immediate aftermath of the New York terrorist bombings. The competition invited members of our community to write "A Prayer for Our Time". Jo Shears won that competition with the multi-media prayer which we re-publish today on Catholica Australia. The words in her prayer continue to be so appropriate to "our time". We urge you to take the time to absorb them into your own day.
As importantly though, we hope the re-publication of this prayer helps rekindle some of the spirit of what we trust the Catholica Australia community might become — one that can reach out and help bridge those terrible political gulfs that are tearing our world, and our Church, apart. I hope one of the characteristics of all writers and contributors to Catholica Australia is that none of us pretend to have all the answers. We seek humbly to walk in the sandals, and mind, of Jesus Christ in solidarity with all those who struggle to find comfort and security in their lives without ourselves pretending we are the security. Our only ultimate security is found in the Mystery of the Divine alone.
It is an abomination and debasement of Jesus Christ to pretend that security can be found in rules, laws, structures and dogma. Such behaviours are sacrilegious and idolatrous.
At Catholica Australia we seek to foster an alternative, and far more authentic, understanding of what the true Catholic and Christ-like vision is. It is one characterised by pilgrimage and humility, not the kinds of certitude and rigidity of mind that ended up breeding the poison of 911 – and which, I submit, has contributed so much to reducing Catholicism and Christianity to a shadow of its former self. It's time, our time ... and this is our prayer! – Brian Coyne (Editor & Publisher) [THE PRAYER]
To view Jo Shear's multi-media reflection,
It's time, our time, this is our prayer,
click the image above.
We welcome comments in the forum from members, or as Letters to the Editor from Catholica subscribers, expressing your views on this commentary.
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