“I don’t know about you, but it’s been a very, very tough year,” Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said, reflecting on 2019 during a Facebook Live session. Source: The Catholic Leader.
“… We’re preparing for what we call a Plenary Council; we’ve got to make big decisions about the future, and that in itself can create a particular kind of pressure,” he said during a half-hour session in which he talked frankly about challenges facing the Church, the nation and the world, and answered online questions.
“Across the nation we’ve had droughts and fires … a lot of people are doing it very hard at this time in this country.
“If you look around the world it’s not much better – all kinds of political problems, economic problems, there’s all the usual problems and the world in many ways looks in bad shape.”
However, in a world that can feel “dark, empty and chaotic”, Archbishop Coleridge said during the season of Advent the voice that cried out was “the voice of hope”.
“Real hope is at the heart of Christianity,” he said. “Christmas itself is when God becomes one of us (and) is also a feast of hope.
“The story of ancient Israel very often seemed hopeless. And time and time again the chosen people had to rummage through the ruins in search of hope in the midst of what seemed to be hopelessness. And it’s really that rummaging through a seemingly hopeless situation that generates the Bible that we have.”
Archbishop Coleridge asked his Facebook audience “What is your experience with hopelessness? Because it is precisely at that point that God can break through.”
Joy, from Gayndah, asked: “For those with a seemingly endless drought – where is the hope?”
“The drought has devastated not only the land but is also devastating human families and lives. And it is no secret that suicide is associated with drought – a sense of despair – there is no hope,” Archbishop Coleridge said.
He said there was a necessity to stand and walk with people on the land who were suffering from the drought and fires. He also called for prayers for rain.
Archbishop Coleridge shares thoughts on major issues and offers hope on Facebook Live (The Catholic Leader)