Light in Darkness

Carmel Bulletin, 12 April 2021 At the inauguration of US President Joe Biden in January, poet Amanda Gorman's recitation began with a question: When day comes we ask ourselves,where can we find light in this never-ending shade? Throughout our human existence, the struggle between light and darkness, between good and evil, has been constant.  While … Continue reading Light in Darkness

Changes to our Ash Wednesday Ritual

Carmel Bulletin, 14 February 2021 We are all used to the Ash Wednesday ritual. With a thumb dipped in ashes, a cross is marked on our foreheads, with the call: “Repent, and believe in the Gospel”, or the blunt reminder: “Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return”. This Wednesday, we will again … Continue reading Changes to our Ash Wednesday Ritual

The Advent Wreath

Carmel Bulletin, 16 December 2018 A short liturgical season such as Advent can be easily lost in Australia amidst the pre-Christmas hype and end-of-year rush to the summer holidays. As such, its symbols, prayers and music can help us to hold on to this time of joyful expectation. For many people, there is nothing more … Continue reading The Advent Wreath

Pick a branch, Any Branch

Carmel Bulletin, 4 March 2018 Sometimes we can get really hung up on words. Take “Palm” Sunday for example.  Yes, it was a practice in Palestine in Jesus’ time to use palm branches to welcome dignitaries.  Yet, when looking through a reputable Bible translation, only the gospel according to John specifically names palm branches.  In … Continue reading Pick a branch, Any Branch