Twelve delegates have been commissioned to represent the Perth Archdiocese at the Plenary Council, which Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB says could be a “San Damiano moment” to renew the Church in Australia. Source: The eRecord.
More than 100 worshippers congregated for Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, 4 October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi attended the ceremony.
“St Francis of Assisi, who once kneeling before a crucifix hanging in a half-ruined church, the church of San Damiano, seemed to hear a voice from the crucifix speaking to him and saying, ‘Go and rebuild my Church which is falling into ruins’,” Archbishop Costelloe told the congregation.
“At first, he thought these words referred to the half-ruined building in which he found himself, so he immediately set himself the task of restoring that church building to its original beauty.
“It was only through prayer, trusting faith and patience that Francis came to understand that the Lord was asking something much more important, that Francis, through his radical commitment to the Gospel, might lead the whole Church to a renewal of its original beauty and to a deeper fidelity.”
While the Plenary Council might well be our “San Damiano moment”, Archbishop Costelloe noted that this call by the Lord is not a call to tear down the Church and start again from scratch.
“The Plenary Council, whose delegates from our part of the Church we commission this morning, will be engaged in the same task – not to tear down the Lord’s Church and create one of our own but, rather, work with the power of God‘s Spirit to restore and renew the Church and enable it to be all that the Lord is calling it, calling us, to be.”
‘Do not tear down the Lord’s Church, instead renew and restore it’ – Archbishop Costelloe (By Amanda Murthy, The eRecord)