The Easter season celebrates the light in the darkness, the resurrection after the crucifixion. When we are suffering and struggling, we know there will be light at the end. There is nothing more hopeful than the Easter story. If we can have the courage to believe it and really take it to heart, we will bring this message to the world we inhabit. If it was embraced across the world in every place and in the heart of all, then what a world this would be. Lord, grant us the courage to believe.
Emerging from a cold tomb
All the truth, majesty and creativity of a living God
Transforming a broken heart
Making a quiet return, in a still and sorrowful garden
The gravestone rolled away, to release redemptive love
Jesus resurrected and restored
Comforts a weeping woman
Speaks with travellers on a journey
Meets with his faithful friends
And they bow down before Christ alive
And acknowledged that the saviour has arrived
That the word of God has come alive
And that the extraordinary transformation of heaven and earth
"Love overcame" poem by Julie Palmer © Copyright 2017 Capernaum Publishing, England. All rights reserved.
College Anzac Service 2019
May the lives of those who have bravely fought for our country inspire us all to live lives of resilience, persistence, courage and faith!
Our College Anzac Service was held the first day back this term, only three days after Easter Sunday. For Australians, the message of Anzac resonates with the Easter message – that from something dreadful and destructive can come something good, something life-enhancing, something which can make us free. Led in prayer by College Chaplain, Fr Chris Ketsore sm, on April 24 we gathered to remember those who have fallen in war so that we might live in freedom. We gathered to remember that our God continually calls us to work for justice, love and peace. We gathered to celebrate the power of forgiveness. We gathered to be inspired by the courage of those – many of whom remain nameless – who have given their lives for us. As has become a tradition we prayed especially for Old Boys Max Clegg and John Gerrard (World War II) and Stepjan (Rick) Milosevic (Afghanistan) who were killed in action, and all Old Boys who have served the nation through military service.
Our Occasional Address was this year delivered by Marist parent Major Richard (Blue) Adams, currently serving in the 6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, at Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera. With 29 years of active military service, Major Adams was able to relate the Anzac story and its origins and tradition to the boys in a wonderfully relatable way. Running behind his presentation, Major Adams had a pictorial history of the major conflicts in which Australia has been involved since 1914 which added considerably to the educational value of the address. Major Adams is well acquainted with the College having three sons attend Marist – Liam, Luke and Ben (Year 12 2019). We thank Richard and Majella Adams for their support of the College over these many years.
Following the lighting of candles for peace, our concluding prayer read:
The Father of mercies has given us an example of unselfish love
in the sufferings of his only Son.
Through your service of God and neighbour
may you receive his countless blessings.
You believe that by his dying
Christ destroyed death forever.
May he give you everlasting life.
Peace is God's gift to the world:
May the Holy Spirit be the breath of life
to those who labour in its cause.
May God the Father show us the light of his face, may Christ our peace grant us strength and courage and may the Holy Spirit bring us the fire of his love, and remain with us this day and always.