Experience ‘The Reflection’ this Lent

22/02/2011

Catholics across the country and around the world are being invited to join the Australian Bishops in their enormously popular online program 'The Reflection' this Lent.

Launched last year as an initiative of The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Commission for Mission and Faith Formation, the success of The Reflection 2010 was overwhelming. More than 30,000 people across Australia and around the world logged on each week during Lent to join the bishops in exploring and meditating on the Sunday Gospels using the prayerful method of lectio divina.

Chairman of the Bishops Commission for Mission and Faith Formation, Archbishop John Bathersby, said he hoped even more people would join in this year.

"It seems that providing this kind of online vehicle for personal and shared reflection on the Scriptures during Lent has tapped into a deep thirst that we all have to encounter God in our lives, wherever we are at," Archbishop Bathersby said.

"The first Reflection was an enriching experience not only for the tens of thousands of people who logged on and joined in the program, but also for we Bishops who took part and shared our personal Lenten pilgrimage through meditating on the Scripture readings.

"I invite everyone to join us with The Reflection again this year as we journey towards Easter together."

Archbishop Bathersby said an especially poignant part of this year’s program will be the inclusion of a tribute to and reflections from the late Bishop of Sandhurst, Bishop Joseph Grech, who died in December, after having filmed his contribution for The Reflection.

The Reflection will begin at midday on Monday 7 March and will comprise seven short weekly episodes posted on the website at the same time each Monday during Lent.

In each episode, the Bishops will provide their unique insight into what strikes them about the upcoming Gospel reading as well as considering what the reading teaches us and what it might mean for our lives.

The Reflection is perfect for Parish or family groups. For those who find it hard to get to group meetings, the episodes will be archived on the site, allowing people to log on at any time from home and work with it at their own pace and in their own time over the week.

You can join The Reflection each week by simply logging on to the website each week at http://thereflection.vividas.com

 


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