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Lent Program 2008 - Journey to the heart

Journey to the Heart
An Australian pilgrimage to renew our life in Christ and with one another.
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The Beatles once told the world “all you need is love.” Pope Benedict’s fi rst encyclical, Deus Caritas Est explored the theme of love. He writes of the spiritual ecstasy of love: “Love is indeed ‘ecstasy’, not in the sense of a moment of intoxication, but rather as a journey, an ongoing exodus out of the closed inward-lookingself towards its liberation through self-giving, and thus towards authentic self-discovery and indeed the discovery of God.”
Such is the theme of this year’s Lenten offering, Journey to the Heart, which invites us to refl ect on this pilgrimage into the heart of God and into one another’s hearts in our Australian context. Pilgrimage is a particularly apt theme for us to explore as we enter into the spirit of World Youth Day 2008 which will attract hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to Sydney to celebrate our faith.
I am reminded of the difference between a pilgrim and a tourist. There is a story of a man who was asked where he went for his holiday. He replied, “You will have to ask my wife. She bought the tickets.” A tourist may journey to have a break, whereas a pilgrim takes a break to experience the journey. A tourist may set forth seeking a change of scenery, whereas a pilgrim sets forth seeking a change of heart. A tourist brings back souvenirs as a reminder of the journey, whereas a pilgrim becomes the souvenir, reminding the world of how God has changed their life.
As Christians, we are the “pilgrim church,” journeying together into the heart of God. It is a journey we begin in earnest on Ash Wednesday when we seek to turn away from all that separates us from the God who loves us more than we could ever imagine. We journey also on a mission, exhorted at every Eucharist to “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” With St Paul we recognise we have not reached the goal of this journey: “Straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:13-14).

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