Archbishop urges new 'spirituality of Sunday'

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Canberra-Goulburn has said that a "deeply restless culture" requires a "new spirituality of the Lord's Day".

In his pastoral letter to mark the beginning of Advent, Archbishop Coleridge writes that the Lord's Day must be "consciously counter-cultural". He said Catholics need to say 'no' to some things in order to say "yes" to something greater and deeper.

"It will require a certain discipline in order to find rest for our souls. It will also require a new kind of creativity and imagination," Archbishop Coleridge writes.

"Without the Eucharist, Sunday cannot be the Lord's Day. It may also mean saying 'yes' to other forms of prayer, family prayer of some kind, the Morning or Evening Prayer of the Church or even the Rosary prayed in an especially festive way."

Archibishop Coleridge added a special meal, due to its Eucharistic overtones, could also be a way of making Sunday stand out and bring the family together.

"The Lord's Day is also a good time to invite the lonely and the poor to the table. It may even be a good time for some restful silence."

Look beyond the distractions (Catholic Voice, December 2007)

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Text - Archbishop Coleridge's Advent Pastoral Letter

5 Dec 2007