From Rome to Home: The Church in my Backyard

My friend wrote this! Go Anna!
“When I reflected on this, I could see that I was missing the point. If the Pope were to say something to me now, it would surely run along the lines of “Go home and share the gospel with your friends! I cannot do it. You have been inspired and equipped, now go!” I realise I have a new backyard, new neighbours; it’s the surrounding community. It is my call as a Catholic to bring the heart and message of the Church everywhere, I do not want it to stay in the Vatican.”

Evangelise Australia (NOE)

It’s been a month since I returned from a year in the Eternal City.  Let’s be honest, Sydney is not Rome.  No St Peter’s, rather than a Catholic Church every few metres, it’s every few kilometres and the Pope is not in my backyard.  So, with Pope Francis on the other side of the world, I am back home with my Parish Priest celebrating Mass in my humble parish church.  So I hope you will forgive me when at Mass I had this dispirited thought, “I could be in the Vatican with the Pope!  What am I going to do away from the heart of the Church?”

When I reflected on this, I could see that I was missing the point.  If the Pope were to say something to me now, it would surely run along the lines of “Go home and share the gospel with your friends!  I cannot…

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