WHAT DEFINES US : ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT

At his recent installation as Archbishop of Philadelphia , Archbishop Chaput O.F.M made the following very significant point :


"But the Church is not defined by her failures.  And you and I are not defined by critics or by those who dislike us.  What we do in the coming months and years to respond to these challenges – that will define who we really are.  And in engaging that work, we need to be Catholics first.  Jesus Christ is the center of our lives, and the Church is our mother and teacher.  Everything we do should flow from that.But the Church is not defined by her failures.  And you and I are not defined by critics or by those who dislike us.  What we do in the coming months and years to respond to these challenges – that will define who we really are.  And in engaging that work, we need to be Catholics first.  Jesus Christ is the center of our lives, and the Church is our mother and teacher.  Everything we do should flow from that."
ARCHBISHOP CHAPUT ENTERING PHILADELPHIA'S CATHEDRAL FOR HIS INSTALLATION
There is very much more in Archbishop Chaput's Homily thaat merits our close attention for it is a veritable "masterclass"on the role of the Bishop and his relationship with his flock, with very apt quotes from St. Augustine. When we look at the number of Sees in Australia needing to be filled now, and in the immediate future, these are all the more matters for consideration for us - Toowoomba, Brisbane, Rockhampton, Perth, Hobart et al. spring to mind. Philadelphia Felix!






http://catholicphilly.com/2011/09/news/archbishop-chaputs-homily/

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