A Time For Prayers
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Year 12s this week as they commence important external examinations. As one year level concludes another one begins and we have already conducted a very successful Year 7 Orientation Day for next year’s students. Enrolments remain very strong at the College and I certainly encourage current and prospective families to lodge applications early to avoid disappointment.
It is also an important week in the Church’s year with the celebration of All Saints’ Day on 1 November and All Souls’ Day on 2 November. All Saints’ Day is an opportunity for us to remember all saints and martyrs throughout Christian history. In the year 609 Pope Boniface IV decided to remember all martyrs and it was later extended to include all saints. All Souls’ Day is celebrated on the following day and is an opportunity for us to pray for and remember all the faithful departed.
Most of us are familiar with the Ten Commandments. Last weekend in my parish, we were reminded that the first five books of the Old Testament (the Torah) contains 613 commandments. 248 were written in positive terms (‘thou shalt’) and 365 (‘thou shalt not’). In reply to a Pharisee’s question about the ‘greatest commandment’ Jesus mentions the love of God but also gives equal importance to the second commandment of ‘love your neighbour’ as yourself. A lovely message for all of us as the end of a busy year approaches!