Today leaders of our Catholic schools here in the NT will gather to reflect on our Catholic ethos.
Our Catholic ethos is our beliefs and values.
As Catholics, we believe that the Church of Jesus Christ subsists in a special way in the Catholic Church.
Jesus, God among us, empowered His Church to teach in His name and to be a Communion of Love and Faith.
In the Church, we know that we belong to a worldwide family which supports us on our pilgrim journey in this life. It is also a Church for the world, a servant Church, a Sacrament of Jesus in His Mission of universal salvation.
Catholic means universal i.e., for all times and places.
The Church is both old and new. It carries the memory, i.e., the presence, teachings, and values of Jesus. It is however always being renewed by the Holy Spirit. As we encounter new realities in an ever-changing world the Holy Spirit forever calls us to new understanding and insights.
We do not have a new Church we have a renewed Church.
Human beings are capable of great good and wisdom as well as much evil and foolishness, of sin.
The Church itself is of course composed of human beings, saints and sinners.
However, Jesus promised to be with us always even unto the end of time.
So, we celebrate hope while tackling the challenges of our times. We proclaim the Good News of Jesus, God’s plan for us and for the world.
This Good News calls us to respond in loving service for all.
The special focus this time is about our stewardship and care for our earth our common home. We also focus on the implications this has for justice for the poor. This is something that Jesus spoke strongly about!