Letters from Home Sunday (16 July)

St Augustine of Hippo wrote that ‘The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.’

At the conclusion of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis in Misericordia et misera offered an invitation to "make the Sacred Scriptures better known and more widely diffused". The Archbishop's Office for Evangelisation has produced a resource pack to support the Pope’s invitation for parish communities for one Sunday of the liturgical year to:
"renew its efforts to make the Sacred Scriptures better known and more widely diffused. It would be a Sunday given over entirely to the word of God, so as to appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in that constant dialogue between the Lord and his people." (Misericordia et misera, 13)
In the Archdiocese of Melbourne the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sunday 16 July) has been suggested for this purpose and a range of resources have been prepared to assist in this regard:
“May every day of our lives thus be shaped by a renewed encounter with Christ, the Word of the Father made flesh: he stands at the beginning and the end, and “in him all things hold together” (Col 1:17). Let us be silent in order to hear the Lord’s word and to meditate upon it, so that by the working of the Holy Spirit it may remain in our hearts and speak to us all the days of our lives.” (Verbum Domini §124)
In addition to the resource pack, the following videos are offered for further learning and reflection:

"What's the role of Scripture in the Liturgy? Why do we need it?" 

Presented by Rev. Francis Moloney sdb

"At the Still Point of the Turning World" 

An overview of Christian Meditation 
These short video clips explore the richness 
of meditation in the Christian tradition.
They were originally produced in 2011 as part of the Office's work with the School of Prayer. They can be used for personal or group 
reflection and formation, and explore 
meditation in everyday life, meditation in the 
tradition, the practice of meditation and the 
practice of Lectio Divina.

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