This year’s paschal octave has come to an end. Our paschal candle however remains until Ascension Thursday, along with the paschal inscription which follows an ancient custom.
As part of our Easter festivities, we had our quarterly outing, this time heading south and discovering the magnificent area of Cape Raoul, near Port Arthur on the Tasman Peninsula. We were blessed with truly paschal weather, bright and sunny, warm but not hot. There was everything to delight the eye and dilate the heart at the beauty of the Creator.
Finally, on Easter Saturday, we went down the road to the Emmaus monastic community where we were met by the Little Eucharistic Brothers of Divine Will. Our three communities got to know each other better, share a bit of what we do and questioned ourselves on how best to serve the spiritual needs of Tasmania. It was a good experience for all. We were also blessed with the presence of the Vicar General Fr Michael Tate who gave us some profound reflections on the meaning of contemplation and how it is ordered to evangelization. Finally, Archbishop Porteous was able to join us for the celebration of the office of Vespers in the Emmaus monastic chapel.