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The Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope. The diocese was elevated to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22nd, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Are you equipped to enter into the deep waters?

The Loyola Hall was filled to capacity as the start of our Lenten Mission 2011 began last evening, 14 March 2011 at 7pm.

Introducing the guest speaker for the evening was Archbishop Patrick Pinder, Archbishop of the Diocese of Nassau. Fr Donald Chambers STD, a dynamic speaker visits us from the Archdiocese of Kingston Jamaica.

In his opening prayer address Archbishop Pinder expresses his hope for each member of the community as we journey together during this years City Wide Lenten Mission 2011, under the theme "A New Beginning".
The Lenten Mission is a Liturgy of the Word. It's an exercise in deepening our knowledge and love of the Word of God and hopefully our prayer and our Lenten discipline as a whole to tempt for us to grow closer to God by understanding more fully his word, seeking to grow less and less self centered and more and more Christ centered. This time last year we marveled at the destruction roared by the earthquake in Haiti. This time around we marvel again at the destruction in Japan. We have reason of course to hold deeper in our prayers even as we have reason to give thanks for God's goodness to us. As we begin this week of reflection on God's Word under the theme "A New Beginning" let's open our hearts to him.
Everyone were invited to bring their scuba diving gear equipment as we were going deep into the waters of the scriptures, the deep waters of the sacraments, the deep waters of human suffering. Here in the depths of these experiences we will be changed by the work and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Many may ask why go in the deep depths of the waters for these experiences but as questioned by Fr. Chambers; "Have you ever seen any large fish living in shallow waters? Only those who have experienced the transforming power of the deep waters can go into the deep waters and fish. Fr. Chambers is confident that the deep water experience will also transform us.

Fr. Chambers assures us that when we get to the depth of suffering of Jesus Christ, it is going to be so enlightening, so revealing that we will be like the two disciples in Luke 24:32 who were on the road to Emmaus, blurted out "Did not our hearts burn within us".

Don't be afraid of the deep waters of the ocean. You will be transformed if you place you trust and faith is Jesus!

Just as the song writer says in his song "I found a new life", I left there feeling exactly like that. So if anyone asks you why is it that you seem the way that you do tell them this:

♪♫♫♫♪♪
I've found a new life
I've found a new life
If anybody asks you
What's the matter with you my friend
Tell them that you are
Saved
Sanctified
Holy Ghost-filled
Water-baptised
Jesus on my mind
I've found a new life
♪♫♫♫♪♪

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