Reaching Out, A Message from Bishop Terry Brady
Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Many people, whose names and faces you do not know, created, prepared, considered and prayed about bringing the message contained in this leaflet to you. Why? Because you are important. You matter. You are a priority.
Pope Francis shows us the importance of accompanying on another in the ups and downs of life. We all stumble; make mistakes; fail others and ourselves. But we are all capable of loving and of experiencing hope.
Through the Pope’s Jubilee for Prisoners, marked throughout the world on Sunday 6 November in 2016, Pope Francis has set aside a special day of recognition for you; your families and your loved ones. This Jubilee occurs within another special period in the Catholic Church – the Holy Year of Mercy – a time of grace, prayer, forgiveness and compassion. The motto for the Year is “Merciful like the Father”, which invites each one of us to follow the merciful example of God - forgiving and loving rather than judging and condemning. No matter what the sin - God’s love is unconditional.
Many people have spent time in jail - including saints and even Jesus himself. His message is meant for everyone, regardless of the circumstances because we all possess human dignity.
May this simple leaflet be a small but sincere sign of God’s desire to reach out to you in love and mercy.
I am praying for you. Please pray for me.
Bishop Terry Brady
Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Sydney
Bishop Delegate, Australian Catholic Prisoners Pastoral Care Council
Chair, Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life