Bishop McKenna's Advent Message 2016

Paying Attention

As the holiday season approaches, we all try and become a bit more careful on the roads. Good drivers pay attention to what’s happening in the traffic around them. We’re warned about the way that distractions, like mobile phones and fatigue, can make us lose attention.

This season of Advent has the same theme: Stay awake! Pay attention!

In my new Pastoral Letter on Prayer (which you can read HERE), I talk about the teaching and practice of Jesus, whose big theme was also: Stay Awake! Pay attention!

Fatigue and distractions are problems for everyone who tries to pray: the advice of Jesus is not to give up. Because it’s in prayer itself that we learn to stay awake and pay attention on the journey that is our life.

+Michael McKenna
Bishop of Bathurst