Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Australians mourn Bishop Joseph Grech's sudden death.

I found out late yesterday that Bishop Joseph Grech had died. He was admitted to hospital on the 23rd of December from a recurrence of a blood-related disorder which he suffered from about 5 years ago. He died at the hour of Mercy 3pm yesterday 28th December with eight family, close friends and other members of the Church (which he served so faithfully); Melbourne’s Archbishop Denis Hart, Archbishop Mark Coleridge & Fr Maurizio Pettena CS.

It is fitting that this well loved Man of God, Champion of the King of the Universe died at this hour "for at that moment mercy is opened wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it is the hour of grace for the whole world".

At three o'clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy ... In this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion.

(Diary 1320).

Many people will mourn the loss of Bishop Joe Grech, he was only in Rome for the Canonization of St Mother Mary of the Cross (Mary MacKillop) in October "larger than life". We hope and pray that he is now seeing what is really larger than life; the heavenly kingdom and the Lord and King who reigns above all!

Eternal rest grant unto him Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul rest in peace!

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