The Karlaminda community celebrated Founders Day with Morning Prayer and Mass celebrated by Parish Priest, Fr Alo. The altar was decorated to show festive spirit, and this was enhanced during the Mass by the following reflection prepared and presented by Br Paul Rogers, Community Director.
"Whoever humbles himself like this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Humility involves the realisation that all we are, and have, is a gift; that we are dependent upon God for everything; that of ourselves, we can do nothing. It includes a response to this awareness that is characterised by joy, because we are confident, like a child, that we are not alone, but are embraced by a God who loves us unconditionally and in whom we can have absolute trust. Jesus, who addressed God as 'Abba!', knew the secret of the kingdom of God. Only when we accept with delight that God delights in us can we begin to understand the gospel which Jesus is preaching and enter into that communion with God which he enjoys.Today we honour our Founder. He understood the fulness of this message and through his meditations and writings sought to imbue in each of his Brothers the reality that, in humility, we must be older brothers to the younger brothers and sisters in our care. By Association we have vowed ourselves to be Christian communities and in the words of our closing hymn today: with faith as our guiding light, zeal in all we are called to do, Brothers to all we meet".
St Paul says in the first reading: "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!". Brothers, we possess a charism from our Founder that has been our gift for others. As we (most of us) age and grow beyond our days of feverish activity with young people, let us not just grow older but wiser in the spirit of the Lord. And in the words of one of our prayers for today: 'Lead us to imitate him (our Founder) by our way of living as he himself imitated your Son, Jesus Christ'.
Live Jesus in our hearts!"
The Community sang a hymn composed by Br Gerard Rummery fo the Institute Tercentenary in 1980. After the liturgy, the Community gathered for a special Morning Tea and later a special lunch.
The celebration concluded with Night Prayera tremendous celebration of the Solemnity.