CATH NEWS REPORT: The online Lenten reflection program, launched last year by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Commission for Mission and Faith Formation, is back by popular demand, according to a media release.
"If you are looking to enrich your Lenten experience, either as a parish or family group, or in your own home at your own pace, why not join the Australian bishops in their enormously popular online program, The Reflection," it states.
The success of The Reflection 2010 was overwhelming, with more than 30,000 people across Australia and around the world logging on each week during Lent to join the bishops in exploring and meditating on the Sunday Gospels using the prayerful method of lectio divina.
Archbishop John Bathersby, the Chairman of the Bishops Commission for Mission and Faith Formation, said he hoped even more people would join in this year.
"The feedback from the first Reflection has been excellent," he said.
"It seems that providing this kind of online vehicle for personal and shared reflection on the Scriptures during Lent has tapped into a deep thirst that we all have to encounter God in our lives, wherever we are at.
"It was an enriching experience not only for the tens of thousands of people who logged on and joined in the program, but also for us bishops who took part and shared our personal Lenten pilgrimage through meditating on the Scripture readings.
"I invite everyone to join us with The Reflection again this year as we journey towards Easter
Archbishop Bathersby said an especially poignant part of this year's program will be the inclusion of a tribute to and reflections from the late Bishop of Sandhurst, Bishop Joseph Grech, who died in
December, after having filmed his contribution for The Reflection.
The Reflection will begin at midday on Monday, March 7 and will comprise seven short weekly episodes posted on the website at the same time each Monday during Lent.
Those who wish to participate can log on each week at http://thereflection.vividas.com