At the eleventh hour of the eleventh month, Australia stops to remember the spirit of sacrifice of all those men and women who died or suffered in war. When the guns of the western front fell silent on 11 November 1918, over 330,000 Australians had served overseas to defend a free Europe, and more than 60,000 had lost their lives. Every year since that terrible conflict ended, two minutes of silence have been held in remembrance. On Monday, the College gathered together and remembered. In a prayer service led by our 2020 College Captains and Fr. Paul Sireh O.Carm, we recalled the story of Remembrance Day and reflected on all those conflicts where Australians have served in the defence of freedom, love, truth and equality. Our Gospel reading remembered Jesus’ message of love (John 15), and the community prayed in quiet and stillness as the Last Post was played and the wreath solemnly placed at the foot of the cross. Pope Francis wrote “war begins in the heart and ends in the world”, reminding us that we all have an important role to play in building welcoming and peaceful communities in the world.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Mr Joshua Vujcich, Director – Identity, Mission & Service