The Furnace

By Archdiocese of Sydney

Why The Furnace? Quite simply because most people in Australia, and the world, can no longer get to Mass, or even into a church. The point of these podcasts is to bring people a share of the Mass in the Word of God and prayer. But why the name? Because the Heart of Jesus is a “Furnace of love”. This is how St Gertrude the Great describes it. As she prays: O Sacred Heart of Jesus, fountain of eternal life, Your Heart is a glowing furnace of Love. You are my refuge and my sanctuary. O my adorable and loving Saviour, consume my heart with the burning fire with which Yours is aflamed. Pour down on my soul those graces which flow from Your love. Let my heart be united with Yours. Let my will be conformed to Yours in all things. May Your Will be the rule of all my desires and actions. Amen The point of these homilies is first of all to share this with everyone - to share the love of God’s heart with every human heart. There is nothing original about that. This is, basically, all priests are ever trying to do. And it’s the only real point of the Catholic Church: invented by Christ to share Christ, starting from his pierced heart on the cross on Good Friday. It’s only fitting that at this time each of us are being refitted with slightly larger crosses that our creator comes to meet us from the cross with his own heart pierced and broken. There is so much I could say about the Heart of Jesus - but I would have to go on forever, because his Heart is infinite. So I’ll finish with the invitation of another of the great saints of the Sacred Heart, St Claude la Colombiere: May the Heart of Jesus Christ be our school! Let us make our abode there . . . Let us study its movements and attempt to conform ours to them. My friends, lets enter Jesus’ heart together. It’s not just me recording it, or just you listening to a recording. I rely on your prayers, and as I write and talk I am praying for each of you. And in any case, there is no such thing as a Christian doing something by themselves: like the Trinity, where one is, the others are. So let’s enter together, for Jesus is standing in front of us now, with his heart wide open, to enter and experience his love, his healing, his teaching, authentic freedom - and eternal life with him.

  1. 1.
    Neighbours and Enemies
    3:00
  2. 2.
    Virtue Building
    2:40
  3. 3.
    Open wide the doors to Christ!
    2:46
  4. 4.
    Jonah: A Parable of Mercy
    3:10
  5. 5.
    Not a pokemon: St. Polycarp
    2:55
  6. 6.
    The Chair of St. Peter
    3:05
  7. 7.
    The Desert, Wild Beasts, and the Garden - First Sunday of Lent
    4:23
  8. 8.
    "Compunction" - Saturday after Ash Wednesday
    2:29
  1. 9.
    A Broken, Contrite Heart - Friday after Ash Wednesday
    3:18
  2. 10.
    Redirecting your travel - Thursday after Ash Wednesday
    2:19
  3. 11.
    Ash Wednesday: Do something for your holiness
    2:42
  4. 12.
    Noah's Ark and Spiritual Cleansing
    2:25
  5. 13.
    And then there was Murder
    2:58
  6. 14.
    A Very Strange Parish
    5:16
  7. 15.
    Some not so good news
    3:37
  8. 16.
    The Presence of God and Biblical Literature
    4:25
  9. 17.
    Our Lady of Lourdes
    3:18
  10. 18.
    St. Scholastica and Spiritual Conversations
    3:28
  11. 19.
    Ascending the Mountain
    2:54
  12. 20.
    St. Josephine Bakhita and Modern Slavery
    2:48
  13. 21.
    Gospel
    5:38
  14. 22.
    St. Paul Miki and companions
    3:09
  15. 23.
    St. Agatha
    2:58
  16. 24.
    Aliens and Parishioners: What’s the difference?
    2:51
  17. 25.
    A Saint for Throats: St. Blaise
    2:02
  18. 26.
    Candlemas
    2:58
  19. 27.
    The Grandstands of Heaven
    2:48
  20. 28.
    Undivided Attention
    3:48
  21. 29.
    Who are you in the storm?
    3:05
  22. 30.
    Athletes in Suffering
    2:32
  23. 31.
    Love with your mind: St. Thomas Aquinas
    3:09
  24. 32.
    Fan into Flame: Saints Timothy and Titus
    2:55
  25. 33.
    Eileen O’Connor: the next Australian Saint?
    2:49
  26. 34.
    The Conversion of St. Paul
    3:08
  27. 35.
    Sunday of the Word of God
    4:40
  28. 36.
    Right is right, even if nobody does it.
    2:16
  29. 37.
    The Sons of Thunder: Saints for Fiery Hearts
    2:37
  30. 38.
    St. Agnes: Martyr for the Youth
    3:11
  31. 39.
    Saint Sebastian: a Saint for Athletes
    2:42
  32. 40.
    The Bible and Acrostic Poems
    2:49
  33. 41.
    Who in the world is Melchizedek?
    2:49
  34. 42.
    Behold - 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
    5:10
  35. 43.
    Spiritual Resurrection and Anastasia
    2:38
  36. 44.
    A Voice for a Voiceless Generation - the Gift of Intercession
    2:46
  37. 45.
    Jesus wants to take your place
    2:31
  38. 46.
    The Furnace of Transformation
    2:47
  39. 47.
    The Authority of Christ
    2:20
  40. 48.
    Fishermen ... Fishers of Men - A Principle of Discernment
    2:26
  41. 49.
    My Vocation is Love
    4:44
  42. 50.
    Baptism - The Nuptial Bath
    2:25

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