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.
    The Ethiopian Eunuch and Street Evangelisation.
    3:04
  2. 2.
    The Risen Body: Beauty and Clarity.
    3:19
  3. 3.
    The Risen Body: Agility!
    3:22
  4. 4.
    The Risen Body: Impassibility and Subtlety.
    3:53
  5. 5.
    The Cult of the Body and the Resurrection.
    5:41
  6. 6.
    A clash of cultures and cliquishness.
    2:31
  7. 7.
    Knavish imbecility. 2000 years of the Church.
    2:45
  8. 8.
    Eating from a tree.
    2:36
  1. 9.
    A grudge against happiness itself.
    2:57
  2. 10.
    Barnabas and messy Catholicism.
    2:54
  3. 11.
    A mini Pentecost.
    2:46
  4. 12.
    Divine Mercy - God is younger than all else.
    6:06
  5. 13.
    We dare to say.
    3:01
  6. 14.
    They were extremely annoyed.
    2:49
  7. 15.
    Why are you so surprised?
    2:47
  8. 16.
    Neither silver nor gold.
    2:33
  9. 17.
    They were cut to the heart.
    2:38
  10. 18.
    The Missionary Blueprint - "the Man you killed"
    2:53
  11. 19.
    I sought him whom my soul loves - Easter Sunday.
    5:44
  12. 20.
    Awake, O Sleeper. Holy Saturday.
    5:13
  13. 21.
    The cure we need is a Human Heart. Good Friday
    4:48
  14. 22.
    And so it begins. The Sacred Paschal Triduum.
    3:03
  15. 23.
    Name your price.
    2:09
  16. 24.
    Nobody knew him.
    3:38
  17. 25.
    Smell the love.
    2:49
  18. 26.
    The Unspeakable Word - Palm Sunday
    6:24
  19. 27.
    "Jesus, I know you died for me, but..."
    3:03
  20. 28.
    We are only as free as our secrets.
    3:04
  21. 29.
    "A body you have prepared for me" - Solemnity of the Annunciation
    3:15
  22. 30.
    The furnace and a damp log of wood.
    3:36
  23. 31.
    The Bronze Serpent
    3:18
  24. 32.
    Tired of Repenting?
    2:47
  25. 33.
    "The Magi of the West" - 5th Sunday of Lent
    5:07
  26. 34.
    Persevere
    2:29
  27. 35.
    With a Father's Heart - Solemnity of St. Joseph
    3:25
  28. 36.
    Prayer, mercy and fasting
    3:49
  29. 37.
    St Patrick - Bring out the green
    3:02
  30. 38.
    Rivers of blood and water
    3:16
  31. 39.
    Creation waits with eager longing
    3:19
  32. 40.
    Laetare Sunday - Let there be light
    5:05
  33. 41.
    The mother and queen... of vices
    3:00
  34. 42.
    Bloom like the Lily
    3:20
  35. 43.
    We have only today.
    2:40
  36. 44.
    Commandment and Beatitude
    2:58
  37. 45.
    Where you are redeemed, there you are gifted.
    3:05
  38. 46.
    My tears have become my bread
    3:13
  39. 47.
    Zeal for your house will consume me - 3rd Sunday of Lent
    4:30
  40. 48.
    Put on the First Robe
    3:55
  41. 49.
    The Cornerstone
    3:43
  42. 50.
    Known and Named
    3:03

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