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June 30, 2015 • Category: This Month's Cover

Side altar from St Martin’s Church, Bamberg, Germany. The church is being renovated, and the side altar is temporarily being used  as the main altar. The sculptor is unattributed.

Photographs Glen McCullough…

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Daily Reflections

  • Wednesday 29 July
  • St Martha

    Exodus 34:29-35, Psalm 99, Matthew 13:44-46

    The treasure in the field

    We can look at this parable in a new way. We are fields, ordinary fields with a few stones and weeds, some fertile areas, subject to seasonal change. That is the nature of a field. But we all have a sacred treasure in us. That treasure belongs in the field. The man …

Catholic Life»

Marriage Five Years On (0)

Letter to a married couple on the 5th anniversary of their wedding

Fr Carl Telford sm

Fr Carl Telford sm

Dear John and Mary, congratulations on 5 years of married life. It seems only yesterday that we gathered so joyfully for your wedding and now, 2 children later, Thomas and Rebecca, a few grey hairs and you are still smiling and talking to each other! We take nothing for …

Christianity in Action»

Modesty (0)

by Maria Kennedy

by Maria Kennedy

Fruit of the Holy Spirit

Regard for decency of behaviour, speech, dress etc.  Freedom from vanity, boostfulness.  Dictionary.com

I learnt in primary school I was a temple of the Holy Spirit. It seems there is a great range of standards within cultures on how to dress our bodies as temples. There is modesty of dress and then there’s modesty of behaviour. I …

Death of a Marist»

Fr Kevin Francis O’Donoghue sm (0)

K O'DEulogy by  Fr Tim Duckworth sm 

In the Society of Mary there have been two Kevin O’Donoghues for as long as we all can remember and you could distinguish them by their cognomen – in our Kevin’s case he was always referred to as KODAK, given his significant skill with the camera, the other Kevin we know as Mozart.

This Kevin, Kevin FRANCIS O’Donoghue was …


Hidden Christians (0)

MEP logoA picture, sent by Bishop Joseph Takami Mitsuaki,* shows the meeting, on Friday March 17, 1865, in the newly built church at Oura, of a group of clandestine Christians from the Urakami* valley (today part of the urban area of Nagasaki ) and the missionary Bernard Petitjean MEP (1829 – 1884). It’s hard to know how accurate it is – the engraving did not appear …

Focus Editorial»

Palliative Care (0)

Fr Bernard Carney sm

Fr Bernard Carney sm

The gift of life comes to us from God and takes us back to God.

The movement towards euthanasia is based on the mistaken belief of the supremacy of individual rights. “Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to lives of disabled, sick or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.” (No 2277 Catholic Catechism)

The inevitability …

Francis Speaks»

Sport; Marriage; World Mission Day (0)

Pope Francis meets tennis player Juan Martin del Potro

Pope Francis meets tennis player Juan Martin del Potro

Pope Francis: sport is an educational path

Vatican City, 8 May 2015 (VIS) - “Sport is an educational path.” said the Holy Father this morning as he received in audience seven thousand members of the Italian Tennis Federation in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall. “There are three fundamental pillars for children and young people,” he added: …

Inspiring lives»

White Rose (0)


by Tricia O'Donnell

Germany, 1943.  Four days after being arrested as enemies of the State, three young people were executed.  Sophie Scholl, the youngest at 21 years old, her brother Hans, 24 and a friend Christophe Probst 23, were to be made an example for all other young people with ideas of rebellion.

Sophie and Hans were two of six children born to Robert and …

Inspiring Lives - 2»

Fr Wilhelm Weber sm (0)

By  Fr  Joseph Lamarre sm  with acknowledgment to Lindsay Riddick

Fr Wilhelm Weber sm

Fr Wilhelm Weber sm

Tunuru 1939 - 45.  Part One

Fr Weber was born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany March 23rd 1905.  He attended the mission school in the Marist  Elmsland, Meppen.  He was professed as a Marist  April 17 1929.  He was ordained  Priest at Passau in 1932.

Around 1965 Fr Joseph Lamarre sm wrote  the …


Can You Bear It? (0)

Bear Laughing_cropA Jewish  Rabbi and a Catholic Priest met at the town's  annual 4th of July picnic. Old friends, they began their usual banter.

"This baked ham is really delicious," the priest teased the rabbi.  "You really ought to try it. I know it's against  your religion, but I can't understand why such a  wonderful food should be forbidden! You don't  know what you're missing. You …


Reading a Window – 2 (0)

Fr Merv Duffy sm

by Fr Merv Duffy sm

Last month’s Messenger had the tale of the window dedicated to St Monica and her tears for her son, which carried also the sub-text of the donor’s grief at the death of her son. The saints depicted in a window may be in the glory of eternity, but the donors belong to this world with its struggles, defeats and triumphs.…


Oscar Romero – Martyr (0)

romeroArchbishop Oscar Romero was beatified on May 23 in El Salvador with hundreds of thousands of people present for the occasion.

“Romero, friend, the people are with you,” the congregation chanted at a square in San Salvador.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided over the beatification Mass.

In his homily the cardinal said that “the figure of Romero …


Palliative Care (0)

Debra Vermeer

Debra Vermeer

Putting Patients Back In The Drivers Seat

A diagnosis of terminal cancer or other life limiting illness is a distressing experience for anyone, but more recent advances in Palliative and Supportive Care are putting patients back into the driver’s seat when it comes to deciding how their treatment will unfold and how they and their family will experience the journey ahead of them.…

Poetry and Art»




Betrayed was he,

His own compatriots turned Iscariot!  --

Irish Iscariots who touched,

With pointed fingers of untruth,

That inexorable wheel of treachery

To be hanged, drawn and quartered,

Fashion of the day.

Earlier had he been a scholar,

But a graduate first in love of God and man;

Archbishop he, leader guide, -- exemplary;



July Saints (0)

Saint1Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati (1901-1925)

Pier Giorgio Frassati was born in 1901 to a rich and politically influential family of Turin, Italy. His mother was a painter, his father an agnostic who became Italian ambassador to Germany. A pious youth, average student, outstanding athlete and mountain climber, Pier was extremely popular with his peers and was known as “Terror” for his practical jokes. His deep …

Theological Reflection»

Mary for Today – The Swirling Current of Mariology (0)

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

A Twentieth Century Issue: In 1997 Newsweek had as its cover, The Meaning of Mary: a Struggle Over her Role Grows Within the Church.  At the heart of it was the question as to whether Pope St. John Paul II would proclaim Mary as Co-Redeemer.  A large box of signatures arrived at the Vatican, 49,383 from nearly every continent, …