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March 31, 2014 • Category: This Month's Cover

The Resurrection by Piero della Francesca c. 1460. The painting is to be found at the Museo Civicao in San Sepolcro, della Francesca’s home town.
During World War II, the city of San Sepolcro was to be bombed, which would have destroyed the painting. The pilot of the bomber, a certain Captain Clarke, had read that The Resurrection was the greatest painting in the world. …

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Daily Reflections

  • Friday 25 April
  • Anzac Day

    Acts 4:1-12, Ps 118, John 21:1-14

    We will remember them

    That Jesus died and rose again means that we have the hope of eternal life. The men and women of the two World Wars who made the ultimate sacrifice gave their lives so that their countrymen could have freedom. Today we remember them and honour them for their courage and for the sacrifice …

Bill Farrelly»

The Strange Case of the Missing Prayer (0)

We are a strange mob, aren’t we? A muddle of contradictions that, in our rational moments, make no sense at all and yet that’s often where we seem to spend the majority of our lives.

I have just been reading an interview with the children’s author whom many of you will know, Mem Fox, who has brought joy to millions, probably hundreds of millions, of …

Bill Lambert»

The enigma of Judas (0)

“One of you is going to betray me…”

To many of us, one of the greatest enigmas in the New Testament is the betrayal of Jesus by Judas.

Named as one of the original 12 apostles Jesus chose, Judas would have been close to him for perhaps as long as three years. How could he not have come to love him so deeply that the …

Depthing Scripture»

The Book of Revelation (8) Chapters 19:11–22:5 (2)

John gives us seven pictures of the End: the coming of Christ, the last battle, the binding of Satan, the millennium, the defeat of Gog and Magog, the final judgment, and the coming of the New Jerusalem. In this installment we will examine the first six of these. John devotes more attention to the New Jerusalem than to the other six combined.

Each of the …

Focus Editorial»

Transformation (0)

The month of April normally heralds the change of colours and the fall of leaves in our trees. Autumn is upon us. The final fruits of the summer season are gathered in and we take stock as the rhythm of a new year settles in. A time of transformation is taking place.

A month or two ago Pope Francis spoke of a different mode …

Francis Speaks»

World Economic Forum (0)

Extract from the Pope’s Message for the World Economic Forum

“Ours is a time of notable changes and significant progress in different areas which have important consequences for the life of humanity. In fact, ‘we must praise the steps being taken to improve people’s welfare in areas such as health care, education and communications’ (Evangelii Gaudium 52), in addition to many other areas of human …


Can You Bear It? (0)

Can you Bear It?

It was one of those weird coincidences that occurs maybe once in a thousand years: That afternoon there converged on the neighborhood grocery store some 28 husbands, each of whom who had been sent out by their wives with very specific instructions as to what they should buy.

In a further stretch of the laws of probability, each of those men …


Votive Candles (0)

I am back into my normal working routine, lecturing at Good Shepherd College and the sabbatical I had last year seems a long time ago and even more pleasant in hindsight. I was nostalgically looking through photographs and I came across the ones illustrating this article.

I was wandering in central Paris when it started raining quite heavily. I ducked into a church called St …

Marist News»

New mission in Brownsville, Texas (0)

Fr Tony OConnor sm has taken up a new mission among the Hispanic poeples of Brownsville. 

He sent us an account of the following incident.

About three weeks ago, a young lass large with child came in saying that she was due on the 11th of February but that her baby had physical brain defects and if not still born, would die a short time …

Marist Spirituality»

Reflections on Marist Spirituality (3) (0)

These reflections were first published in 2012 in Tutu – Another Way, written by Adele M.E. Jones with Michael McVerry sm. They are reprinted with permission.

 Mary in the early Church

How do we draw our inspiration from the mystery of Mary in the early Church? The mystery of Mary begins in the Incarnation, is found in Nazareth, reaches a climax at Pentecost …

Missionary News»

A Meeting with a Victim of Fukushima (0)

This account is based on three meetings with Mr Yoshida. I got to know him in tragic circumstances: a non-Christian, he had come to ask me if I could celebrate a funeral “according to Christian rites” for his wife, a Filipina and Catholic, who had died aged 43, on 30th June, 2013.

For a start, could you introduce yourself?

I am Yoshinori Yoshida, and I …


Opening up to God (0)

“Out of his infinite glory, may he give you the power through his Spirit for your hidden self to grow strong, so that Christ may live in your hearts through faith, and then, planted in love and built on love, you will with all the saints have the strength to grasp the breadth and the length, the height and the depth; until knowing the love …

Poetry and Art»

The Beauty of Life (0)

It takes a village to make a man.

A sense of purpose to let life rest in God’s hands.

And just as it requires struggle

for a butterfly to emerge from its cocoon;

the butterfly’s wings would never grow strong

should we intervene in nature far too soon.

For without tears and struggle and letting go;

we simply cannot learn and grow.

Yet with humble …


Shadows (0)

“It has been said that ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone.”
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1890-1995. Political wife, mother of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and eight other children.

Recent surveys indicate that many, many people retain hundreds of photos on …


April Saints (0)

St Peter Calungsod 
(c 1655-1672)

Pedro Calungsod was born in Cebu, the Philippines. He received basic education from Jesuits, learning the catechism and Spanish, and serving Mass.

At about 14, Pedro accompanied the Jesuits in their mission to the Ladrones Islands and went with Father Diego Luis de San Vitores to Guam. Despite huge difficulties, the mission persevered and a number of locals were converted. …


Stations of the Cross (Comments Off)

Images: St John the Evangelist Church, Otara

Photos: Manuel Beazley

Text: Adapted from the Way of the Cross led by Pope Francis at the Colosseum on Good Friday 2013


Theological Reflection»

Mary for Today for the Third Millennium (5) (0)


In 1975 Pope Paul VI observed that for many in the Church devotion to Mary was both a problem and on the wane. One main reason for this lay in the fact that our approach to Mary reflected outdated ideas of the Middle Ages and Counter-Reformation period of the Church, views of Mary that are unappealing to contemporary people. He named as an example, …