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Christ our Light and Companion (0)

March 31, 2015 • Category: Reflection, This Month's Cover
By Fr Tom Ryan sm

By Fr Tom Ryan sm

Easter Vigil

See Readings Saturday 4th April - page 19

In the Eucharist’s Offertory prayer, we bless the ‘God of all creation’. From his ‘goodness we have received’ gifts: of bread - ‘work of human hands’ and of wine - ‘fruit of the earth’, to be transformed into our spiritual food and drink.

This is a prayer of gratitude for …

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Daily Reflections

  • Thursday 2 April

    Exodus 12:1-8,11-14; Ps 116; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-15

    A model to follow

    Today we celebrate the gift of the Eucharist as seen in the Last Supper. Jesus breaks the bread and shares the cup which becomes his body and blood, the heart of our sacramental life. But the Gospel reminds us that he came to serve, and the Eucharist strengthens us so …

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Find Our Own Way Of Prayer (0)

Bill Lambert

Bill Lambert

Trying to meditate has always been a difficulty for me.  I think it requires a discipline of mind which I don’t have. I have to keep jerking myself back from thought distractions. And more often than not it seems like I am talking on the celestial telephone by myself..

Until just recently….

I was lying half asleep when I found myself sunbathing in …

Book Review»

Chronicle of Rapid Change for the Society of Mary (0)

Michael Fitzsimons

Michael Fitzsimons

A Review

The 125th Jubilee Magazine of the New Zealand Province of the Society of Mary is an absorbing read. It does not attempt to provide an overview of the history of the Society of Mary going back 176 years but rather focuses on the life of the Province over the last 25 years.book

Those of us who were in the seminary in …

Catholic Life»

Faith and Belief – the Difference (0)

By Jim Considine

By Jim Consedine

One of the great religious figures in Christchurch for many years in the latter part of the last century was the late Fr Cecil Dennehy, CSSR. Fr Ces was beloved by all who knew him. He was a man of 60 years pastoral experience, giving missions and retreats on both sides of the Tasman.

From time to time, waving his arms in …

Christianity in Action»

Marriage Forever – Part II (0)

by Sue Jones

by Sue Jones

Contemplating The Truth About Marriage For Life

In the light of the recent Synod about Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the context of Evangelisation, it is good for all of us to reflect on married peoples’ call to mission and holiness and how that fits into the big picture of Catholic faith life. The Synod is looking at the complexity of …

Focus Editorial»

Troops Overseas (0)

Fr Bernard Carney sm

Fr Bernard Carney sm

New Zealand has once again committed troops in an overseas deployment. The country’s stated aim is to assist in the training of the Iraqi army.  These trained soldiers will be equipped to face the terrorist forces of ISIS. Any commitment to a war zone is a step towards uncertainty.  Whether the training of the Iraqi troops will lead to adequate defence …

Francis Speaks»

Agriculture, Environment and Family (0)

Pope Speaks DecThere is no humanity without cultivation of the land: Francis on the central role of agriculture

Vatican City, 31 January 2015 (VIS) 

“There is no humanity without the cultivation of the land; there is no good life without the food it produces for the men and women of every continent. Agriculture thus demonstrates its central role,” said Pope Francis this morning, as he received in …

Historical New Zealand»

Gallipoli Experience (0)

by Fr David Mullins sm

by Fr David Mullins sm

April 25 brings with it the Centenary  of the Gallipoli campaign.  What follows is a commentary from Fr Dave Mullins sm on his father’s involvement in that campaign. Jack Mullins left a first-hand account of his experiences which are published in a book “Play to Win.” 

The  Baptism of fire.

25th April 1915

An Unvarnished Story

I have wondered how …


Can You Bear It? (0)

The Lone Ranger and Tonto walked into a saloon and sat down to drink a beer. Bear Laughing_crop

After a few minutes, a big tall cowboy walked in and said “Who owns the big white horse outside?” The Lone Ranger stood up, hitched his gun belt, and said, “I do....Why?”

The cowboy looked at the Lone Ranger and said, “I just thought you’d like to know that …


Reading a Church (0)

Fr Merv Duffy sm

by Fr Merv Duffy sm

Part 2: The Entrance

When you step through the doorway of a church you are leaving the outer-world behind and entering an inner world. The outside world is a fair place abounding in life and activity, but also a place with a mingling of the base and ugly. It is a sort of market place, crossed and re-crossed by all …


Guilt Free, At Last (0)

by Anne Kerrigan

by Anne Kerrigan

“ What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge on it.” - Charles Dudley Warren, 1829-1900. American essayist, friend of Mark Twain. - My Summer in a Garden, 1871.

My husband and I grew up in the Bronx, a northern borough of New York City. In our Kingsbridge section of the city, there were few trees, …


Tonga’s First Cardinal Installed in St Peter’s, Rome (0)

Soani CardinalSoane Patita Paini Mafi became Tonga’s first Cardinal at a ceremony that took place at 11pm on Saturday 14th February New Zealand time.

Vatican Insider described the scene after the ceremony:

“Tonga’s first Cardinal was surrounded by the faithful and relatives who formed a chorus and were singing a traditional song at the top of their voices.”

“There is about 30 of them and they …


Christ our Light and Companion (0)

By Fr Tom Ryan sm

By Fr Tom Ryan sm

Easter Vigil

See Readings Saturday 4th April - page 19

In the Eucharist’s Offertory prayer, we bless the ‘God of all creation’. From his ‘goodness we have received’ gifts: of bread - ‘work of human hands’ and of wine - ‘fruit of the earth’, to be transformed into our spiritual food and drink.

This is a prayer of gratitude for …


April Saints (0)

Saint1Saint Anselm of Canterbury (c.1033-1109)

Anselm was born in Aosta around 1033. He was the Abbot of Bec in Normandy in 1078 and nominated Archbishop of Canterbury by King William Rufus in 1093.

He angered William by opposing his spoliation of sees and abbeys and his extortions from the clergy; Anselm went to lay his case before the Holy See in 1097 and had to …

Theological Reflection»

Mary for Today – Mary and the Annunciation (0)

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

Reading: Luke 1:26-38; Acts 1:14.

Gospel Annunciations: This scene is found only in Luke, a gospel dated in the mid 80s, addressed to third generation Christians. It is a gospel closely related to its sequel, Acts of the Apostles, the story of the birth of the Church, and, as in the gospel, ‘the mother of Jesus was there.’ It is …