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The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham (0)

July 31, 2016 • Category: Places of Pilgrimage, This Month's Cover

Little Walsingham sits in the heart of the English county of Norfolk. Surrounded by villages such as Great Snoring, Houghton St Giles and the smaller – despite the name – Great Walsingham, it is known as England’s Nazareth. It is believed to


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Daily Reflections

  • Wednesday 24 August
  • St Bartholomew

    Apocolypse 21:9-14; Ps 145; John 1:45-51

    At prayer under a tree

    What was going through Bartholomew/Nathanael’s mind that Jesus knew? A plea to be able to serve the Messiah? Bartholomew becomes one of the


Book Review»

Proper Mercy (0)

My curiosity was awakened last year when I heard Pope Francis talk about mercy as something that most of us do not understand properly. Most of us see mercy as a minor attribute of God or a quality we need in order to be liked. Whereas Pope Francis


Church History»

Reflections on the Church in Germany (Comments Off)

When I saw the article ‘Prayerful Churches: Berlin to Remember’ by Glen McCullough in the February Messenger, I was pleased to see some pictures of churches in Berlin. I was astounded to read, though, that he was told that ‘only 2% of Germans


Death of a Marist»

Fr John Edward O’Dowd sm (0)

Born in Auckland, 26 August 1929

Professed as Brother Stanislaus, 25 March 1950

Ordained 26 August 1972

Died at Silverstream 7 June 2016

Thanks to Fr Denis O’Hagan sm for this edited version of his eulogy.

John O’Dowd was the son of Veronica Mary Elizabeth Rickets and John Edward O’Dowd who had married in February 1928. He was their only child. He grew up in the Ponsonby-Herne


Focus Editorial»

Self-Esteem and Self-Compassion (0)

The July issue of North and South magazine recalls that there is a photo of Tensing Norgay, Sir Edmund Hillary’s climbing companion, at the top of Mount Everest, but there is no picture of Hillary himself. It seems that Norgay offered to take


Francis Speaks»

Francis Speaks – Jubilee for the Sick and Persons with Disabilities (0)

An abridged version of the Pope’s homily on the occasion of the Jubilee for the Sick and Persons with Disabilities (12 June 2016):

God chose what is weak

‘I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me’ (Gal 2:19). In


Historical New Zealand»

Gallipoli Experience (Comments Off)

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



Can You Bear It? (0)

There was once an accounting firm where the senior CPA knew everything there was to know about accounting. He could answer any question. He knew all the tax laws. There wasn’t a better accountant anywhere. Every morning when he came to work, he would


Marist Spirituality»

23 July 1816 : The Fourvière Pledge (1)

Fourvière - the beginnings and the end of the beginning

Nothing is quite like the launching of a new and uncertain venture, in its unique turmoil of vision, passion, fear and risk. Dream and daring struggle with despair and failure. Yet the urgency is compelling, the challenge unrelenting. For Marcellin


Missionary News»

Ranong: Marists on the Thailand-Burma border (5) (Comments Off)


The mission of education is connected with love of the poor. For the really poor, education is often the fourth priority, and a luxury. Food, health, shelter all take their place before it. But without education, children exist in a vicious cycle.




Mangrove Reflections (1) (0)

One of the first things I noticed when I arrived at The Haven beach were the patterns the crabs had made all over the beach.

After high tide, hundreds of crabs patiently dig out little balls of sand from their holes and neatly stack them in beautiful



August Saints (0)

Blessed Victoria Diez Y Bustos De Molina (1903-1936)

Blessed Victoria Diez Y Bustos De Molina was born in Seville, Spain, the only child of a deeply Christian family of modest means. She studied to become a teacher, while attending art classes at the


Stories of Mercy»

Stories of Mercy (0)

Fr Laurence Ginaty sm

Compassion for the Rejected

To mark the Year of Mercy, this article is one of a series of reflections on the lives of Marists who have worked in New Zealand, and in whose lives mercy has shone. It was first published in the SMNZ newsletter.

The exploitation of young women and