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Madonna of Crevole (0)

November 1, 2014 • Category: This Month's Cover

Madonna of Crevole

Painted by Duccio  c  1280

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Daily Reflections

  • Monday 24 November
  • St Andrew Dung-Lac, priest and Companions, Martyrs

    Apocalypse 14: 1-5; Psalm 24;
    Luke 21: 1-4

    Give wholeheartedly

    How generous am I? Do I give without counting the cost for the benefit of God and others? Do I meanly assume the right to judge other people according to my expectations – even when the situation has nothing to do with me?

    Lord teach me to be

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Bring a Miracle To Life (0)

Bill Lambert

Bill Lambert

Imagination is a dramatic aid to prayer!

To give a new vitality to the Gospel stories, imagine you are present at one of the miracles of Jesus.  A favourite of mine is the story of the widow of Nain, because it portrays so vividly the spontaneous compassion of Jesus.

Nain is a village nestling against the hills south of Nazareth. Jesus, with a …

Book Review»

Lofty, No Ordinary Bishop – by Kathleen Baran (0)

Reviewed by Fr John Craddock sm

G Loft BookLofty, No Ordinary Bishop by Kathleen Baran is no ordinary biography. It is not only the outline of the life of a holy priest and Bishop but also one which allows reflections by people who knew and loved Bishop Gerry. It is more than a life’s story for it encompasses insights into war time and post World War II …

Catholic Life»

I’ve struggled with Advent in recent years (0)

Debra Vermeer

by Debra Vermeer

I’ve struggled with Advent in recent years. It makes me sad.

All this preparing and waiting for the birth of a baby at Christmas is painful when in your own life you are trying desperately to come to terms with the heartache of infertility. No baby is coming for me and my husband.

So, these beautiful weeks of Advent, so evocative, with …

Focus Editorial»

Pilgrimage (0)

Fr Bernard Carney sm

Fr Bernard Carney sm

One of the movements that has caught the mood of many Christians of these times has been the pilgrimage to St James of Compostella, Spain. There are a number of starting places for this pilgrimage. One such place is the spectacular town of Le Puy in neighbouring  France.

Le Puy France

Le Puy France

Other places of pilgrimage include Jerusalem in Israel, Walsingham in …

Francis Speaks»

Mercy is Essential (0)

Pope Francis weigelVatican City, 10 September 2014 (VIS)

A special aspect of the “maternity” of the Church is education through mercy, and this was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis during this Wednesday's general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Like a good mother and educator, the Church focuses on the essential, and the essential, according to the Gospel, is mercy, as Jesus clearly tells his disciples: …

Historical New Zealand»

New Zealand’s First Christmas Recalled (0)

The Anglican Church, working with ecumenical partners, is planning extensive 2014 celebrations to mark the bicentenary of the first recorded proclamation of the Christian Gospel held in New Zealand, conducted by Reverend Samuel Marsden at Oihi Bay on 25 December 1814.

Two events  will take place at Rangihoua Heritage Park. The first on 21st December will be the formal commemoration attended by the Governor General …


Can You Bear It? (0)

Bear Laughing_cropSean is the vicar of a Protestant parish on the border of Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland, and Patrick is the priest at the Roman Catholic Church across the road.

One day they are seen together, erecting a sign which says,

“The end is near. Turn yourself around now, before it’s too late.”

As a car speeds past them, the driver leans out his window …


The Preparation of the Gifts  (0)

Fr Merv Duffy sm

by Fr Merv Duffy sm

Even though the faithful no longer bring from their own possessions the bread and wine intended for the liturgy as in the past, nevertheless the rite of carrying up the offerings still retains its force and its spiritual significance. It is well also that money or other gifts for the poor or for the Church, brought by the faithful or …

Marist Spirituality»

Inspiration From Our Pioneer Pacific Missionaries (0)

Fr Craig Larkin sm

Fr Craig Larkin sm

A project I’m working on at the moment involves reading through the letters that the early Marist missionaries in the Pacific sent back to France between 1838 and 1854. These have been collected into 10 Volumes and published in French under the title “Lettres Reçues d’ Océanie”. There are 1373 of these letters, and they amount to 6,357 pages of print. …


People Who Love To Write (0)

By Rachel Grate 

The benefits of writing go far beyond building up your vocabulary.

No matter the quality of your prose, the act of writing itself leads to strong physical and mental health benefits, like long-term improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms. In a 2005 study on the emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing, researchers found that just 15 to 20 …


Pope Francis on Marriage (0)

Recently Pope Francis celebrated the marriage of twenty couples from Rome in St Peter’s Bascilica.

The couples, like many others, have been engaged for different lengths of time; some already live together, others have children and others have met within the parish. 

In his homily Pope Francis spoke of the long and wearisome journey of the people of Israel through the desert.Marriage Pope

Amongst other things …


Words at Funerals (0)

By Chad Bird

There will come a day, perhaps sooner, perhaps later, when the man in the coffin will be me. They say the dead don’t care, I'd like to have some say in what goes on at my funeral. Not that they will be privy to the details of what happens at their own funerals, but they still care about the world, about their …

Places of Pilgrimage»

Southern Pilgrimage (0)

CDC 2014 Participate in The Marist Experience 

By James Peppping 

As part of their curriculum, each year the students at the Catholic Discipleship College make a northern and southern pilgrimage to places of significance to the Catholic Church in Aotearoa. These explorations of our church history are also opportunities for our students to make connections with local communities beyond Auckland and undertake outreach activities such …

Poetry and Art»

Canticle for a Kiwi (0)

Bless the Lord! You sun, reflecting moon and stars!
And men of space, both outward bound and home again,
Bless the Lord! Bless Him, earth’s atmosphere,
Warm winds, great storms, and frost and hail and rain.

Bless the Lord, you tumbling mountain torrents
Bless Him, you glaciers, rivers, creeks and streams;
Bless the Lord, you ponds and pools and puddles,
And you limped lakes, reflecting …


Freddie, Goodbye and God Bless (0)

by Anne Kerrigan

by Anne Kerrigan

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 1900-1944. French writer, poet and pioneering aviator.

The Little Prince

Our foster home arrangement was considered a “short-term” home which meant that we had the child for just a …


Saint for November (0)

Saint1Saint Charles Boromeo

Saint Charles Borromeo was born to a noble family and was a cardinal by age 22, though not ordained priest and bishop till 1563. He was largely responsible for the success of the Council of Trent, but his work as a bishop is his chief claim to fame.

His large diocese was in a scandalous state, and he dedicated himself to …

Theological Reflection»

Mary for Today – Journey Towards Birth (0)

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

Reading: Luke 2:1-5.

Victims of Bureaucracy: Having reflected on both the Annunciation and Visitation, it is time to move towards Bethlehem. In her Magnificat Mary speaks of God’s kingdom overthrowing that of the rich and powerful: He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly (Lk 1:52). Now the powers of the world set their …