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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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