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Prayerful Churches: Wells Cathedral (0)

by Glen McCullogh

by Glen McCullogh

Continuing on from Buckfast Abbey (see July issue), our bus tour took us to Wells Cathedral (about 25 km south of Bristol) for our lunch stop.

Our first glimpse of  Wells Cathedral was across a green, and it was truly impressive.  Built in an early gothic style, with square towers rather than spires, it stood squat and very solid in the landscape …

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Daily Reflections

  • Tuesday 1 September
  • 22nd Week in Ordinary Time

    1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11; Ps.27; Luke 4:31-17

    What is this word?

    Picture yourself among the crowd in today’s gospel. You are amazed at Jesus’ words and actions. What is the word that echoes most strongly in you as you pray with this story of someone who is trapped. Through an encounter with Jesus, this person comes into freedom and light. …

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Prayerful Churches (0)

Fr Bernard Carney sm

Fr Bernard Carney sm

In recent months the Marist Messenger’s Liturgy Column has centred on the city church of Nelson. Last month saw the beginning of a series of articles on churches in Europe. There is a world of difference between the weatherboard New Zealand church and the more grand stone and marble buildings of communities who have held the faith for centuries. Not only …

Francis Speaks»

to the Priests, Seminarians, Religious; About Wounded Families (0)

Pope Speaks DecVIS 9 July 2015: “Today I am to speak to the priests, seminarians, women and men religious, and to say something to them. I thought about the Virgin, I thought about Mary … Mary never took centre stage. She was a disciple all through her life. The first disciple of her Son. And she was aware that everything she had was due to the pure …

Jokes»

Can you Bear It? (0)

Bear Laughing_cropThe  Best Way To Pray

A priest, a minister and a guru sat discussing the  best positions for prayer, while a telephone  repairman worked nearby.

“Kneeling is  definitely the best way to pray,” the priest  said.

“No,” said the minister. “I get the  best results standing with my hands outstretched  to Heaven.”

“You’re both wrong,” the guru  said. “The most effective prayer position is  lying …

Liturgy»

St Michael Window (0)

Fr Merv Duffy sm

by Fr Merv Duffy sm

Michael Dunedin

A similar window from Dunedin Cathedral

I am still reading my way around St Mary’s Church in Nelson. This is one of the oldest parish churches in New Zealand, its foundation stone was laid in 1883 and is the second church on the site the first having been erected in 1856, enlarged in 1865, and destroyed by fire on Easter …

Places of Pilgrimage»

Prayerful Churches: Wells Cathedral (0)

by Glen McCullogh

by Glen McCullogh

Continuing on from Buckfast Abbey (see July issue), our bus tour took us to Wells Cathedral (about 25 km south of Bristol) for our lunch stop.

Our first glimpse of  Wells Cathedral was across a green, and it was truly impressive.  Built in an early gothic style, with square towers rather than spires, it stood squat and very solid in the landscape …

Saints»

September Saints (0)

Saint1Saint Lawrence Justinian
(1381-1456)

Lawrence Justinian belonged to a Venetian patrician family. His pious mother sowed the seeds of a devout religious life in the boy’s youth. In 1400, he entered the monastery of the Canons Regular of St. Augustine near Venice. Despite his youth he excited admiration by his poverty, mortifications, and fervour in prayer. Following ordination in 1406, Lawrence was chosen prior of …

Theological Reflection»

Mary for Today: Mary and Our Image of God (0)

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

Part One 

Throughout history Mary, the mother of Jesus, has been the source of endless fascination for Christians. In the years since Vatican II we have seen Mary celebrated as a woman, as one who journeys by faith as we do, as a role-model for feminists – or its opposite, and even as a challenge to patriarchal religion. Mary has …