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How the Catholic Faith came to Pukapuka (0)

Pukapuka is a small isolated island in the northern group of the Cook Islands.

I find the story of how the Faith came to this island especially moving because it involves some of our sisters who worked in Samoa early last century.

In 1913 a young man


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Daily Reflections

  • Sunday 26 June
  • Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

    1 Kings 19:16, 19-21; Ps. 16; Galatians 5:1, 13-18; Luke 9:51-62

    Following and judging

    Elisha is called to follow in the footsteps of the prophet Elijah. We are called to follow Christ


Christianity in Action»

Catholic Discipleship College (0)

Here at the Catholic Discipleship College we are delighted to have another group of wonderful students for 2016, all seeking to grow deeper in their relationship with Christ.

Each day our students receive a rich array of spiritual foods, starting with


Church History»

Eugenio by Name, Pius by Choice (2) (0)

By the age of eighteen, Eugenio had entered the seminary in Rome to train as a priest. The routines of seminary life were time-honoured and fruitful, involving study, prayer and various kinds of recreation. The manual of the time states the purpose



Awesome Church – St Peter’s Basilica (0)

When I sat down to put my thoughts on paper about St Peter’s, I was looking for one word to describe it. Magnificent, awesome, majestic, prayerful, striking, blessed, vast, amazing, inspiring, perfect -- all apply, but not completely. Let me tell



How the Catholic Faith came to Pukapuka (0)

Pukapuka is a small isolated island in the northern group of the Cook Islands.

I find the story of how the Faith came to this island especially moving because it involves some of our sisters who worked in Samoa early last century.

In 1913 a young man


Focus Editorial»

Pornography: ‘Create in us a clean heart, O God’ (0)

"A society that makes light of chastity and winks at pornography in the name of freedom brings on itself precisely those behaviours that involve lack of self-respect, lack of respect for others, and lack of self-control. Society’s confusion about sexuality has consequences beyond sexuality itself. " Seeking Faith, NZ Catholic Bishops’ Conference website.

There’s been much in the media about pornography during the past few months. The New Zealand athlete Nick Willis used Facebook to talk about his struggles with porn, and his being ‘porn-free’ for two and a half years. Porn remains a temptation


Francis Speaks»

On Forgiveness (0)

God’s forgiveness blots out sin at the root

Today we shall complete the catecheses on mercy in the Old Testament by meditating on Psalm 51[50]. It is a penitential prayer in which the request for forgiveness is preceded by the confession of sins and in which the one praying allows himself to



Can You Bear It? (0)

The young couple invited their elderly parish priest for Sunday dinner. While they were in the kitchen getting the meal ready, the priest asked their son what they were having. ‘Goat,’ the little boy replied. ‘Goat?’ said the startled man of



The Prayer of the Faithful (0)

The sacrament of Baptism produces a variety of effects in the person receiving the sacrament. The Catholic Catechism declares,

‘Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access


Missionary News»

Ranong: Marists on the Thailand-Burma border (4) (0)

Being a missionary

In the March Messenger I wrote about how I recognised my Mum was part of my early experience of being a missionary. I carried her sultana cakes when she went visiting the sick, lonely and those recently out of hospital.

I saw and experienced the


Places of Pilgrimage»

Going with God (0)

The wind goes wherever it pleases. You can hear its voice but you can’t hear its sound. John 3:8

As readers may recall from the first part of my pilgrimage story, I decided to abandon my DIY ‘I can do this alone’ ideas to let God direct operations



Peace (0)

A state of mutual harmony between people; a state of tranquillity or serenity. Dictionary.com

It is one thing to look at peace within a peaceful setting and another to look at the Holy Spirit’s gift of peace in a violent setting. I consider a marriage breakup a form of violence involving much pain and heartache. In New Zealand, according



June Saints (0)

Saint Ephrem (died circa 373)

Poet, teacher, orator and defender of the faith, Ephrem is the only Syrian recognised as a doctor of the Church. Born in Nisibis, Mesopotamia, he was baptised as a young man and became famous as a teacher in his native


Social Justice»

Young Marist Neighbours (0)

The student information sheet states that the goal of Young Marist Neighbours is: To provide young people with the opportunity to serve those in need, to learn what the Scriptures and our Tradition say about justice, and to hear the ways that


Stories of Mercy»

Stories of Mercy (0)

Jeremy Gray sm

To mark the Year of Mercy the Marist Messenger will present a series of reflections on the lives of Marists who have worked in New Zealand since 1838 and in whose lives mercy has shone. This article on Jeremy Gray sm was first published in the SMNZ newsletter.

The details of Jeremy Gray’s death are sparse and unforgiving. As part of preparation for final vows he had been on pastoral placement in the parish of St Louis in southern New Caledonia. Before a move inland to a centre for the training of catechists


Theological Reflection»

Mary for Today: Mary in Culture (3) (0)


To find out what any text in Scripture means, it is obvious that the social system behind the text is of prime importance. The world of the first century Eastern Mediterranean had its own social system and its highest values were kinship and concern


Understanding Prayer»

PRAYER – Who? Me!! (Comments Off)

When Jesus spoke of prayer he addressed all of his disciples. It was not merely to the apostles or to the holy women who followed him. And his insistence on prayer in the lives of his followers was so often repeated we would be wise to give it some