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Father Jean Baptiste Comte (Pa Kometa) (Pt 2) (0)

July 1, 2014 • Category: Historical New Zealand, This Month's Cover

by Ken Scadden

During his time in New Zealand he was called upon to assist in a wide range of duties, for example in July 1847 Father Comte’s Maori language skills were called on to help Hon. Mrs Petre present a silver cup to the Te Ati Awa rangitira Te Puni. The cup, a gift of Alexander Currie, Esq of London was in recognition of …

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Daily Reflections

  • Tuesday 29 July
  • John 4:7-16; Ps 34; Luke 10:38-42
    or John 11:19-27

    Tolerance

    John’s reading today is about love. “Let us love one another, for love comes from God” Well I am sure that we do love God. But our neighbours? When they tailgate us - have noisy parties - jump the queue? Do we really have to love them? Jesus says that we have to, so we …

Bill Lambert»

Heavy Burdens  (0)

Bill Lambert

I think most of us carry secret burdens which weigh down our spiritual lives. It may be a barrier of resentment stopping forgiveness for a past wrong… a continuing remorse for some past sin…   a recurring shame over some embarrassing incident of long ago…   a weight of self judgement that crushes our self worth…  a longing that we had taken a …

Church History»

The Secondary Patrons of Ireland – St Brigid (0)

by Joseph McHugh

St. Brigid of Kildare

The very youngest years of the life of St. Brigid of Kildare overlap the final years of St. Patrick (d. 461). St. Brigid directly influenced several other future saints of Ireland, and her many religious communities helped to secure the country's conversion from paganism to the Catholic faith.

According to one of the more credible biographies of Brigid, …

Focus Editorial»

Churches of the Pacific (0)

Fr Bernard Carney sm

On May 12th the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania met in Wellington.

 

There was a gathering of more than 80 bishops.  In an insightful homily (on page 47) Bishop Charles Drennan points to the power of the Holy Spirit working with parish structures. The Church in New Zealand began with many threads converging but one of significance was …

Francis Speaks»

On Peace, and Receives Governor General (0)

Challenges to Peace: Arms Trade, Forced Migration

The Holy Father focused his address to the diplomats on the challenges posed to peace by the arms trade and forced migration.

“Peace: this word summarises all the assets to which every person and all human societies aspire”, he said. “Also the effort with which we seek to promote diplomatic relations has, in the final analysis, the sole …

Historical New Zealand»

Father Jean Baptiste Comte (Pa Kometa) (Pt 2) (0)

by Ken Scadden

During his time in New Zealand he was called upon to assist in a wide range of duties, for example in July 1847 Father Comte’s Maori language skills were called on to help Hon. Mrs Petre present a silver cup to the Te Ati Awa rangitira Te Puni. The cup, a gift of Alexander Currie, Esq of London was in recognition of …

Inspiring lives»

“A Down-under Spirituality” – Mother Suzanne Aubert (0)

Bishop Charles
Drennan, Homilist

Homily Preached at the Chapel of the Sisters of Compassion for Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania.

The history of the Church can be told in many ways. I think the most beautiful, would be a history of our spiritualties.  What could be more inspiring than the panorama, the kaleidoscope, of the Holy Spirit’s work, entering into our human history …

Jokes»

Can You Bear It? (0)

On an overseas flight a lawyer and an older man were in adjoining seats.  The lawyer asked the senior if he’d like to play a little game.  The older man was tired and he told the lawyer he only wanted to sleep.

But the lawyer insisted the game was a lot of fun.

“Here’s how it works” he said.  “I’ll ask you a question.  If …

Liturgy»

Reciting  the  Creed (0)

by Fr Merv Duffy sm

I  lecture  to  seminarians  about  Theology,  I  am  teaching  the  ‘Trinity’  paper  at  present.  The  standard  systematic  approach  to  any  theological  question  is:  ‘What  does  Scripture  and  Tradition  have  to  say  about  it?’  Scripture  is  all  found  in  the  one  book,  but  the  Tradition  is  harder  to  define.  The  most  important  texts  after  the  scriptures  are  the  Creeds.  They  are  …

Marist Spirituality»

Reflections on Marist Spirituality (6) – Instruments of Divine Mercy (0)

Fr Denis Mahony

These reflections were first published in 1212 in Tutu -  Another Way, written by Adele M.E.Jones with Michael McVerry sm. They are reprinted with permission

Fr Colin said: ’Marists will be completely empty of themselves so that they may be filled with graces and become in the hands of God worthy instruments of divine mercy towards their neighbour.’

The theme of the …

Places of Pilgrimage»

A Splendid French Cathedral – Chartres (0)

by Tricia O'Donnell

Chartres Cathedral is known as the Jewel of France – with good reason.  It’s long and colourful history began with a deep devotion to our Blessed Mother, a devotion which continues today in the form of thousands of pilgrims visiting every year.  Mary’s presence, however, was here long before the present cathedral was built.

By the time the Gothic masterpiece we now …

Saints»

June Saints (Comments Off)

Saint Gaspar Bertoni (1777-1835)

Gaspar Bertoni, son of a wealthy lawyer and notary, was born in 1777 in Verona, Italy, to a pious family. Following the death of his baby sister, he remained the only child. He was educated first at home, then by Jesuits and the Marian Congregation. At his first Holy Communion, he was blessed with a vision and a message that he …

Theological Reflection»

Mary for the Third Millennium:(8) –  The Joy of the Gospel (0)

by Br Kieran Fenn fms

And in Conclusion…: When Pope Francis came to the conclusion of his 2013 apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, he turned to  Mary as mother of evangelisation. In her presence with the disciples in the upper room (Acts 1:14), praying for the coming of the Holy Spirit, the pope sees the beginning of the great mission to bring the message of …