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Mary at Pentecost and in the new-born Church (0)

April 30, 2016 • Category: Focus Editorial, This Month's Cover

This month we celebrate Pentecost, the feast of the Church being born in the fire of the Holy Spirit. One in mind and heart and gathered around Mary, the first believers gave strong witness to the resurrection of Jesus (Acts 2:1-4, 42-47), and to the joy that comes from being part of something extraordinarily wonderful. […]

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Daily Reflections

  • Monday 30 May
  • Ninth Week in Ordinary Time 2 Peter 1:2-7, Ps 91, Mark 12:1-12 The corrupt Pope Francis gave a homily on this parable. He identified three sorts of people in Mark’s gospel. The sinners we can identify in all of us. They were like spectators who weren’t directly involved but didn’t prevent the murders either. The […]

Catholic Life»

St Joseph and Pope Francis (Comments Off)

Except for John Paul I every pope since Blessed Pius IX has spoken about St Joseph. Pope Francis has done so more than once. The Holy Father first shared some thoughts about our saint in the homily at his Mass of inauguration on 19 July 2013. The pope spoke about the saint’s mission as protector […]

Church History»

Eugenio by Name, Pius by Choice (1) (0)

Eugenio Pacelli, Pope Pius XII, is a towering papal figure. His image is iconic. But what went before the image? The child, the boy, the young man? There are many photographs of Eugenio’s early life. What do we see? As the child, so the man, maybe — timidity, innocence, intelligence, sensitivity, early intentionality. Do his […]

Churches»

Awesome Churches: St John Lateran (0)

Some churches simply stick in your mind and never go away. For me, one of those is St John Lateran, or, more correctly, the Archbasilica of St John in Lateran. One reason is that the Dedication of St John Lateran is celebrated as a feast  on 9th November each year, which reflects its importance as […]

Death of a Marist»

Fr Noel Delaney sm (0)

Fr Noel Delaney sm Born in Nuhaka 12 October 1922 Professed 10 February 1942 Ordained 12 December 1948 Died at Silverstream 13 February 2016 Thanks to Fr Rodney Smyth sm for this edited version of his eulogy, with additional material provided by Marist Archives. Father Noel was born in Nuhaka just out of Wairoa. One […]

Focus Editorial»

Mary at Pentecost and in the new-born Church (0)

This month we celebrate Pentecost, the feast of the Church being born in the fire of the Holy Spirit. One in mind and heart and gathered around Mary, the first believers gave strong witness to the resurrection of Jesus (Acts 2:1-4, 42-47), and to the joy that comes from being part of something extraordinarily wonderful. […]

Francis Speaks»

Mercy (0)

Mercy and Commitment The Jubilee of Mercy is an opportunity to enter in depth into the mystery of God’s goodness and love. The Church invites us to get to know better the Lord Jesus, and to live faith in a way coherent with a lifestyle that expresses the Father’s mercy. My life, my attitude, my […]

Inspiring lives»

St Elizabeth Ann Seton, s.c. (0)

Widow, foundress and educator When Pope John XXIII beatified Elizabeth Seton in March 1963, he said, “In a house that was very small, but with ample space for charity, she sowed a seed in America which by Divine Grace grew into a large tree.” Twelve years later, she became America’s first native born saint and […]

Jokes»

Can You Bear It? (0)

A Mexican bandit used to cross the Rio Grande now and again to rob banks in Texas. A reward was offered for his capture, and a Texas ranger decided to track him down. After a lengthy search, he found the bandit in his favorite cantina, snuck up behind him, put his revolver to the bandit’s […]

Liturgy»

Annunciation and Agony (0)

Sacred buildings and requisites for divine worship should be truly worthy and beautiful and be signs and symbols of heavenly realities. (General Instruction of the Roman Missal: NZ Edition, 288) In the last two issues of the Messenger this column addressed the sanctuary of St Francis de Sales and All Souls in Devonport. One feature […]

Missionary News»

Ranong (0)

Marists on the Thailand-Burma border (3) Each day I arrive at the Marist Centre, Ranong, on the border with Burma, and enjoy the sound of 200 children coming to school. Their laughs, smiles, growing sense of confidence and dignity are contagious. How they arrive with clean white shirts still amazes me. After three years serving […]

Places of Pilgrimage»

Going with God (0)

Searching for St Vincent de Paul One of the few plans I made before going on my pilgrimage was that I’d visit the St Vincent de Paul head office in Paris. I thought it would make an interesting story to share with my fellow St Mary of the Angels Conference members when I returned – […]

Poetry and Art»

The Visitation – Luke 1:39-45, 56 (0)

by John Ewen Cousin, I was pushed out from the shade by what I could not tell until I saw you coming, shimmering in the heat as if you were afloat above the ground. What made you come now, at this time I asked myself; how did you know? Then you came closer, your voice […]

Saints»

May Saints (0)

Saint Damien de Veuster (1840-1888) Born Joseph de Veuster in Belgium in 1840, Damien was destined by his father for a commercial profession. But a Redemptorist mission changed all that, and at the age of 20 he took his religious vows with the Picpus Fathers, taking the name of Damien. At his request, he was […]

Theological Reflection»

Mary for Today – Mary in Culture (2) (0)

Mary and Mediterranean values With the Emperor Constantine’s adoption of Christianity as a legal Roman religion, Christians felt an urgent need to clarify their ideas about Jesus as Messiah. As Mediterranean males (the ones who did the theologising) they were naturally concerned that the mother of Jesus was part of the project. Mariology developed from […]

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 thought. And, having considered prayer in […]