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Crucifixion of Jesus (0)

March 1, 2015 • Category: This Month's Cover

The stained glass window of the Crucifixion of Jesus on the front cover is part of a window designed by Beverley Shore Bennett in St Michael’s Church, Kelburn, Wellington. The whole window is shown here.  The words at the lower left of the window state:




a reference to
Matthew 27:54

Photo Glen McCullogh

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Daily Reflections

  • Wednesday 4th March
  • Jeremiah 18:18-20,Ps. 31, Matthew 20:17-28

    Reject the love of power - submit to the power of love

    Someone once said we may be the only Gospel some people ever read. Disciples are called to reject the love of power, submitting instead to the power of love. Serving in love and joy is sustainable with the love of Jesus. We are called above all to desire …

Bill Farrelly»

The Journey Continues (0)

Bill Farrelly

by Bill Farrelly

To those who might have been following my journey I apologise for the long absence - and indeed I do not intend to again be a frequent visitor to these pages but it seemed I ought to bring you up to date on proceedings - especially in regard to my battle with addiction and with my long prayed-for and hoped-for reconciliation with …

Bill Lambert»

Heaven (0)

Bill Lambert

Bill Lambert

Developments in medical science in recent years have made it possible to bring to life many thousands of people who  are clinically dead – sometimes a few hours  after death. Many of these people, possibly as high as 20 per cent, report vivid experiences of heaven.

Their stories are remarkably similar. They leave their own bodies behind – often seeing their lifeless corpse …

Catholic Life»

In Baptism we are Called, Gifted, Sent (0)

“Our Baptism sticks us together, and the Holy Spirit makes us rise,” so said Rev. Francis Bennett when he was giving a homily to the parishioners of Tairua, in the Coromandel.  He said we were like bits of flour lying around the kitchen bench, and our Baptism unites us like dough into the Body of Christ, and His spirit causes us to rise like bread.…

Focus Editorial»

Disturbance in the World of Journalism (0)

Fr Bernard Carney sm

Fr Bernard Carney sm

Recently in Paris, in the office of Charlie Ebdo, a satirical magazine, a number of journalists were shot.  The messengers of a particular point of view paid for their beliefs with their lives in an act of terrorism.

The free world, while many did not agree with their message, sprang to the defence of the freedom of speech. There were well …

Francis Speaks»

On Marriage and Television (0)

Complementarity In Marriage

Vatican City, 17 November 2014 (VIS) 

“Complementarity is a valuable word, with multiple meanings. It may refer to different situations in which one element completes another or compensates for a lack. However, complementarity is much more than this”, said the Pope this morning to the participants in the international interreligious colloquium on complementarity between man and woman, organised by the Congregation for …

Inspiring lives»

Two Remarkable Ladies (0)

By John Colemen

By John Colemen

Mary MacKillop, St Mary of the Cross and Suzanne Aubert, Mother Mary Joseph    Part II

Suzanne Aubert from a middle class family, living in the vibrant Catholic city of Lyon,with opportunities to increase her knowledge and experiences. Seeking a way to achieve her goal as a religious.

Mary MacKillop from a family who struggled to make ends meet. Mary having to work …


Can You Bear It? (0)

A headmaster at a parochial school wanted to provide his new students some advice for appropriate behaviour at church. He thought he would try to elicit rules that their parents might give the youngsters before taking them to a nice restaurant.

“Don’t play with your food,” one second grader cited.

“Don’t be loud,” said another, and so on...

He then turned to another youngster to …


Reading A Church (0)

Fr Merv Duffy sm

by Fr Merv Duffy sm

Over Christmas I had the great delight of looking after a parish for three Sundays and the weekdays between. From 27 December until 12 January I said mass each day at St Mary’s in Nelson, an historic church that serves a vibrant parish community. Being there had a touch of nostalgia for me as I had spent my early childhood …

Missionary News»

Four Indians for Ebola Mission (0)

By Sister Betty Ambuja Rscj

By Sister Betty Ambuja Rscj

Worker in Sierra Leone.

Worker in Sierra Leone.

The bold print of the article in the Times of India caught the eye. Who would these Indians be?

It is a proud moment for the Church in India, for they are three priests and one brother belonging to a religious order called Ministers of the Sick, or Camillians, after their Founder, St. Camillus de Lellis. …


Eighty years in Aotearoa New Zealand (0)

Sr Patricia Leamy

By Sr. Patricia Leamy SMSM

2014 was a year of thanksgiving for the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary since it marked eighty years since the opening of their first community in New Zealand.  We have been known through the years as the “Leper Nursing Sisters”, the Missionary Sisters, or simply the “SMSM”.  A number of sisters had been in New Zealand prior to …

Poetry and Art»

Morning Thought (0)

It is the early dawn




but I am in my room

     carpet on the floor

           selected prints upon the wall

                 and on the table

                        jars and jewellery

but these soft drapes

       these material things

            cannot withhold

                   the dawning

                       of His new day in me.

I am as vapour

       He the light

             And that the mystery.

Fay Clayton

Dawn Light



Jesus – The Face of God (0)

By Fr Tom Ryan sm

By Fr Tom Ryan sm

Palm Sunday

See Readings  Sunday 29 March  - p27      

Today marks a more intense phase of our journey with Jesus to Easter. The Church returns to its earliest memories, namely, the Passion narratives that formed the building blocks of the four Gospels. However, the drama of the Passion should integrate but not override other aspects of today’s Liturgy. To that …


March Saints (0)

Saint1Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac 


Born in Bordeaux, France, in1556, Jeanne was the eldest of the family. Her father was a fervent Catholic, her mother a convinced Calvinist. Jeanne was drawn to Catholicism, while her mother continually tried to undermine the child’s faith. In the end, Jeanne opted to follow her father, and an interior voice confirmed her choice: “Be careful, daughter. Don’t let the …


Contemplating the Truth About Marriage for Life (0)

by Sue Jones

by Sue Jones

Part I

It is a hard time to be a Catholic who loves God. The loss of Christian culture and the division inside the Church are unexpected realities which add to the difficulty of living a sacramental life. Parish life is shrinking. Those of us who are left are forced to realise just how different Catholic life is from a secular life. …

Theological Reflection»

Mary for Today (0)

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

Mary as Disciple in the Ministry of Jesus

Readings Mark 3:31-35; Luke 11:27-28.

Love for God’s Kingdom: Jesus began his public ministry with the proclamation that the reign of God had broken into human history. Those who heard his message and followed him as his disciples were ordinary people called from ordinary lives to learn a new way of living. …