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Icon of St John Vianney, Curé of Ars (0)

July 31, 2014 • Category: This Month's Cover

St John Vianney's feast day is 4th August.
He has Marist connections and was patron of the Year of the Priest.

The cover icon was created in the St John the Baptist Studio, info@sacredart.co.nz .

Used with permission.


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Daily Reflections

  • Friday 29 August
  • Passion of John the Baptist

    Jeremiah 1: 17-19; Ps 71; Mark 6: 17-29

    The power of God’s persuasion

    Jeremiah was a reluctant prophet. He wasn’t a confident speaker so God needed to convince him he could do it. He also needed to reassure him that no matter what hostility he faced, he would be with him throughout. So it is with us. God sometimes needs …

Bill Lambert»

Lessons for life (0)

Bill Lambert

  • Take charge of events before they take charge of  you
  • Don’t look back except to say: “It was fun while it lasted.  Wasn’t I lucky to have it.   You can have it back Lord”
  • It’s not a question of  “CAN I do it?   The  question is “HOW will I to do it?”
  • If all else fails, read the instructions.
  • In business

Christianity in Action»

The Work of St Vincent de Paul (0)

de Paul House

By Catherine  McClintock

What does “homeless” mean?  What is a “homeless family”?  Until 10 years ago I did not understand the meaning of either but after 71/2 years working as Manager at de Paul House in Northcote Auckland and being a Board member for 4 years previous to that, I now have a greater appreciation of the pain and anguish these families …

Death of a Marist»

Fr William Grant Leeming, s.m. (0)

Fr Bill Leeming sm

What  follows is part of the eulogy delivered at Bill’s funeral by  Br. Matthew Morris sm  at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on 25 June 2014.

Bill had a well-defined path in life, which included family, many friends, companions and fellow travellers. Bill also knew that in the presence of God and his Holy Mother there was fullness of joy and it …


Apostleship of the Sea (0)

Jeff Drane sm

Sunday the 13th July is Sea Sunday in the global Catholic Calendar. It honours seafarers, fishers, port workers and their families. The Apostleship of the Sea NZ is a Catholic organisation that ministers to these people who bring the produce we consume. They work collaboratively with the Mission to Seafarers (Anglican]) and the International Seafarers Society (the other Churches).

Seafarers are responsible …

Focus Editorial»

The Creative Spirit (0)

Fr Bernard Carney sm

August can be a bitter month with the weather at its coldest. Flu can be wide-spread and mood levels at their lowest.

Nature seems to have an antidote for this malaise. It is called Spring. And the signals come with the odd good day and the blooming of flowers and blossoming of fruit trees.

I am reminded of a couple of …

Francis Speaks»

To the People of the Holy Land and on Piety (0)

Pope Francis emphasised that “the Lord’s goodness does not dispense us from the need for vigilance before the Tempter, before sin, before the evil and the betrayal which can enter even into the religious and priestly life. We are all exposed to sin, to evil, to betrayal. We are fully conscious of the disproportion between the grandeur of God’s call and of our own littleness, …


Can You Bear It? (0)

Three elderly men are at the doctor’s office for a memory test. The doctor asks the first man, “What is three times three?”

“274,” came the reply.

The doctor rolls his eyes and looks up at the ceiling, and says to the second man, “It’s your turn. What is three times three?”

“Tuesday,” replies the second man.

The doctor shakes his head sadly, then asks …


The Sanctuary Cross (0)

by Fr Merv Duffy sm

There are fashions in liturgy as in all human endeavours. The look of vestments changes from one decade to the next, the style of furnishings and decoration varies according to the tastes of those responsible for organizing them. Liturgy is innately conservative and the pace of change is usually quite slow, but anything alive undergoes change.

One recent fashion is …

Marist Spirituality»

Reflections on Marist Spirituality (7) (0)

Fr Denis Mahony sm

These reflections were first published in 2012 in Tutu - Another Way, written by Adele M.E..Jones with Michael McVerry sm.
They are printed with permission 


Now l would like to conclude with a note on covenant by Fr Craig Larkin.

‘We Marists have entered into a covenant agreement with Mary the Mother of God. The significance goes back to …

Missionary News»

China: Growing up in China (Part 1) (0)

Remarks recorded by Fr Bernard Jacquel, MEP  taken from “Missions Etrangeres de Paris” May 2014.

He comes from the north of China, but we will not mention any locality. Although it is not customary where he comes from, neither among Christians nor in his family, to use baptismal names, we will give him his: Joseph. He was born in 1980, he was ordained priest in …


Jesus’ Hands (0)

by Maria Kennedy

I read it on Stuff. The theory goes like this—ever since we, mankind, have been able to close our hands into a fist, we have been punching each other in the face. Fist fighting does not originate in the cowboy movies. Instead, it occurred four million years earlier when our ancestors started walking on two feet, and the proportions of our …


August Saints (0)

Saint Germanus of Auxerre (c.380-450)

Romanus was born of a noble family around 380. After the very best in education, he went to Rome, studying eloquence and civil law. He practised there for some years with great success, eventually marrying the highly esteemed Eustachia. The emperor sent him back to Gaul, entrusting him with the government of the Gallic provinces. He resided at Auxerre where …


The Greening Of The Mangrove (0)

by Fr Phil Cody sm

My Mother used to say the best part of holiday is looking forward to it! There is truth in that. The same might be said of my expectation of meeting up with the mangrove tree I had befriended while on retreat in Australia.1   When I arrived at the beach at the Mary MacKillop Centre called The Haven for …

Theological Reflection»

Mary for Today:- A New  World Vision – Mary Visits Elizabeth (0)

By Br Kieran Fenn FMS

The Visitation May 31st. Readings for this article: Luke 1:39-56 and 1 Samuel 1:1-2:10.

When Mary sings the Magnificat, she recalls the words of Hannah, the mother of Samuel, so as we read the passage we are in the company of three women (Hannah, Mary and Elizabeth). Hannah was one of the two wives of Elkanah.  His other wife, Penninah, …