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Prayerful Churches: Berlin to Remember (0)

January 31, 2016 • Category: Places of Pilgrimage, This Month's Cover
Glen McCullogh

Glen McCullogh

For a practicing Catholic, Berlin was a disappointment. The old churches have been turned into museums, and the nearest parish church was too far away to walk from our hotel. We were told that only 2% of Germans attend church.

From the Hop-On-Hop-off bus we had seen a ruined church tower, and on our last day in Berlin we came across it as

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Daily Reflections

  • Sunday 7 February
  • FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    Isaiah 6:1-8, 1Corinthians 15:1-11, Ps.138,
    Luke 5:1-11

    Come as You Are

    Just as Peter was called to follow the Lord, so are we. Just as Peter felt unworthy to serve the Lord, so can we.( I certainly feel unworthy to write these Reflections). Just as Peter considered he lacked the qualities needed to follow Jesus, so can we. But Jesus …

Catholic Life»

Stations of the Cross (0)

The Stations of the Cross shown are in the Chapel at the Home of Compassion, Island Bay. They are backlit and made of handmade coloured float glass.
HOC Chapel

1. Jesus is Condemned to Death

Jesus, you knew why you went up to Jerusalem that final time. You asked your Father to “take the cup away” but accepted it anyway. During the long trial you stood, infuriating …

Death of a Marist»

Br Lawrence Hampton sm (0)

Br Lawrence Hampton sm 18/1/1920-29/10/2015

Br Lawrence Hampton sm
18/1/1920-29/10/2015

What follows is a eulogy delivered by Br Bill Archer sm at Sacred Heart Church Addington, on 4th November 2015.

I am honoured to share a few words and memories of Br Lawrence Hampton sm. Mainly his Bougainville days. I was there from 1963 to 1989, Lawrence from 1950 to 1989, 40 years. His last year was scary as the

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Christian Humanism (0)

Fr Bernard Carney sm

Fr Bernard Carney sm

Christian Humanism

Recently Pope Francis spoke to a Congress of Italian Bishops. Among many things he said were some comments on the theme of humanism. In other words, what makes a good person. He did not want to  get in to abstract language but he wanted  in his words “to present with simplicity some features of Christian Humanism, something akin to

Francis Speaks»

The Pope on Blessed Oscar Romero (0)

Pope FrancisVatican City, 30 October 2015 (VIS) – This morning five hundred pilgrims from El Salvador, who are in Rome to give thanks for the beatification of the bishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, met with the Holy Father in the Paul VI Hall. The Pope defined the Salvadoran bishop martyr as a “good pastor, full of love for God and close to his brothers who, living the …

Jokes»

Can You Bear It? (0)

Bear Laughing_cropBob is a favourite conductor among commuters on the train. He has great rapport with the regulars, but occasionally runs into a problem rider.

One passenger, for instance, seemed irritated at having to hand over his ticket to be punched.

“Where are you going today?” Bob asked, smiling.

“Well, what does the ticket say?” replied the traveller sarcastically.

“Um, it says you’re on the wrong

Liturgy»

What is a Church? (0)

Fr Merv Duffy sm

by Fr Merv Duffy sm

I re-traced some of my own history in the last fortnight, calling in on two churches which were very significant to me when I was a seminarian. Now, that was all over thirty years ago so I should have anticipated that things might have changed. It turns out that those places of worship have indeed been transformed and it led …

Opinion»

The Final Marian Dogma (0)

by Pat Barrett

by Pat Barrett

A recent article in the Marist Messenger (July 2015) questioning the need for, or indeed the authenticity, of  proclaiming a final Marian Dogma - that of Mary Co-redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate, has brought to mind some important truths concerning this much hoped for definition.

While the aforementioned article attempted to address this issue with some success it failed to acknowledge the constant

Places of Pilgrimage»

Prayerful Churches: Berlin to Remember (0)

Glen McCullogh

Glen McCullogh

For a practicing Catholic, Berlin was a disappointment. The old churches have been turned into museums, and the nearest parish church was too far away to walk from our hotel. We were told that only 2% of Germans attend church.

From the Hop-On-Hop-off bus we had seen a ruined church tower, and on our last day in Berlin we came across it as

Poetry and Art»

Calvary (0)

Overlooking Jerusalem

Overlooking Jerusalem

Stark

and dark

upon a hill

there stood a tree

whose dark timbers

drank

blood

and infamy.

Let

titoki

and the rata

and the great

pohutukawa

spread

their red

in memory.

He was bruised for our sins...

By Fay Clayton

Reflection»

Fundamentalism (0)

JOY MM1

by Joy Cowley

Many of us have a negative view of fundamentalism, but doesn’t that word simply describe the beginnings of our growth in faith?

Whether we talk about Islamic fundamentalism, Bible fundamentalism or Canon Law fundamentalism, we are referring to a belief system that is the religious ground in which people are planted.

These systems are designed to help people grow towards God.

Negative

Saints»

February Saints (0)

Saint1Blessed Elizabeth Canori Mora (1774-1825)

Blessed Elizabeth Canori Mora was born in Rome on 21 November 1774 to Tommaso and Teresa Primoli. Her family was well off, profoundly Christian, and diligent in the education of their children. Elizabeth studied with the Augustinian Sisters of Cascia, where she was noted for her intelligence, profound interior life and spirit of penance. Returning to Rome, she led a

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Chastity (0)

by Maria Kennedy

by Maria Kennedy

Chastity for Christians means not having any sexual relations before marriage. It also means fidelity to husband or wife during marriage. Wikipedia

Chastity is an uncool fruit of the Holy Spirit in today’s world. Rather than deal with it directly I have decided to look at an underlying bond that exists between couples and which I believe is permeated with the graces

Theological Reflection»

Mary for Today: – Mary and the Image of God (V) (0)

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

As it Was:  We finished the last piece with the motherhood of the Spirit that was expressed in prayer:

As the wings of doves over their nestling,
And the mouths of their nestlings towards      their mouths,
So also are the wings of the Spirit over my      heart.

This motherhood image shifted to the Church as holy mother and to Mary