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Sea Sunday: 14 July – “For Those in Peril on the Sea …” (0)

July 1, 2019 • Category: This Month's Cover

Working at sea is a dangerous occupation. For instance: in New Zealand waters in June and July last year, 96 “accidents, incidents and mishaps” were reported to Maritime NZ, as required by Section 31 of the Maritime Transport Act 1994. Wikipedia records 229 ships ‘sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost’ during 2017, 193 in 2018, and 87 from January to mid-May this year.… More

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Daily Reflections

  • Wednesday 24 July
  • Exodus 16:1-5, 9-15; Psalm 78; Matthew 13:1-9

    The potential of the seed

    We have passed the winter equinox and we imagine the days getting a little bit lighter, even if they still seem a little bit wetter! Jesus uses many images in his parables from the land and in today’s gospel he portrays the seed and the sower as images of the kingdom.… More

Book Review»

The Mission Changed the Missionary (0)

The following is the text of a speech given by Fr Mervyn Duffy SM at the launch of the book by Peter Tremewan and Giselle Larcombe, entitled Living Among the Northland Māori: Diary of Father Antoine Garin, 1844-1846 (600 pages, Canterbury University Press).More

Church Teaching»

Standing Up To Suicide (0)

The statistics:

New Zealand

From July 2017 to June 2018, 668 people died by suspected suicide. It was the fourth year in a row the number had increased, 10 percent more than the previous year’s figure of 606. The dominant age group was 21 to 24 year olds and the largest ethnic group is Māori.… More

Death of a Marist»

Fr Philip John Soulsby SM (0)

Born 13 October 1931
in Saltash, Cornwall, England
Professed 2 February 1966
Ordained 26 April 1969
Died 22 April 2019 in Brisbane

Phillip John Soulsby, known to all of us as ‘Jack’, was born in Saltash, Cornwall, in the UK. His parents, Ronald and Margaret had two daughters as well as their son, Jack.… More

Francis Speaks»

Francis Speaks (0)

On where the Pope’s energy comes from

It’s a gift of the Lord. When I am visiting a country I forget everything, but not because I want to forget; it comes spontaneously to me to forget, and I’m fully there. This gives me perseverance.… More

Historical New Zealand»

Fr Jeremiah O’Reily OFMCap – (0)

- and the Early Catholic History of Wellington

Part 4 of 4

Fr O’Reily was an excellent writer, with an appetite for debate. He engaged in robust, but generally good-humoured, argument with Protestant writers in the colony’s newspapers. Papers of the day were prepared to publish remarkably sophisticated and extended correspondence.… More

Marist History»

The Early History of the Marist Sisters – Part 2 of 3 (0)

Between her arrival in Cerdon in 1817 and September 1823, Jeanne Marie shared the joys and the anguish of the Colin brothers in their efforts to get approbation for the new society. After a time living with the sisters of St Joseph in the town, she went to live in the presbytery as the housekeeper for Jean-Claude and Pierre Colin.… More

Marist News»

Marist Messenger 1934 — 1947 (0)

By the Editor

Since it began, the Marist Messenger has carried a wealth of information about Pacific, New Zealand and Australian Church history, about Marist history, ministry among Māori, and about Marist and Church

personalities. There was also a wide range of devotional material and poetry.More

MM 50 Years Ago»

MM 50 Years Ago (0)

Cardinal of the South Pacific

Our Cardinal’s welcome home in June was a triumph. His people paid a rare tribute of loyalty and love to a Father in God who despite his deep and obvious affection for them is yet reserved in manner.… More


A School for Prayer (23) (0)

Spiritual Guidance (2 of 5)

The ancient tradition of the spiritual life

By Fr Craig  Larkin SM, 1943 - 2015

The ‘Abba’ in the Desert Tradition

From the beginning, the ministry of spiritual accompaniment or guidance belonged not to the hierarchic organization of the Church, but to the prophetic or “charismatic” part of the Church.… More


July Saints (0)

Saint Paulina do Agonizante de Jesus

Amabile Lucia Visintainer was born in Italy in 1865 of poor, practising Catholic parents. In 1875, her family emigrated to the State of St Catherine in Brazil.

On 12 July 1890, Amabile and a friend took care of a woman suffering from cancer, and laid the foundations of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, with the approval of the local bishop.… More

Theological Reflection»

The Mind of Christ, the Mass and You – Part 1 of 2 (0)

An approach to deepen our participation

Let this mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus
Philippians 2:5

In that scripture text we find expressed the drive towards the fullness of life of the Christian; what growth in the Christian life seeks to achieve.… More