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The Light of the World (0)

December 1, 2018 • Category: Focus Editorial, This Month's Cover

In ancient times, many people regarded the sun as the most important god. The sun gave the world warmth and light. Fires were lit during winter to boost the weakening strength of the sun. Sol, the sun-god, was the principal deity of the Roman Empire, and 25 December, by which day the sun had begun to come back to the skies of the northern hemisphere, was Sol’s birthday.… More

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Daily Reflections

  • Tuesday 18 December
  • Jeremiah 23:5-8; Psalm 71 (72):1-2, 12-13, 18-19; Matthew 1:18-24

    Emmanuel ‘God with us’

    The name Emmanuel, ‘God with us,’ is given to Jesus during the crisis Joseph experienced when he discovered that Mary, to whom he was betrothed, was pregnant. Immediately before this (Matthew 1:1-17), a look at a sample of her child’s ancestors uncovers stories of leaving lands, escape, wandering, being uprooted and displaced.… More

Churches»

Nativity in Stained Glass (0)

These three windows in St Benedict’s Church, Newton, Auckland, tell the nativity sequence beautifully. The birth of Jesus in the stable, the angels pointing the way so the shepherds could adore Him, and the Magi coming with their gifts - the Epiphany.… More

Death of a Marist»

Bishop John Doaninoel SM (0)

Born 1 March 1950 in Tinputz, Bougainville
Professed 2 February 1976
Ordained Priest 20 December 1980
Ordained Bishop 8 March 2008
Died 7 August 2018, at Holy Cross Residence, Honiara

Bishop John Doaninoel was described as an important and a powerful Marist figure in the Church in Oceania.… More

Focus Editorial»

The Light of the World (0)

In ancient times, many people regarded the sun as the most important god. The sun gave the world warmth and light. Fires were lit during winter to boost the weakening strength of the sun. Sol, the sun-god, was the principal deity of the Roman Empire, and 25 December, by which day the sun had begun to come back to the skies of the northern hemisphere, was Sol’s birthday.… More

Francis Speaks»

Recognising the Child Jesus in the faces of little children (0)

In Bethlehem, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary. He was born, not by the will of man, but by the gift of the love of God our Father, who so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).… More

Musings»

Christmas: a Time of Joy and of Loss (0)

There is a season for everything,
a time for every occupation under heaven.

A time for embracing
and a time to refrain from embracing.

A time for losing
and for keeping, a time for letting go.

There is a season for everything. More

Reflection»

The Gift of a Child (0)

In the chapel of the Retreat House at Manresa in Dublin there is a beautiful sculpture of the Madonna and Child. Mary is clasping the infant to her shoulder in a gentle embrace. As my Director pointed out, it is very unusual for the Child to be facing His mother, rather than looking out at us.… More

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The Growth Struggle (Comments Off)

The life journey on this earth is also one of spiritual growth, and we know that tension is a requirement.

Growth through the tension of opposite states is a condition of nature.

Let us think about that for a moment.

At this time of the year, we see trees bursting into leaf.… More

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Soul-Making (Comments Off)

“Some say the world is a ‘vale of tears’, I say it is a place of soul-making.” John Keats

When we are young, much of life experience seems unplanned and random. Our dear little hearts are torn by both love and disappointment, one as painful as the other, and without warning, days open up under our feet, hurtling us into some new happening.… More

Saints»

December Saints (0)

Saint Edburga of Thanet (d. 751)

Edburga was the only daughter of King Centwine and Queen Engyth of Wessex, the 8th century royal family of Kent, England. She became a Benedictine nun of the Minster-in-Thanet Abbey in 716 where she became a friend and student of Saint Mildrith, whom she eventually succeeded as Abbess.… More

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