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Adoration of the Magi (Comments Off)

December 1, 2021 • Category: Church Art, This Month's Cover


Domingos António de Sequeira, also known as Domingos Sequeira, was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1768. He died in Rome in 1837.… More

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Daily Reflections

  • Thursday 27 January
  • 2 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29; Psalm 132:1-5, 11-14; Mark 4:21-25

    Jesus is the light

    The mystery of the reign of God present in Jesus is hidden in the ordinariness of his life and in the difficulties people have in understanding his teaching.… More

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Catholic Life»

How to be a ‘Good Enough’ Family (Comments Off)

Beware of family photos which are proudly presented on social media and on Christmas cards, because they simply do not reflect the true state of anyone's family.… More

Church Art»

Adoration of the Magi (Comments Off)


Domingos António de Sequeira, also known as Domingos Sequeira, was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1768. He died in Rome in 1837.… More


December Crossword (Comments Off)

The winner of the Marist Messenger prize for the October Crossword was Cyril Gilfedder of Dunedin.

Solution for November 

Across: 1 Amen, 3 Surplice,
9 Crosier, 10 Ether,
11 Episcopalian, 13 Income, 15 Outlaw, 17 Radiotherapy, 20 Alibi, 21 Retsina,
22 Lamented, 23 Fete. … More

Focus Editorial»

The Family Tree of Jesus (Comments Off)

Unlike the Gospels of Mark and John, Matthew’s and Luke’s Gospels bring long family trees into their accounts of Jesus’ life.… More

Francis Speaks»

Witnesses of the Cross – Light in Darkness (Comments Off)

Our witness can be weakened by worldliness and mediocrity. The cross demands instead a limpid testimony. For the cross is not a flag to wave, but the pure source of a new way of living.… More

Inspiring lives»

Lessons for Living from St Joseph (Comments Off)

The Man Who Raised Jesus

I have a great love for St Joseph, because he is a man of silence and strength.More

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Pope Francis – a Son of St Ignatius (Comments Off)

Several interviewers have asked how Pope Francis’ Jesuit background and training have influenced his pontificate. The answer is that it is impossible to separate Francis from his Ignatian Spiritualty and his membership of the Society of Jesus.… More


Can You Bear It? (Comments Off)

Pablo Picasso was robbed at knife-point and was able to give the police a sketch of the robber. Police wish to speak with a female person with the head of a horse, a fried egg in the middle of her forehead and a sword through her neck!… More

MM 50 Years Ago»

MM 50 Years Ago (Comments Off)

St Bede’s 60th Year

St Bede’s was not the first secondary school founded by the Society of Mary in the South Island.… More


The Accompanist (Comments Off)

Over the years, one of life’s blessings has been the opportunity to accompany singers, choirs and other instrumentalists. My usual spot on these occasions has been sitting at a piano/keyboard or organ while others are front and centre.… More

Poetry and Art»

The Epiphany in Stained Glass (Comments Off)

While Mary and Joseph were still in Bethlehem, the three men variously described as ‘wise,’ ‘kings’ or ‘the Magi’ found their way following a star to the stable and knelt before the baby Jesus, worshipped him and declared that Jesus was the Saviour to all.… More


The Welcoming Heart of Christmas (Comments Off)

As a child, it was exciting to visit my grandparent’s house. I’d run down the path along the side of the house - either I was too excited to walk or I was racing my brothers and sisters to get there first.… More


January Saints (0)

Blessed Emmanuel Gonzales Garcia

Manuel González García was born in Seville, Spain. In his childhood he joined the church choir and enlisted in the seminary of Seville at the age of twelve for studies for the priesthood.… More

Messenger Briefs


The Superior General and the General Council have decided to establish the Society of Mary Novitiate in Italy until it can return safely to the Philippines. The Archbishop of Arezzo has approved the new community in his Archdiocese, where Marists serve in the parish in Castiglion Fiorentino. The Novitiate property is an ancient Capuchin monastery in Montauto, Anghiari, and is owned by the Cenacle Sisters who will lease it to the SM. In November the novices arrived in Rome from Cameroon, Mexico, New Zealand and Oceania, to begin two months of orientation-time.

SM Bulletin, 10 September 2021

Six new Society of Mary seminary students have been welcomed to the Marist Theologate in Rome. After coming out of quarantine, they attended Italian language classes before beginning their studies at the universities on Monday 4 October. There is a photo of them here.

SM Bulletin, 17 September 2021