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Jean Claude Colin – a Reluctant Saint? (0)

February 28, 2018 • Category: Marist News, This Month's Cover

Fr Ron Nissen sm

The Cause for Beatification of Marist Founder,
Fr Jean-Claude Colin

When Jean-Claude Colin died on 15 November 1875, few people were concerned about his beatification. Perhaps none. The Marists were mourning the passing of their Founder and father.… More

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Daily Reflections

  • Sunday 18 March
    Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:3-4, 12-15; Hebrews 5:7-9; John 12:20-33
    A pure heart, create for me, O God
    The new, eternal covenant promised by Jeremiah became visible in the person of Jesus. This why some Jews and Greeks – seeking God – asked to see Jesus.… More


Last Supper in Stained Glass (0)

by Glen McCullough

On Holy Thursday we celebrate the Mass of the Last Supper. This seems often to fade into the background against the centrality of the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Yet we remember the Last Supper every time we take part in the Mass.… More

Death of a Marist»

Br Peter Somers SM (0)

Born in Sydney 1 January 1940

Professed 1 January 1962

Died in Sydney 15 January 2018

Br Peter Somers SM was a man noted especially for his simplicity and kindness. He died just a month after he announced casually to his community that he was going to see the doctor about a melanoma he had had removed a few days before.… More

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St Joseph – 19 March (0)

Fr Kevin Head sm

The ‘foster father of our Lord,’ Joseph was also his legal father, and it was through Joseph’s genealogical line that Jesus belonged to the house of David. St Teresa of Avila said that “to other saints, our Lord has given power to help in one sort of need, but this glorious saint helps us in every need, as I know by experience.” Pope Pius IX declared Joseph patron of the whole Church in 1870.… More

Francis Speaks»

Death and Resurrection (0)

This is an abridged version of the Pope’s homily, in November 2017, for the repose of Cardinals and Bishops who had died in the past year. It provides good material for reflection during Lent and Eastertide.

Today’s celebration once more sets before us the reality of death.… More


The Problem with Euthanasia (1)

Fr Neil Vaney sm

A seeming paradox

Recent phone polls asking New Zealanders if they favour legalised euthanasia found about 70% in favour and 30% opposed. Interestingly, these figures are an exact reversal of the more than 20,000 personal submissions to a parliamentary sub-committee last year where 70% opposed any change to the legislation.… More


Can You Bear It? (0)

A hundred-year-old opal miner died recently in Coober Pedy. He was asked on his last birthday earlier this year his secret to longevity and he said that for the past 50 years he has sprinkled a little gunpowder on his Weetbix each morning.… More


The Passover Seder – a Different Night (0)

by Juliet Palmer

Jews celebrate the Passover (Hebrew Pesach) from the 15th to 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan - this year 30 March to 7 April.

The theme is of redemption. It is a holy time, where the Lord is celebrated as the great liberator of humanity.… More

Marist News»

Bishop Paul Martin SM (0)

Pope Francis has appointed Father Paul Martin SM as the 10th Bishop of the Christchurch Diocese, and he will be ordained Bishop in Christchurch on Saturday 3 March.

He succeeds Bishop Barry Jones who died in February 2016.

Bishop Patrick Dunn, President of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference is delighted with the appointment.… More


Over the Hill and into the Valley (0)

by Anne Kerrigan and artwork by Felicity Ann Nettles

Yea, though I walk through the shadow of the valley of death, I fear no evil for the Lord is with me -- Psalm 23.

My husband just celebrated his seventy-ninth birthday, and my own is just a few months away.… More


A Thankful, Sunburnt Country? (0)

By Fr Kevin
Bates sm

“Let us give thanks to the Lord our God,” invites the priest at each Mass. We reply “It is right and just.” In this brief exchange, we capture the essence of Christian prayer and the essence of a Christian way of being in the world.… More


A School for Prayer (8) (0)

The Way of the Desert (2)

The Four Principles of the Spiritual Life

By Fr Craig  Larkin SM, 1943 - 2015

A spiritual framework begins to develop

The four simple and practical Imperatives -- “Stay in your cell!,” “Watch yourself!,” “Be attentive!,” “Do not judge!” -- contained the beginnings of a theory of the spiritual life.… More


Who Are You, Jesus? (0)

Fr Tom Ryan sm

3. A Compassionate Saviour

The Jesus of Luke’s Gospel is presented as the compassionate and universal Saviour. From the many parables on this theme, let’s focus on the Good Samaritan - a wayside drama about ‘seeing’ and ‘not-seeing.’

A traveller from Jerusalem is mugged, robbed and left half-dead.… More


March Saints (0)

Saint Teresa Eustochio Verzeri

Saint Teresa Verzeri was born in Bergamo, Italy, the first of seven children to be born to Antonio Verzeri and Countess Elena Pedrocca-Grumelli. Teresa learned from her mother to know and love God. Intelligent, gifted with an open spirit, vigilant and upright, she was educated to discern, to seek true values and to be faithful to the action of grace.… More

Social Justice»

The Fight Against Slavery and Human Trafficking (Comments Off)

By Sr Anne Powell rc 

Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ.

Pope Francis, 10 April 2014.

The situation

Human trafficking is now the second most significant organised type of crime globally, with an estimated ‘income’ of $150 billion annually.… More


Meditation for Lent – The Cross (Comments Off)

By Bridget Taumoepeau

One year I took my then four year old granddaughter to church and we happened to sit beside the twelfth Station of the Cross. When I explained about the Crucifixion and the events that had led up to it, she looked very solemn and, understandably, said that she thought “His mummy must have been very sad.” What came next, however, was much more profound.… More