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Stations of the Cross (0)

February 6, 2018 • Category: This Month's Cover

Text adapted from the ceremonies led by Pope Francis, at the Colosseum, Rome, on 18 April 2014 and 14 April 2017; Photos, taken by the editor, are of the Stations in All Hallows Church, Five Dock, NSW. Used with the permission of Fr Greg McGregor, the Parish Priest.More

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Daily Reflections

  • Thursday 22 February

    1 Peter 5:1-4; Psalm 23; Matthew 16:13-19

    Love is the rock

    Peter is the rock on which Christ will build his Church. What does it mean to shepherd Christ’s flock? To shepherd means to watch over the flock not simply out of duty, but gladly; not for sordid money, but because one is eager to do it; not as a dictator, but as an example for the whole flock to follow.… More


Lent in Stained Glass (0)

The Sorrowful Mysteries

The Agony in the Garden



This window from St Mary of the Angels, Wellington [1] shows the scene in its simplest form, with the angels offering Jesus the cup, and the apostles asleep. The window from St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, [2] is more complex, and shows Jerusalem and the marauding crowd, baying for Jesus’ blood, in the background.… More

Death of a Marist»

Death of a Marist (0)

Br Jean Michel Kaikilekofe sm

Born in Vaisei, Futuna, 10 July1934

Professed 19 March 1965

Died in Sia, Wallis, 21 October 2017

Akileo Kaikilekofe, was born in Vaisei, Futuna, on 10 July, 1934. He took the name of Brother Jean-Michel, when making his religious profession in the Society of Mary, at Nakety, New Caledonia, on 19 March 1965.… More

Focus Editorial»

Reflecting on February (0)

Fr Kevin Head sm

February is the month in which we begin to realise that the new year has begun in earnest. Everyone is back at work or school, and most people’s annual holiday is fading into the mists of memory.… More

Francis Speaks»

Teaching about hope: the promise of Heaven (0)

‘Paradise’ is one of the last words spoken by Jesus on the cross, addressed to the good thief. Let us pause a moment on that scene. Jesus isn’t alone on the cross. Next to him, on the right and on the left, are two evildoers.… More


Can You Bear It? (0)

A man went to visit his 90-year-old grandfather in the Southern Highlands of NSW, near Moss Vale. After spending the night, his grandfather prepared a meal of bacon and eggs for him. He noticed a film-like substance on his plate and questioned his grandfather, “Are these plates clean?” His grandfather replied, “Those plates are as clean as cold water can get them, so go on and finish your meal.” That afternoon, while eating the hamburger his grandfather made for lunch, he noticed tiny specks around the edge of this plate, and a substance that looked like dried egg yolks.… More


The Death of Jesus (0)

by Fr Neil Vaney sm

The disbelief

One of the objections devout Muslims have to Christianity is that the All Holy and All Powerful One could die as a man. Others, who lean towards conspiracy theories, believe that Jesus’ disciples rescued him from the cross, then hid him, while spreading abroad the story that he had risen.… More


What’s in a Name? (0)

By Fr Kevin Bates sm

Last weekend, one of my nieces gave birth to a little boy. There’s nothing remarkable in that, I suppose, as I have nieces performing similar feats rather regularly these days!

For Rebecca, the niece in question and her husband Tim, this little boy is their second child.… More


A School for Prayer (7) (0)

The Way of the Desert (1)

The Four Imperatives

By Fr Craig  Larkin sm, 1943 - 2015

The Abbas and prayer

Coptic Icon, Abba Macarius the Great

The monks went into the Desert in order to find God, to fight the demons and to pray.… More


Who are you, Jesus? (2) (0)

Fr Tom Ryan

‘Our Wisest and Dearest Friend’- Part 2

Considering ‘who are you Jesus?’ in the December Messenger, we took part of the phrase from Aquinas that Jesus is our wisest and dearest friend. This month, let’s consider our wisest friend.More


February Saints (0)

Saint Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824)

Anne was born to poor parents in Germany. She was pious and, while she suffered poor health, she received visions and prophecies which she thought were normal and experienced by other children. She demonstrated an uncanny ability to diagnose illness and recommend cures, as well as seeing a person’s state of soul.… More

Social Justice»

The Fight Against Slavery and Human Trafficking (0)

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 (0)

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