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Feast of St Mary Magdalene (0)

July 1, 2018 • Category: This Month's Cover

July 22

In 2016, recognising St. Mary Magdalene's role as the first to witness Christ's resurrection and as a "true and authentic evangeliser," Pope Francis raised the July 22 Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to a Feast on the Church's liturgical calendar.… More

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Daily Reflections

  • Wednesday 18 July
  • Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16; Psalm 94;
    Matthew 11:25-27

    My God is my rock

    As the media so often brings us news of discord and enmity between groups of people in various parts of the world and the consequent suffering of innocent persons, I hear myself say with the psalmist, "how much longer are the wicked to triumph.” However in today's psalm we are assured that God will support and console us in the midst of our troubles.… More

Catholic Life»

Apostle to the Apostles – St Mary Magdalene (0)

Mary Magdalene was a person like me. God wove his pure love into her soul when he conceived her in his likeness.

Church History»

St Patrick’s Church, Sydney (3) (0)

Anniversary Year 2018

Archdeacon John McEncroe 

The first Parish Priest

In those earliest days, St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s were Mass centres, served by priests based at St Mary’s Cathedral. St Brigid’s is in fact the oldest place of Catholic worship in Australia.… More


July Crossword (0)


Solution for June

Across: 1 Cram, 3 Chaplain,
9 Oratory, 10 Error, 11 Exercise book, 14 Esq, 16 Least, 17 Eke, 18 Barbiturates, 21 Arena,
22 Aramaic, 23 Passed by,
24 Apse. 

Down: 1 Closeted, 2 Agape,
4 Hay, 5 Presbyterian,
6 Aureole, 7 Norm,
8 Concelebrate, 12 Shalt,
13 Versicle, 15 Quakers,
19 Tramp, 20 Wasp, 22 Alb. … More

Focus Editorial»

Why Worry? (0)

Try not to get worried Try not to turn on to Problems that upset you,

Francis Speaks»

On Confirmation (0)

On Confirmation

A summary of the General Audience May 23

Jesus entrusted a great mission to His disciples: “You are the salt of the earth; you are the light of the world” (Cf. Matthew 5:13-16). They are images that make us think of our behaviour, because the lack or excess of salt makes food unpleasant, just as the lack or excess of light impedes our seeing.… More


Can You Bear It? (0)

A salesman from a mortgage refinance company telephoned Sandra. "Do you have a second mortgage on your home?"  

"No," she replied.  

"Would you like to consolidate all your debts?"  

"I really don't have any debts," she said.  

"How about freeing up cash for home improvements?" he tried.  … More

Marist Spirituality»

Fr Jean-Claude Colin in Rome (2) (0)

The Second Visit:
2 June – 28 August 1842

Fr Colin’s second journey to Rome was in company with Fr Victor Poupinel. They left Marseille in France

by boat on 28 May 1842. They stayed in the Via Dataria, near the Quirinal Palace.… More

MM 50 Years Ago»

“Will you walk a little faster…?” (0)

An extract from an article by Peter and Mary Bret

There was a time when parents were supreme beings-at least in the eyes of their children. Today, it seems many parents have reneged-they give their children their head, whilst they themselves wait around to pick up the pieces.… More


Praying with Movies (0)

For the past four years, Pā Maria Marist Spirituality Centre in Wellington has been offering a Winter Film Series.

In 2015 it began with one season (of five nights) with an audience of 30. One season quickly became two as demand grew.… More


In Winter (0)

In winter the earth seems to slow down and even though the days are shorter the nights are much longer and slower! It’s good sleeping weather and perhaps hard getting-out-of-bed weather! The dark mornings seem to be saying “Don’t get up yet, no hurry!” The bare branches of many trees leave skeletons waiting to spring into life again when the time comes. … More


School for Prayer (12) – Evagrius of Pontus (4) (0)

By Fr Craig  Larkin sm, 1943 - 2015

Building up Resistance 

Each of the logismoi is resisted or counteracted by a virtue or a good habit:

To resist the logismos of Gluttony

Be moderate in eating and drinking

Undertake fasting from time to time or don’t eat between meals

Do manual work

Develop the habit of spiritual reading

To resist the logismos of Lust

Pay attention to your thoughts; notice where these thoughts come from, and when they come to you

Watch over your body; avoid a soft and easy life

Undertake a disciplined work life

Pray for an increase in your desire/thirst for God

To resist the logismos of Avarice

Serve the poor

Make a conscious distinction between “what I need” and “what I want”

Remember death; “there are no pockets in a shroud”

To resist the logismos of Anger

Practice kindness; practice compassion; 

Practice serving others in community

Do not correct others when you are angry with them

To resist the logismos of Sadness

Develop a spirit of gratitude and thankfulness

Read Scripture

To resist the logismos of Vainglory

Do works of charity in secret

Pray for a spirit of penthos, realization of sinfulness

To resist the logismos of Pride 

Do not judge others

Do not always fight to control your personal space

Accept the unexpected things

Allow others to express their opinions; 

Listen to others’ opinions

Consciously pray for specific people

To resist the logismos of Acedia

Develop a routine of work; stick to the task

Do manual work; do physical exercise

Develop an attitude of gratitude

Resist cynical thoughts 

Making it Personal

The ascetical teaching of Evagrius is very relevant for today.… More


More Learning from Bears and Bees (0)

‘Well,’ said Pooh, ‘what I like best, and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.’ (AA Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh )

It has been said that anticipating the pleasure is more delicious than the pleasure itself.… More


July Saints (0)

Blessed Teresa Manganiello (1849-1876)

Teresa Manganiello was born in Montefusco, southern Italy, in January 1849. The youngest of eleven children, she never went to school. Like many peasant children of her time, she worked in the home and in the fields.… More

Social Justice»

Right here in our oceans and por (0)

What would you do to support the family of the Filipino seafarer who was killed by an exploding gas cylinder on a cruise ship at Port Chalmers during the last cruise season? The National Secretary of the Apostleship of the Sea, Rose Celeste, being a Filipina, negotiated with Father John Mission, the port chaplain in Cebu, as to how best help.… More


The Present Moment (0)

We are told that we experience God in the present moment, and we know that as truth. But our brains are wired for learning from the past, planning for the future, and we’re not going to be rid of those habits.… More