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The Inspiring Story of Silent Night(Comments Off on The Inspiring Story of Silent Night)

December 1, 2020

He was illegitimate, grew up in a hangman's cottage, and he wrote the words for 'Silent Night'. His mother's name was Anna Schoiberin. His father was a mercenary soldier and deserter called Franz Mohr, who never saw him. The hangman provided accommodation in his house for single mothers and their children, as he was trying to improve his reputation by works of charity.… More

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World Day of the Poor – 15 November

The late Bishop John Mackey of Auckland is quoted as often saying, “It’s a sad and sinful world”, and it is. Much sadness is a consequence of poverty, and much poverty results from greed and sinfulness.

Even though “humankind cannot bear very much reality” (T S Eliot, Four Quartets), we need to be aware of what is happening in the world.… More

Mission Sunday 2020 – A Reason to Give Thanks

Recently, I met a person who openly declares that he is an atheist. My only question to him was, “Do you believe in goodness?” And without hesitation he answered in the positive, to which I promptly replied, “That goodness comes from someone!”… More

The Corporal Works of Mercy

To change the world, we must be good to those who cannot repay us.

Pope Francis

In that short statement -- be good to those who cannot repay us -- Pope Francis is reminding Christians to act on and live out these seven corporal works of mercy.… More


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