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Climate Change – A Modern Day Plague(Comments Off on Climate Change – A Modern Day Plague)

October 31, 2019

The growing threat of climate change reminds me of two Old Testament readings. The first is a warning and the second is a consolation.

The warning is given in Exodus. When Moses asked the Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, and the Pharaoh said no, God sent nine plagues  – water turns to blood, the plague of frogs, mosquitoes, horseflies, death of livestock, boils, hail, locusts and darkness – and the Pharaoh still said “no”.… More

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A Grandparent Scam

Many of these illegal calls originate from overseas criminal rings, and they tend to target the elderly (GASP!) and recent immigrants because both are deemed more receptive to the come-ons. The scammers find people to target by consulting phone directories and mailing lists, including what is called a ‘sucker list’, which is a database of individuals believed to be susceptible to fraud.More

Marist Messenger — the Early 1930s

By the Editor

In the 1930s, the Marist Messenger carried a wealth of information about Pacific, New Zealand and Australian Church history, about Marist history, ministry among Māori, and about Marist and Church personalities. There was also a wide range of devotional material and poetry.… More

The Problem with Euthanasia

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

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