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Monday 23 September

SAINT PADRE PIO OF PIETRELCINA (M) Ezra 1:1-6; Psalm 126; Luke 8:16-18 Let your light shine There are two images in today’s readings: Ezra and Psalm 126 describe the joy of homecoming and Jesus urges us not to be afraid to let the light of our faith and love be visible and active. Faith is […]

Thursday 19 September

1 Timothy 4:12-16; Psalm 111; Luke 7:36-50 Our compassionate God If we put ourselves among those who watched the woman weeping as she poured the precious and sweet-smelling ointment over Jesus’ feet we too might feel shocked. Imagine a similar scene in a public place here in New Zealand! Would you be shocked if some […]

The Holy Infant of Prague

The Church of Our Lady Victorious in the Czech Capital of Prague is also home to the shrine of the Infant of Prague. Growing up, it always fascinated me how elaborate this image was compared with other portrayals of Jesus. On visiting the shrine recently, I was equally fascinated to see that the statue was […]

Tuesday 14 May

St. Matthias, Apostle Acts 1:15-17, 20-26; Psalm 113; John 15:9-17 A living church In today's reading from Acts, we receive a lesson in keeping our beloved Church vibrant. Judas had gone. The believers prayed in community and then voted. So, we should keep our family church expanding, using all the skills and talents of those […]

A Surprising Knock at my Heart

When I was in Wellington for the weekend, there was no Sunday Mass at my local church, so I decided to walk to St Mary of the Angels’ for the choral Mass. Latin would not be my first love, and I am not much of a singer, but much to my surprise both those aspects […]

The St Peter Chanel Shrine, Cuet, France

Text and photos by the editor unless otherwise indicated When Peter Chanel was born on 12 July 1803, the church in Cuet had been deconsecrated, having been ransacked during the Revolution. So Peter was baptised in the village of Cras four days after his birth. The parish of Cuet was re-established only in 1847, so […]

Wednesday 27 March

Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9; Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20; Matthew 5:17-19 Keeping the Law Jesus was a Jewish man who kept the Law of Moses. Through his relationship with his Father in heaven he was able to see and live out it’s true meaning and purpose. That is why he said he did not come to do […]

March Crossword

Solution for February Across: 1 Joseph, 4 Censer, 9 San Jose, 10 Aspen, 11 Earth, 12 Toenail, 13 Restoration, 18 Hairpin, 20 Actor, 22 Moist, 23 Magnify, 24 Sundry, 25 Usurer.  Down: 1 Jasper, 2 Sonar, 3 Prophet, 5 Erase, 6 Soprano, 7 Rankle, 8 Deuteronomy, 14 Edition, 15 Tear gas, 16 Thomas, 17 Prayer, […]

Marist Messenger — the Beginning

by the Editor The Marist Messenger, with Fr Kevin McGrath SM as the editor, began life as The Empire Fetelist in a very modest way in St Heliers, Auckland, in November 1929. The old-fashioned term ‘fetelist’ meant something like ‘an advertisement for a fete’, in this case, the ‘Empire Fete’, to be held on 14 […]

Thursday 24 January

ST FRANCIS DE SALES Hebrews 7:25-8:6; Psalm 39 (40):7-10, 17; Mark 3:7-12 Gentleness St Francis de Sales had to be a leader in church when the Reformation was in full force. He chose interesting weapons in his battles – sincerity, gentleness, respect and love. God does not need bluster or bullying, domination or heavy-handedness. The […]