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“Loving People Back to Life” — Caryll Houselander

Part 2 of 2 When Caryll was 16, her mother abruptly withdrew her from school because she needed her daughter’s help running the boarding house. Returning reluctantly, Caryll found herself working for her mother as a domestic servant. One of her many tasks was shopping for groceries and her second vision occurred while she was […]

Blue Christmas

Tips for Dealing with Holiday Sadness Though the December holiday season inspires feelings of warmth, belonging, connection and joy for many people, there are others for whom the month is one of increased stress, sadness, anxiety, loneliness and depression. Their experience is called a ‘blue’ Christmas, something described by the Urban Dictionary this way: “It […]

Standing Up To Suicide

The statistics: New Zealand From July 2017 to June 2018, 668 people died by suspected suicide. It was the fourth year in a row the number had increased, 10 percent more than the previous year’s figure of 606. The dominant age group was 21 to 24 year olds and the largest ethnic group is Māori. […]

Get out of your head

Most of us would be happier if we didn’t spend so much time living inside our heads. We spoil our days lamenting over past failures, or worrying about problems in the future. Life is about here and now. The good Lord told us to live in the present and let tomorrow take care of itself. […]

Monday 4 March

st casimir of poland Psalm 42, 2 Kings 5:1-15, Luke 4:24-30 A song of tears If the psalms were all happy songs we would sing them on sunny days, but dismiss them as irrelevant on days when depression wraps itself around us. Psalm 42 is a very human psalm, a song of one who feels […]

Wednesday 1 August

Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop And Doctor Of The Church, Founder Of The Redemptorist Congregation Ps 59; Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21; Matthew 13:44-46 Perseverance Alphonsus suffered from ill health and was left paralyzed from rheumatic fever. Worse was to follow when he was denied authority over his congregation. In spite of his depression he carried on with […]

Tuesday 3 July

St. Thomas, Apostle Ephesians 2:19-22, Ps.117, John 20:24-29 A loyal pessimist Thomas the doubter! I can’t help loving Thomas, with his honesty and sturdy determination not to be hoodwinked or swayed by emotion. In spite of his gloom and his doubts he never ceased loving and following Jesus, even when he was convinced no good […]

A Hand of Cards

Life’s like a game of cards.  You get dealt a hand with some strong cards and some weak ones.  To win you have to make the best of your strong cards. Like the card game, the trick is to concentrate on your positive talents, and not to let the negative ones dominate your life. The […]