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Tag Archive for ‘earthquake’

Friday 20 December

Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 24:1-6; Luke 1:26-38 No fanfare The most significant announcement in human history: the Word is God. He made all things. The Word becomes flesh in the womb of Mary. No rush of wind, no earthquake, no thunder and lightning. Well, sure, an angel appearing is a bit of a giveaway. God usually […]

Tuesday 4 July

Genesis 19:15–29; Psalm 26; Matthew 8:23–27 Focus on Jesus The disciples follow Jesus into a boat – an image for the Church. The ‘storm’ which batters them translates the same word Matthew will use for ‘the earthquake’ which occurs at Jesus’ death and resurrection. This points ahead. The disciples will not only be tossed around […]

Tuesday 24 November

St Andrew Dung-Lac & companions Cant. Daniel 3:57-61; Daniel 2:31-45; Luke 21:5-11 Free will That wonderful church in Wellington, Saint Mary of the Angels, is now empty as it awaits earthquake strengthening. The Cathedral in Christchurch needs to be repaired following their earthquake as do some churches. Every day we hear of some catastrophe that […]

Kiwis taking their own lives.

During the last week there has been a lot of media comment about suicide rates in NZ. This is unusual because there are strict rules about reporting suicide in the media. First came the scary statistic that in 2008 NZ had the highest rate in the OECD countries for young women 15-24 yrs. (The OECD […]

Faith and Disaster

I know my faith in God is not an insurance policy against disaster. God made no such promise. His promise is more modest: do not be afraid I am with you. When the response to the earthquake moved from a “rescue” to “recovery”, for many hundreds of people this  dimmed almost to extinction any expectation […]

Restoring Faith – Blessed Sacrament Cathedral

-An Engineer’s Perspective on Restoring the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament The stunning Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, known as the ‘Christchurch Basilica’ suffered considerable structural damage to the two towers flanking the entry portico, and to the main dome during recent earthquakes in Christchurch. However a plan to temporarily remove the main dome may […]

Mary pirouettes 180° during earthquake

During the February 22 Quake in Christchurch , a statue of the Virgin Mary in the South Tower of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral was turned 180° in the violent motion. On May 22 she was carried full circle in procession around the damaged Basilica.(cf Front Cover) She was accompanied by 200 people praying Rosaries, and […]