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Tag Archive for ‘Easter’

Embracing our Humanity

Life has been a roller coaster lately. One day, everything’s going great and I’m super organised and enjoying living life to the full, and the next, I’m feeling overwhelmed and stressed!  I don’t know about you, but I find that often it can be very easy to feel guilty for those downward roller coaster dives. […]

Life, Death and Protests

The other day I walked down to the centre of the city from the Messenger office. My route took me past Parliament. It so happened – unbeknown to me – there was a cavalcade of vehicles gathering there – it was the so called ‘anti-mandate’ convoy and protest. I spotted banners against the use of […]

Sunday 9 May

6th Sunday of Easter Acts 10:25-26,34-35,44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 4:7-10; John 15:9-17 God does not have favourites The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to every one of us regardless of who we are and where we live. And Jesus calls us his friends, choosing us to go out and bear fruit. What is my […]

Sunday 2 May

5th Sunday of Easter Acts 9:26-31; Psalm 22; 1 John 3:18-24; John 15:1-8 Actions are what matter For love to be real, it has to be seen in action. Words and talk are only half of our calling to live the kind of life to which Jesus calls us. In his letter, John tells us […]

Sunday 11 April

2nd Sunday of Easter Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 118; 1 John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31 Take my hand Thomas the Apostle needed to see Christ risen from the dead before he could believe in his resurrection. Until he had seen the evidence, he was unable to believe. Nor could he join the excitement and celebrations of the […]

On Holy Saturday

On Holy Saturday In the seminary, we students were encouraged to draw the curtains in our rooms on Holy Saturday. This was to remind us that Christ was in his dark grave, in the underworld, to give us a sense of solidarity with him and to indicate, in some small way, the significance and solemnity […]

The Lord’s Descent into the Underworld

The Second Reading, Office of Readings for Holy Saturday, from an ancient homily Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh […]

A Brief History of Holy Week

Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life. S.D. Gordon Without the resurrection, Christianity would be so much wishful thinking, taking its place alongside all other human philosophy and religious speculation. John MacArthur We cannot give up in the face of evil. God is Love and he has defeated evil through Christ’s death and resurrection. Pope […]

Mary’s Way of the Cross

By Richard G Furey CSsR Artwork by Gretchen Hatfield Reid First Station Jesus Is Condemned to Die It was early Friday morning when I saw my son. That was the first glimpse I had of him since they took him away. His bruised and bleeding skin sent a sword of pain deep into my heart […]

The Ascension … (A full copy of the May Marist Messenger is available for download here).

Click the cover for a full copy of the May Marist Messenger. In his Gospel and in the Acts of the Apostles, Luke writes about Our Lord’s Ascension into heaven. St Luke tells us that he did not witness first-hand the events about which he wrote. He had asked questions of those who had known […]