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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 […]

The Easter Triduum

Triduum means three days of prayer. What binds together the three days of the Easter Triduum — Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil — is that all of them are Easter. Each, in their way, celebrates Christ’s dying and rising from the dead. The liturgy does not, in fact, separate Our Lord’s death […]

Francis Speaks

Extracts from the Pope’s Easter Vigil homily, 20 April 2019 The women bring spices to the tomb, but they fear that their journey is in vain, since a large stone bars the entrance to the sepulchre. At times, it seems that everything comes up against a stone … It seems that the steps we take […]

“… just after the sun had risen…”

A high school student wrote, “I had just finished my paper route on Easter morning. As I passed the church, the sun was coming up. I didn’t intend to go in for Mass, because I was in the midst of a teenage rejection of the Church. Then it happened! The sun hit the big silver […]

Christ is Risen

Being aware of our shortcomings “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3). So many times, we all know it, it’s easier and more comfortable to see and condemn the defects and sins of others, without being […]

Tuesday 16 April

Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 71; John 13:21-23, 36-38 …you will follow me later… During this week we are invited to be with Jesus. We have lived through many Holy Weeks and Easter celebrations, and it is never just a holiday time for us. Yet can we be attentive to this Holy Week, right here and now, […]

Out of Darkness … into Light

Out of darkness God has called us, Claimed by Christ as God’s own people. Holy nation, royal priesthood, Walking in God’s marvellous light. — Refrain from the hymn Out of Darkness by Christopher Walker The images on the cover and on page 2 of this issue of the Messenger are evocative of the account of […]

Saturday 7 April – Octave of Easter

Acts 4:13-21; Ps 118; Mark 16:9-15 Jesus has risen from the dead Jesus has now appeared three times to his followers. He is cross with them and rebukes them for their unbelief and hardness of heart. He tells them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.” It is up to […]

Friday 6 April – Octave of Easter

Acts 4:1-12; Ps 118; John 21:1-14 Jesus has risen from the dead Jesus calls four fisherman, Peter, Andrew, James and John, to be his first disciples. Now, after so much anxiety and uncertainty, they need a break. As a fisherman Peter naturally says, “I am going fishing.” Jesus knows what Peter and his mates will […]

Thursday 5 April – Octave of Easter

Acts 3;11-26; Ps 8; Luke 24:35-48 Jesus has risen from the dead Jesus appears to the gathering of disciples. “Peace be with you.” They are puzzled, incredulous. “It is me. Look at my hands and feet.” Then he eats with them. He goes to great lengths to prove he has risen. It is not a […]