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Shame, Hope and the Church: A Journey with Mary

by Thomas Ryan, SM St Pauls Publications 2020 Reviewed by Fr Brian Cummings SM With so much having been written about the sexual abuse crisis within the Church, and, no doubt, with still much to be written, there can be a certain sense of weariness when faced with yet another book on the topic. However, […]

I believe …

For me, one of the most moving moments at Mass is hearing my neighbour in the pews recite the Creed. Whether or not this is someone that I know personally, it is always a very emotional moment. We are all publicly proclaiming our faith – something that we do not often do in other circumstances. […]

A Faith Response to Coronavirus

At this time when the whole world is preoccupied with the Corona Virus Covid-19, how are we, as People of Faith, called to think, pray, and act? God’s name, and nature, is revealed to us as “I am with you”. This is the name of the God who began the unfolding of creation some 13.8 […]

We Are Adopted, Yet Truly God’s Children

As long as God has been God – eternally – God has desired that his human creatures should also be genuinely his children. And Jesus, the incarnate Word of God, came for that very reason: “I have come so that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). That fullness of […]

8 February: Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking

St Josephine Bakhita was born in Darfur, Sudan, in 1869. She was nine when she was kidnapped and sold as a slave, so traumatised by the experience that she could no longer remember her name. Her captors named her ‘bakhita’, which means ‘fortunate’. In 1882, she became the property of the Italian consul, whose family […]

Monday 23 December

Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24; Psalm 25:4-5, 8-9, 10, 14; Luke 1:57-66 Yahweh is gracious He is to be called John. A name which means ‘God is gracious’. How can you be sure that God is gracious? It can be a baffling process. Faith takes time to come to birth. When God speaks to us in the […]

Friday 6 December

St Nicholas (Om) Isaiah 29:17-24; Psalm 2671, 4, 13-14; Matthew 9:27-31 No harm in asking There are many well-documented instances of faith, healing and faith healers. Why doesn’t it always work? It is not necessarily because you lack faith. Sometimes what you want is not possible. Sometimes it would not be good for you. No […]

Wednesday 27 November

Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28; Canticle of Daniel 3:4-6; Luke 21:12-19 Persecution of Christians Jesus warns his disciples that they will be persecuted for their faith in him. They will suffer, perhaps terribly. Here in New Zealand we may have memories of the occasional insult and some discrimination against Catholics. But it is nothing compared […]

Monday 25 November

Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20; Canticle of Daniel 3: 1-4 or Daniel 3:52-56; Luke 21:1-4 Giving all! The contrast between the rich devotees and the poor widow is striking! It is so easy to give a little from substantial wealth accumulated and saved over time. But the widow offers an amount that is a real sacrifice, truly […]

Thursday 21 November

Presentation of Mary [M] 1 Maccabees 2:15-29; Psalm 50; Luke 19:41-44 Dedication to the Lord Mary was dedicated in the Temple in Jerusalem to the faith of her forebears. It was a faith nourished by the word of the Law and the Prophets. But as she grew and matured in her faith she knew she […]