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Sunday 17 January

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Samuel 3:3-10,19; Psalm 40; 1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20; John 1:35-42 Look with the eyes of faith John, the writer of the Gospel, describes the call of the first disciples in a way that is full of seeing, looking, watching! But what he is describing is not just something physical […]

Saturday 19 December

Judges 13:2-7, 24-25; Psalm 71; Luke 1:5-25 The challenge of faith Zechariah is like most of us! We find it so hard to believe that God will act in our lives when things get difficult! Samson’s mother and father seem to have had more faith, though the miracle of the conception of Samson was no […]

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 […]