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Raising a Child with Social Values

“How do you raise a kid with values in a world where values seem to count for very little?” A soon-to-be father was admitting to me that he was feeling very uneasy about the world his son is shortly to be born into. Even in the relatively short time since he was a youngster, he […]

Sunday 27 December

The Holy Family (S) Genesis 15:1-6, 21:1-3 or Ecclesiasticus 3:3-7, 14-17; Psalm 128; Colossians 3:12-21; Luke 2:22-40 A model for families Paul’s letter to the Colossians give us a rich picture of what family life could be like and certainly a picture of the daily life of Mary, Joseph and Jesus in Nazareth: bear with […]

Friday 16 August

Joshua 24:1-13; Psalm 136; Matthew 19:3-12 His love is everlasting Joshua reminded the people of God’s goodness and provision by reviewing all the great things God had done for them in the past. Families share stories of whanau (family) and whakapapa (genealogy). Communities and society remember heroes and events of significance. We build our identity, […]

Wednesday 26 December

Feast of St Stephen, the first martyr Acts 6:8-10, 7:54-59; Psalm 30 (31):3-4, 6, 8, 16-17; Matthew 10:17-22 Trust in God Jesus’ second discourse (Matthew 10) is on mission. It goes backwards and forwards between the life of Jesus and the later times of the early Church. The warning about persecution, and even conflict and […]


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Rosaleen Conway

16 November 1934 – 19 October 2017 Rosaleen, who died last year, was a regular contributor to the Marist Messenger. The editor at that time, Michael Unverricht, paid the following tribute to Rosaleen. During the 1980s, Rosaleen became involved in the life of the Marist Messenger. Her love of words and grammar prompted her to […]

Wednesday 29 August

Beheading of John the Baptist Jeremiah 1:17:19; Psalm 71; Mark 6:17-29 Dangerous to speak out? A powerful King, a jealous Queen, and a dutiful daughter. Today’s gospel is the stuff of intrigue. John the Baptist spoke out against the attitudes and choices of the powerful. He spoke out against what was wrong. What is “wrong” […]

Saturday 14 July

Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 93; Matthew 10:24-33 Trust in Me Jesus assures his disciples that they can trust in the sovereignty of God completely. While they have left the security of their homes and families to follow him, Jesus further asks them to face hatred and persecution. Will we speak openly of Jesus and not allow […]

Monday 30 April

Acts 14:5-18; Ps 115; John 14:21-26 Love again “If a man loves me he will keep my word and my father will love him.” One cannot emphasise how important love is. Have we lost the ability to love? Is this the reason why there is so much conflict? Conflict internationally, within communities, within families. Would […]

Sunday 31 December

the Holy Family Genesis 15:1-6, 21:1-3; Psalm 105; Hebrews 11:8, 11-12, 17-19; Luke 2:22-40 Living lovingly Jesus, Mary and Joseph were a holy family, all in their own ways carrying out the will of God. Though none of us can be as holy as them, we also live in holy families when we try and […]