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The Role of Law in the Catholic Church

A sanctuary in the city Just a few kilometres from central Wellington is an extraordinary sanctuary – Zealandia – where dozens of endangered New Zealand species thrive. What makes it a sanctuary is the mesh fence that surrounds it, bending sharply outwards at the top and sitting deeply under the ground to keep out climbing […]

Monday 19 August

Judges 2:11-19; Psalm 106; Matthew 19:16-22 The Lord has pity In the Book of Judges, people are making appalling choices, yet the Lord has pity on them. God’s insistence on our freedom amazes and confuses me, yet gives me hope when I fail, and hope for others who make destructive life choices. The Lord has […]

Monday 22 July

St Mary Magdalene Songs 3:1-4; Psalm 63; John 20:1-2 , 11-18 Called by name Pope Francis calls Mary Magdalene the ‘Apostle of the Apostles’, and the ‘Apostle of the new and greatest hope.’ “How beautiful” he says, “to think that the first appearance of the Risen One took place in such a personal way! That […]

Sunday 9 June

PENTECOST SUNDAY — Vigil Mass Genesis 11:1-9; Romans 8:22-27; Psalm 104; John 7:37-39 The Promises Jesus promised to send his Spirit to be with us until the end of time. He promised to provide fountains of living water for those who believe in him. When Paul writes his epistle to the Romans, he speaks eloquently […]

Wednesday 15 May

Acts 12:24-13:5; Psalm 67; John 12:44-50 Tūmanako – hope A lovely word and concept. When we are bewildered by awful world events, by chronic pain or family bereavement, Jesus' words bring hope. The word of God our Creator is conveyed to us by Jesus Christ, God's Son. He didn't come to judge but to save […]

Saturday 23 February

ST POLYCARP, BISHOP AND MARTYR Hebrews 11:1-7; Psalm 145; Mark 9:2-13 Unseen realities It is faith that gives meaning to our lives and that assures us of the ‘blessings we hope for’. The ultimate blessing, foreshadowed on the mount of the transfiguration, is the new creation in Christ Jesus, our bodies and lives transformed in […]

Thursday 31 January

ST JOHN BOSCO Hebrews 10:19-25; Psalm 23 (24):1-6; Mark 4:21-25 The Lamp It takes one small candle to break the deepest darkness. God wants us to shine in the darkness so people can see convincing signs of hope, love, justice and mercy with their own eyes. If God asks this of us, he will give […]

Tuesday 22 January

Hebrews 6:10-20; Psalm 110 (111):1-2, 4-5, 9, 10; Mark 2:23-28 Hope Hope is a gift from God. It sustains us in confusion and apparent failure. It calls us forward when we are weary and despondent. When we trust we are freed to love. Hope is indeed the anchor of the soul, and the stormy waves […]

Friday 18 January

Hebrews 4:1-5, 11; Psalm 77 (78):3-4, 6-8; Mark 2:1-12 Forgiveness What can we do about our sins? Our memories keep bringing them back. We fail when we try to kid ourselves that we didn’t really sin anyway. Jesus offers us forgiveness. It is something he offers and wants to give. It removes sin, like taking […]

Thursday 29 November

Apocalypse 18:1-2, 21-23, 19:1-3, 9; Ps 100; Luke 21:20-28 Confidence and hope Carrying on the theme of the destruction of Jerusalem, the very foundations of the world and powers of heaven are shaken. We are to take heed that ‘liberation is near at hand’. In the darkest hour, Jesus’ message of confidence and hope shines […]