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Something Old – Something New

A Possible Marist Spiritual Ecology: Part 2  The first Dimension: Call – Le Puy Framework 2: The Marist Story within the Universal Story – Call – Le Puy In our Introduction we proposed that a paradigm for re-energising our Marist Story is to re-connect it with the Universal Story. The Marist Story can be seen […]

MM 50 Years Ago

A vision that will make a better world The word ‘ecology’ has become a household word recently. It is the ‘in’ thing to combat pollution. Immense efforts are being made to purify the skies and the waters of the earth in heavily industrialised countries and to prevent pollution happening here. Some day we hope that this […]

Francis Speaks

The evil of human trafficking Trafficking represents an unjustifiable violation of the freedom and dignity of its victims, of those constitutive dimensions of the human being as willed and created by God. For this reason, it is to be considered a crime against humanity. Of this, there can be no doubt. The same gravity, by […]

Saturday 7 December

St Ambrose (M) Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26; Psalm 147:1-6; Matthew 9:35-10:1, 6-8 Because God has promised Harassed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd. Nothing has changed! So, go to the lost sheep and be a beacon of hope by your word and actions. Hope is trusting that the kingdom will come even when there is […]

Saturday 2 November

Commemoration of the Faithful Departed Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 27; Romans 5:5-11; Luke 7:11-17 The souls in Purgatory No-one wants to be forgotten. We dread the thought that we will ever slip out of the minds and hearts of those whom we love. This is particularly true when we face painful challenges and difficulties. We hope […]

Third World Day of the Poor

17 November Daily we encounter families forced to leave their homeland to seek a living elsewhere; orphans who have lost their parents or were violently torn from them by brutal means of exploitation; young people seeking professional fulfilment but prevented from employment by short sighted economic policies; victims of different kinds of violence, ranging from […]

Wednesday 30 October

Romans 8:26-30; Psalm 13; Luke 13:22-30 Only a few saved? Jesus, the “narrow door”, opens himself and his kingdom to those who love and serve him and their neighbour. He warns people who knowingly ignore his call: “I tell you, many will try and enter and will not succeed”. No one enters through Jesus on […]

Saturday 26 October

Romans 8:1-11; Psalm 24; Luke 13:1-9 God makes his home in you The interior conflict between our unspiritual self and our spiritual self continues in today’s first reading. While we are saddened by our unspiritual self asserting itself over our spiritual self, Paul reminds us that our true self in Christ will be victorious ultimately […]

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 […]