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The Cry of the Earth

Twenty-six years ago, we lived in Motueka and one of our favourite weekend outings was to take the 12-minute drive down to the Kumaras, a wilderness reserve on the Motueka foreshore. Motueka sits to the side of Tasman Bay on the flood plain of the Motueka River, which emerges from the hills behind Motueka, runs […]

Something Old – Something New

Part 4 of 7 A Possible Marist Integral Ecology  Part 3 The third of three Circles: ‘to act justly’ Framework 1. Circle 3: Mission in an Eco-Conscious World In our first article we reflected on ‘walking humbly with God’ [Micah 6:8] — personal holiness — the first of three inter-related, and inter-connected circles, for a possible Marist […]

Something Old – Something New

A Possible Marist Integral Ecology  Part 1 The first of three Circles: ‘walking humbly with God’ We see and understand ourselves today in a vastly different context to the way in which Jesus’ listeners saw and understood themselves. For them, they were the highpoint and centre of creation, in a stable world, built+ on pillars, […]

In praise of Pope St John Paul II

On 18 May, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel housing John Paul II’s tomb inside St. Peter’s Basilica to mark the centenary of his predecessor’s birth. Today, we can say that 100 years ago, the Lord visited his people. He sent a man, he prepared him to be a bishop, and to guide the […]

Laudato Si’ Special Anniversary Year

In New Zealand, we throw out 15.5 million tonnes of waste each year1, which amounts to 3,200 kilograms for each of us! On 1 January 2018, the world’s biggest recycler, China, closed its country to other countries’ waste2, saying that what was coming in was too contaminated. Partly as a result of China’s action, only 28% […]

Laudato Si’ Week 16 – 24 May

The material in this article is drawn mostly from https://laudatosiweek.org/ Laudato Si’:On Care for Our Common Home Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change and ecology was signed on 24 May 2015, the Solemnity of Pentecost. Its title means Praise be to You in the Umbrian dialect spoken by St. Francis. The encyclical is a reflection […]

Marian Ecological Centre, Suva, Fiji

Care and Love for All creation The Approach The approach begins with the Spirit of Mary, the spirit of humility — Mary as the humus, the soil of God from which the Word was made flesh and became the new creation. In our Pacific context, the soil which makes up the land is vital to us. […]

Wednesday 4 May

Acts 17:15, 22-18:1, Ps 148, John 16:12-15 Laudato Si Today’s psalm is a cosmic hymn of praise. God has given us all of creation. Every new blade of grass and roaring volcano. Every person young and old. Every animal and insect. Every river and raindrop. We are all connected in our common home. Consider psalm […]

How Green Is Francis?

  With Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, a sea-change is sweeping in. It invites, even demands, that we all reflect on our preaching, spirituality and lifestyle. What it asks of us is that unless we accept Francis’ challenge we will be part of the culture of indifference or resignation that is gradually […]

Sunday 4 October

27th Week Ordinary Time Genesis 2:18-24, Ps 128, Hebrews 2:9-11, Mark 10:2-16 Awareness – Feast of St Francis of Assisi “From the soil, the Lord God fashioned all the wild beasts and all the birds of heaven. These God brought to the man to see what he would call them.”(Genesis). St Francis of Assisi reminds […]