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Judgements, Bogans and Losers –
the Challenge

In responding to the circumstances of every day, we need to make judgements. We decide what to eat, what to wear, how to travel, how to spend our time, how to respond to various people or circumstances. Such judgements involve skills we’ve developed and serve us well. We also become pretty adept at judging people. […]

Mary’s Way of the Cross

By Richard G Furey CSsR Artwork by Gretchen Hatfield Reid First Station Jesus Is Condemned to Die It was early Friday morning when I saw my son. That was the first glimpse I had of him since they took him away. His bruised and bleeding skin sent a sword of pain deep into my heart […]

Focus on Lent

In his book The Moon’s a Balloon, David Niven recounts a delightful story from Herbert Mundin’s service in the British Navy during World War I. As a stoker, Mundin spent his working days deep below deck shovelling coal into the boiler fires. The work was sweaty, exhausting and unending. All crew members had to wear […]

Is Lent Your Cup of Tea?

Ash Wednesday is upon us once again and the season of Lent beckons. Once upon a time we all took the Lenten fast very seriously along with the various requirements for Fasting, Mass attendance, Reconciliation and Lenten resolutions of our own.  As the culture has changed and the Church has modified some of the requirements, […]

Lent in Stained Glass

The Sorrowful Mysteries The Agony in the Garden This window from St Mary of the Angels, Wellington [1] shows the scene in its simplest form, with the angels offering Jesus the cup, and the apostles asleep. The window from St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, [2] is more complex, and shows Jerusalem and the marauding crowd, baying […]

Meditation for Lent – The Cross

One year I took my then four year old granddaughter to church and we happened to sit beside the twelfth Station of the Cross. When I explained about the Crucifixion and the events that had led up to it, she looked very solemn and, understandably, said that she thought “His mummy must have been very […]

Lenten Reflection

The Gospel reading on the First Sunday of Lent is always about Our Lord’s being tempted in the desert.

The Holy Season Of Lent

A man I once knew used to give up alcohol and cigarettes during Lent. During the rest of the year he consumed both commodities in significant quantities so it was a big effort for him. He was steadfast in his self-denial, and year after year he arrived at Easter Sunday triumphant, with neither a drop […]

The Test of Two Worlds

We have just, it seems, completed the celebrations of Christmas and we are asking the question, ‘Where did all that time go.’  Towards the end of  this month of February we are stepping out into the season of Lent. Many people of all persuasions embrace Christmas. It is a holiday time and a time of […]

Sunday 30 March

FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT 1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13, Ephesians 5:8-14, Ps 23, John 9:1-41 Give sight to the blind Jesus wants to heal us, to free us from the blindness of disbelief. His healing of the blind man shows how necessary the gift of spiritual vision is: it rescues us from being spiritual beggars […]