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Sunday 3 April

FIFTH SUNDAY of LENT Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:8-14; John 8:1-11 “I forgive you.” A good way through Lent we are consoled with God’s words through Isaiah “I am the Lord; I have done wonders in creation, but nothing compared with what I am going to do!” We’ll have the death and Resurrection of […]

Lent – Forty Prayers for Forty Days

The season of Lent – forty days leading up to Easter – is designated as a time for intentionally taking steps toward greater spiritual discipline, spiritual simplicity, spiritual renewal and spiritual growth. Here are forty prayers for the forty days of lent. Day 1 – For self-improvement Theologian Albrecht Ritschl wrote: “If I long to […]

Ash Wednesday

From the Pope’s homily, Ash Wednesday, 17 February 2021 We are now embarking on our Lenten journey, which opens with the words of the prophet Joel. They point out the path we are to follow. We hear an invitation that arises from the heart of God, who with open arms and longing eyes pleads with […]

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.