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Hauropi Mariana

A Marian Integral Ecology – Part 2 of 2 To be Mary, Virgin: Ko te Whaea – Ko te Tātāhou  To be like Mary, to imitate her quality of presence, is to be as soil. Our food, our shelter, our clothing, the air we breathe all depend on soil. To be like Mary is to […]

Mary Assumed into Heaven / The Eucharist

Mary Assumed into Heaven The poet Dante calls the Virgin Mary, “humbler and loftier than any creature” (Paradise, XXXIII, 2). It is beautiful to think that the humblest and loftiest creature in history, the first to win heaven with her entire being, in soul and body, lived out her life for the most part within […]

Friday 29 October

Romans 9:1-5; Psalm 147:12-20; Luke 14:1-6 God, forever blessed The praise of God echoes through the psalms, together with pleas for protection and renewals of repentance. These prayers are mirrors reflecting the human condition. I am capable of the highest form of bravery and the deepest treachery. O God, I praise you for your faithful […]

Saturday 9 October

Joel 4: 12-21; Psalm 97; Luke 11:27-28 The valley of decision The prophet Joel presents God’s wrath but also shows God to be a shelter and a stronghold. The choice is ours. Jesus sharpens the focus: everything we need is in the word of God, and Jesus is that word, made flesh. O Lord, attune […]

Tapping into the Power of Patience

‘Patience is not passive, on the contrary, it is concentrated strength.’ – Bruce Lee ‘Patience doesn’t mean passivity or resignation, but power. It’s an emotionally freeing practice of waiting, watching, and knowing when to act.’  Judith Orloff, MD These pieces of wisdom are strong reminders that patience is a vital life skill. Without it we […]

Something Old – Something New [1]

Part 7 of 8 A Possible Marist Spiritual Ecology  The third Dimension: Tasting God – Cerdon The Marist Story within the Universal Story  We are proposing a paradigm for re-energizing our Marist Story by reconnecting it with the Universal Story The Marist Story can be seen as having four foundational dimensions: Call – Le Puy; […]

Saturday 10 July

class=”Apple-converted-space”> Genesis 49:29-33, 50:15-25, Psalm 105, Matthew 10:24-33 God’s love transforms life The Pharisees called Jesus ‘Beelzebul’ (Mt 9:34). Good is sometimes labelled evil. Christians today are not immune. Jesus tells us not to fear but to consider who we are to God. Even if you feel as insignificant as a sparrow, God never loses […]

Tuesday 20 April

Acts 7:51-8:1; Psalm 31; John 6:30-35 The bread of life Jesus is the bread of life. In the Eucharist, he gives us his body and blood in a Sacrament of love. In the teachings and stories of the Gospels, he shapes our lives and nourishes our souls. In our relationship with him, he provides energy […]

Tuesday 23 March

Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 102; John 8:21-30 Death or life The nursing department classroom had two images on the wall: the medical symbol of a snake around a standard, and a crucifix. In today’s first reading the Israelites acknowledge that they are dying because they have sinned. God grants life to those who look at the […]

Dust in the universe

We begin the Lenten Season by receiving ashes. The dust sprinkled on our heads brings us back to earth. It reminds us that we are dust and to dust we shall return (Genesis 3:19). We are weak, frail and mortal. Centuries and millennia pass and we come and go. Before the immensity of galaxies and […]