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Saturday 14 September

EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS (F) Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 78; Philippians 2:6-11; John 3:13-17 Jesus’ cross and ours Six months after celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus we are again reminded of the cross of Jesus. By believing in Jesus, the crucified one who rose again, we can experience that all our suffering and […]

Thursday 12 September

The Holy Name of Mary (OM) Colossians 3:12-17; Psalm 150; Luke 6:27-38 Loving our enemies Today’s Gospel could not be clearer! At the same time, it is certainly one of the most difficult commandments of Jesus for all of us. Stop and think: who has truly hurt me? Who am I withholding my affection from […]

Brother Joseph Lamb SM

Born in Wellington, 27 June 1934 Professed at Highden on 15 August 1954 Died in Napier, 15 June 2019 John Lamb, known to most of us as Brother Joe, had an identical twin, David. Joe’s mother came from Limerick, Ireland, and his father from Glasgow, Scotland. Brother Joe was very proud of his Celtic heritage. […]

Friday 30 August

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Psalm 97; Matthew 25:1-13 Stay awake and listen God wants us to be holy. Holy persons try to love others as God loves, yet know they will never succeed perfectly. They take ordinary tasks and do them in freedom with generous love. They know they need God and call on the Holy […]

Sunday 11 August

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Wisdom 18:6-9; Psalm33; Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19; Luke 12:32-48 Move freely with God Abraham and Sarah are inspirational models of faith, leaving home and not knowing their destination, actively searching for land, and trusting God for a child. Staying home and waiting on God’s promises would have been simpler. Their faith […]

Sunday 4 August

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:21-23; Psalm 95;Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11; Luke 12:13-21 Make Christ your life Solomon ponders life’s meaning. Vanity is ego or trivial self-interest. Another word for vanity might be ‘hollowness’, or ‘vapour’. Perhaps we dream about being rich. Solomon was rich beyond measure, yet warns that he had nothing without […]

Friday 2 August

St Peter Julian Eymard (OM) Leviticus 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34-37; Psalm 81; Matthew 13:54-58 Attentive to God among us St Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868) was a member of the Society of Mary before founding congregations of men, women and lay apostolates for worship of the Eucharist. The Eucharistic framework is drawn from Judaism. We […]

A School for Prayer (24) – Spiritual Guidance (3 of 3)

The ancient tradition of the spiritual life By Fr Craig  Larkin SM, 1943 – 2015 What does the disciple need to do? 1.  The disciple should search carefully for a spiritual father St Symeon the New Theologian says that there are two ways of finding the energy of the Spirit that we received in Baptism: […]

Saturday 20 July

Exodus 12:37-42; Psalm 136; Matthew 12:14-21 The bruised reed “…The bruised reed he will not break, and the flickering flame he will not quench…” What beautiful words from the prophet Isaiah and how beautifully they are embodied in the ministry of Jesus. When I am estranged from others through quarrels, or through anger or resentment, […]

A School for Prayer (23)

Spiritual Guidance (2 of 5) The ancient tradition of the spiritual life By Fr Craig  Larkin SM, 1943 – 2015 The ‘Abba’ in the Desert Tradition From the beginning, the ministry of spiritual accompaniment or guidance belonged not to the hierarchic organization of the Church, but to the prophetic or “charismatic” part of the Church. […]