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Mary, first and perfect disciple

For several years I was the parish priest of La Santisima Trinidad, the principal parish of the town of Sullana, in Northern Peru. The central church could seat around 650 people. Hundreds more would attend each of the 8 or 9 Saturday vigils or Sunday Masses. The church had 10 or so different statues of […]

Saturday 1 January 2022

Mary, Mother of God (S) Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21 The first to hear Shepherds were the first to hear of Jesus’ birth. They were afraid. They were at the bottom of the social scale. After reflecting, they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph. Imagine their relief to find the […]

“Loving People Back to Life” — Caryll Houselander

Part 2 of 2 When Caryll was 16, her mother abruptly withdrew her from school because she needed her daughter’s help running the boarding house. Returning reluctantly, Caryll found herself working for her mother as a domestic servant. One of her many tasks was shopping for groceries and her second vision occurred while she was […]

Saturday 26 June

Genesis 18:1-15; Canticle of Mary, Luke 1:46-55; Matthew 8:5-17 Let God be God Jesus cured many people. But he did not take all sicknesses away or carry all our diseases for us. Is it just a lack of faith that prevents miracles? Imagine a world in which God automatically agreed to every request for a […]

Something Old – Something New

A Possible Marist Spiritual Ecology: Part 2  The first Dimension: Call – Le Puy Framework 2: The Marist Story within the Universal Story – Call – Le Puy In our Introduction we proposed that a paradigm for re-energising our Marist Story is to re-connect it with the Universal Story. The Marist Story can be seen […]

Friday 1 January

Mary, Mother of God (S) Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21 A new year begins! And a phrase from the Gospel reading of today leaps out at us as a wonderful New Year’s resolution for each of us. A phrase that helps us understand how Mary learnt to co-operate whole-heartedly with God’s will; […]

Sunday 20 December

4th Sunday of Advent 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16; Psalm 89; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38 Advent with Mary Today we remember Mary’s advent: the message of the angel followed by nine months of waiting for her child to be born. We have only five days to finalise our preparations for Christmas. Could we spend […]

Tuesday 8 December

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (S) Genesis 3:9-15, 20; Psalm 98; Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12; Luke 1:26-38 Mary our model Mary has much to teach us today! She was “favoured” not just because she was chosen to be the mother of God-made-human but because she had always been God’s faithful servant. Living her […]

The God Nobody Seemed To Want

The Messiah was predicted and longed for among the Jewish people but when God actually came among us, the light was so different from what was expected, that in our shallow human perceptions it appeared that Christ was the God that nobody seemed to want. We expected a king of this world and received a […]

How to Have 
a ‘Mary’ Christmas

Let us learn from the Virgin Mary how to be bolder in obeying the Word of God. Lessons for Living – from Mary, the Mother of Jesus Pope Francis When friends and colleagues learned that Protestant theologian Dr Scot McKnight was writing a book about Mary, he was often asked, “Why?” His answer was simple and […]