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Tag Archive for ‘mission’

Father Francis Vernon Douglas

It is good news that the Vatican’s Congregation For the Causes of Saints is wishing to investigate the cause for beatification of Francis Vernon Douglas, a New Zealand Columban priest who was murdered by the Japanese Military during World War II. Many New Zealanders have long thought that his heroic death was a martyrdom that […]

An Appeal for Help

The Sisters of the Child Jesus, based in Kasama, Zambia, are a local order founded almost a hundred years ago. The Sisters run a day-care centre for 103 destitute children, a project started by volunteers from Jersey, U.K., who could not keep it going. They supported it by a large garden, worked by the children […]

The Annunciation and Us

In his General Audience of 23 October 2013, Pope Francis said, At the Annunciation, the Messenger of God calls Mary ‘full of grace’ and reveals his plan to her. Mary answers ‘yes’, and from that moment Mary’s faith receives new light: it is concentrated on Jesus, the Son of God, who took flesh from her […]

8 February: Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking

St Josephine Bakhita was born in Darfur, Sudan, in 1869. She was nine when she was kidnapped and sold as a slave, so traumatised by the experience that she could no longer remember her name. Her captors named her ‘bakhita’, which means ‘fortunate’. In 1882, she became the property of the Italian consul, whose family […]

Francis Speaks

The evil of human trafficking Trafficking represents an unjustifiable violation of the freedom and dignity of its victims, of those constitutive dimensions of the human being as willed and created by God. For this reason, it is to be considered a crime against humanity. Of this, there can be no doubt. The same gravity, by […]

Monday 2 September

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Psalm 96; Luke 4:16-30 Good news to the poor Jesus announces his mission as it was foretold by the prophet Isaiah. His mission is to the poor, the blind, to prisoners or to those oppressed in any way. The Gospels reveal that Jesus was totally faithful to this mission. Do we realize […]

Monday 15 July

St Bonaventure, B.D. Exodus 1:8-14, 22; Psalm 124; Matthew 10:34-11:1 Sharing in Christ’s work This passage of Matthew’s gospel completes a time of instruction and teaching from Jesus – the mission and mandate for the disciple, and the particular shape of his or her response to Christ in sharing in his mission. Within all discipleship […]

Monday 28 January

ST THOMAS AQUINAS Hebrews 9:15, 24-28; Psalm 97 (98):1-6; Mark 3:22-30 Being misunderstood Being misunderstood seems to be part of the human condition. Jesus was certainly misunderstood by his relatives and the scribes. How do we handle being misunderstood even in a hostile way? Jesus calmly renews his commitment and carries on. The Father will […]

Sunday 13 January

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; Psalm 28 (29):1-4, 9-10; Titus 2:11-14, 3:4-7; Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 Mission Jesus’ Baptism begins his public ministry. The appointed time has come. The Spirit shows his presence. The Father’s voice is heard. Jesus’ life is changed irrevocably. He assumes this new phase of his life and mission. […]

Wednesday 5 December

Isaiah 25:6-10; Psalm 22 (23); Matthew 15:29-37 Moved with compassion For the last time, Matthew offers a summary of the healing mission of Jesus which echoes the age of the Messiah of Isaiah 35:5-6. The crowd express their amazement and praise God. As a shepherd caring for sheep, Jesus links healing with feeding. His deep […]