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Tag Archive for ‘Our Lady’

Wednesday 15 September

Hebrews 5:7-9; Psalm 31; John 19:25-27 or Luke 2:33-35 Our Lady of Sorrows (M) In pain with us His parents took the child Jesus to the temple. A kind, holy man Simeon took Jesus gently in his arms. Simeon looked at Mary and told her that a sword will pierce her heart. Mary will suffer […]

The Story of Two English Shrines

From August this year, New Zealand will have a National Shrine of our Lady; it will be in St Mary of the Angels in Wellington, a beautiful church staffed by Marist priests and a fitting place. We hope and pray that it will become a place of devotion and consolation for all.  It is worth […]

Friday 16 July

Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OM) Exodus 11:10-12:14, Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18, Matthew 12:1-8 Mary’s discerning heart Harvesting was one of thirty-nine categories of forbidden Sabbath actions. The Pharisees decry Jesus’ disciples for it. Hunger motivates them, not harvesting for profit, and Jesus reminds the Pharisees of David’s actions (1 Sam 21:1-6). They will not condemn […]

Thursday 11 February

Our Lady of Lourdes (OM) World Day of Prayer for the Sick Genesis 2:18-25; Psalm 128:1-5; Mark 7:24-30 A Gentile faith, humility, and love How would you feel if someone called you a dog? The Syrophoenician mother in today’s gospel demonstrated faith, humility and love. She accepted her gentile status of ‘nothing’, as a ‘house […]

Saturday 12 December

Our Lady of Guadalupe (OM) Ecclesiasticus 48:1-4, 9-12; Psalm 80; Matthew 17:10-13 Risking to tell the truth “They did to him whatever they pleased…the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands”. We can hear the pain and anger in Jesus’ words as he remembers the death of his cousin John and foretells […]

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 […]

The Town of Le Puy in Early Marist History

Part 1 of 2 Forty years after he heard Mary’s call to form the Society of Mary, Jean-Claude Courveille wrote to Gabriel-Claude Mayet in February 1852. He gave this account of what he “heard” from Our Lady: “Here is what I want. I have always imitated my Divine Son in everything. I followed Him to […]

The Town of Le Puy in Early Marist History

Part 1 of 2 The Cathedral town of Le Puy, with a population of about 19,000, is 140 km south-west of Lyons. The town is built in the crater of a volcano. Two volcanic plugs — puy, in French – rise over it. The chapel of Saint Michel D’Aguilhe, almost 1100 years old and 630 […]

Marist Mission in Bahia

The Mission of the Society of Mary in Bahia, Brazil, began in 1987. This happened after much research in order to find a diocese that was located in a poor area of the country where we could offer support, not only in parish ministry, but also to the diocese as a whole. The idea was […]

Mary’s Month

I have never been convinced by the claim of northern hemisphere Catholics that “May is Mary’s Month.” I have never been convinced by explanations that try to attach Christian meanings to non-Christian customs and festivals.  I prefer to follow the liturgical year and the church calendar that have been set out for us in the […]