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It was a Saturday morning in early December 1991 in Samoa. I was moving furniture away from the louvre windows because cyclone-driven rain was blowing through them. Then there was a bit more noise, and the room suddenly became very bright. No one had turned the lights on. The explanation was simple — there was […]

We grow by giving

An extract from Pope Francis’ homily on the Solemnity of Pentecost, 31.05.2020: The secret of unity in the Church, the secret of the Spirit is gift. For the Spirit himself is gift. He lives by giving himself and in this way he keeps us together, making us sharers in the same gift. It is important […]

Pentecost — A Tap on the Shoulder

A little group of bewildered men, together with Mary and who knows who else, huddled together in a room for the comfort of one another’s company and in fear of what lay beyond — hardly an image that inspires hope. There’s no social distancing here, just a small scrum of fear. The one who had […]

Mary at Pentecost and in the new-born Church

This month we celebrate Pentecost, the feast of the Church being born in the fire of the Holy Spirit. One in mind and heart and gathered around Mary, the first believers gave strong witness to the resurrection of Jesus (Acts 2:1-4, 42-47), and to the joy that comes from being part of something extraordinarily wonderful. […]

Mary for Today – Mary at Pentecost

Pentecost: This feast originally marked the end of the grain harvest. In time it came to be associated with the Exodus and the giving of the covenant. In NT times it took on a new significance as the day in which the Spirit is given to the disciples of Jesus. Eventually the fifty day period, […]

Thursday 21 May

Acts 22:30, 23:6-11, Ps. 16, John 17:20-26 One in Christ The week – between Ascension and Pentecost is, for New Zealand, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Let us be prompted by Jesus’ prayer: “May they all be one. Father, may they be one in us, as you are in me and I am […]

Sunday 19 May

PENTECOST Act 2:1-11, Ps 104:1,24,29-30,31,34, Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13John 14:15-16,23-26 Go tell everyone The mission Christ gave the apostles when he breathed the life of the Holy Spirit into them, was to spread the news of his resurrection and of salvation to all people. This is a universal message which means the same today as it did […]

Monday 1 April

Act 2:14,22-33, Ps 16, Matt 28:8-15 Courage and confusion The elders spread confusion and doubt, yet the women had seen Jesus and were certain that he had risen. When they told the disciples, imagine how they greeted the news. Did they drag their feet to Galilee? Yet Jesus greeted them there and gave them certainty. […]

On Fifty Years after Vatican II

“AGGIORNAMENTO” DOES NOT BREAK WITH TRADITION BUT EXTENDS ITS VITALITY VIS 14/10/2012 “Fifty years on from the opening of that solemn gathering of the Church”, Benedict XVI added, “some people may ask themselves whether that term aggiornamento was perhaps, from the very beginning, not entirely appropriate. For my part I am convinced that the intuition […]

Pentecost, Health Care, Ascension

Pentecost overcomes divisions, enmity “Pentecost is the feast of union, of human understanding and communion. Yet it is evident to everyone that in our world, although we are closer to one another than ever before thanks to the development of the communications media, … understanding and communion among people is often superficial and difficult. Imbalances […]