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“Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long…”

This popular 90’s tune is by Canadian singer Tom Cochrane. The song is a metaphor comparing life to a journey on a highway. There is something in us that resonates with travel. Authors have written so many popular road-trip novels, it’s a genre in itself. Travelling from place to place, with experiences and lessons learned, […]

Le Puy-en-Velay – the beginning of the Journey

Le Puy-en-Velay is of great significance in the Marist story.  It was there that the initial inspiration for the founding of the Society of Mary took place.  It was, in that sense, the beginning of the Marist journey.  It is also the starting point of the most famous of all the Camino pilgrimage routes that […]

The Way of St James: France

Le Puy-en-Velay to the Pyrénées, 2 September – 8 October 2019 On the afternoon of the second day of this journey, I was sitting with the owner of a little pub in Monistrol d’Allier where I was staying, watching him peel enormous mushrooms that were the local delicacy, but which looked to me more like […]

God … Disguised as our Life

It was Paula D’Arcy who wrote, ‘God comes to us disguised as our life’. Paula D’Arcy wrote those words after a drunk driver killed her husband and one-year-old child, when Paula was just 27, and three months pregnant. Frederick Buechner echoes a similar insight. He suggests living a spiritual life is to ‘listen to (our) […]


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Motif and dynamic of the Christian Life The Solemnity of the Transfiguration of the Lord is the occasion when God’s life gloriously shone forth in the body of Jesus. In a sense, that’s our goal as the baptised. And to make that challenge a more realistic goal for us, the Church punctuates her calendar with […]


Recently, thousands of people gathered in Tété, 170 km north of Nouméa in New Caledonia, for the diocesan pilgrimage, preceded by a youth gathering. The pilgrimage was centred on the 100th anniversary of the appartions of Our Lady of Fatima. Marist confrères, along with Archbishop Michel Calvet sm, participated in the celebration, which they described […]

Going with God

The wind goes wherever it pleases. You can hear its voice but you can’t hear its sound. John 3:8 As readers may recall from the first part of my pilgrimage story, I decided to abandon my DIY ‘I can do this alone’ ideas to let God direct operations instead. I have to say, it’s fun […]


One of the movements that has caught the mood of many Christians of these times has been the pilgrimage to St James of Compostella, Spain. There are a number of starting places for this pilgrimage. One such place is the spectacular town of Le Puy in neighbouring  France. Other places of pilgrimage include Jerusalem in […]

Wednesday 19 June

2 Cor 9:6-11, Ps 112, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 Infinite blessings In the movie, “The Way”, a man, seeking to come to terms with the sudden death of his son, embarks on a pilgrimage. The blessings he receives are unexpected and profound. Blessings are not a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience. They abound everywhere. Just waiting to be noticed; […]