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“In old age they will still bear fruit”

“In old age they will still bear fruit” (Ps 92:15). These words of the Psalmist we can proclaim on this second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.  Many people are afraid of old age. The elderly, they think, should be set apart, lest we have to deal with their problems. This is the mindset of […]

Francis Speaks On the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

Jesus Becomes Fragile in the Eucharist The Gospel presents us the narrative of the Last Supper (Mk 14:12-16, 22-26). The words and gestures of the Lord touch our hearts: He takes the bread in his hands, pronounces the blessing, breaks it and offers it to the disciples, saying: “Take; this is my body” (v. 22). […]

The Cry of the Earth

Twenty-six years ago, we lived in Motueka and one of our favourite weekend outings was to take the 12-minute drive down to the Kumaras, a wilderness reserve on the Motueka foreshore. Motueka sits to the side of Tasman Bay on the flood plain of the Motueka River, which emerges from the hills behind Motueka, runs […]

Francis Speaks…

Going to the school of Mary is going to a school of faith and life. She, a teacher because she is a disciple, teaches the ‘A’ to ‘Z’ of human and Christian life. We live in the time of the Second Vatican Council. No other council in history has given Mariology as much emphasis. This […]

World Day of the Sick (12 Feb)

The experience of sickness makes us feel fragile, and it makes us feel in need of others. Not alone, not alone. “Sickness raises the question of life’s meaning, which we bring before God in faith. In seeking a new and deeper direction in our lives, we may not find an immediate answer”. Saint John Paul […]

Bread of Life

Jesus states clearly: “I am the bread of life” (John 6:48). What does bread of life mean? We need bread to live. Those who are hungry do not ask for refined and expensive food, they ask for bread. Those who are unemployed do not ask for enormous wages, but for the ‘bread’ of employment. Jesus […]

Jesus Heals the Bleeding Woman

Today in the Gospel (cf. Mark 5:21-43) Jesus encounters our two most dramatic situations, death and disease. However, in this period in which illness is still at the centre of the news, we will focus  on the healing of the woman. More than her health, her affections were compromised. Why? She had blood loss and […]

Pope Francis – a Son of St Ignatius

Several interviewers have asked how Pope Francis’ Jesuit background and training have influenced his pontificate. The answer is that it is impossible to separate Francis from his Ignatian Spiritualty and his membership of the Society of Jesus. When the Pope was interviewed by Fr Antonio Spadaro SJ, and asked, “Who is Jorge Mario Bergoglio?” he […]

Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ

Saint Paul wrote, “Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body” (1 Corinthians 10:17). We are a community nourished by the body and blood of Christ. Communion with the body of Christ is an effective sign of unity, of communion, of sharing. One cannot participate in the Eucharist without committing oneself […]

On praying with the Scriptures

On praying with the Scriptures The words of Sacred Scripture were not written to remain imprisoned on papyrus, parchment or paper, but to be received by a person who prays, making them blossom in his or her heart. The Word of God goes to the heart. The Catechism affirms that: “prayer should accompany the reading […]