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Art, Consumerism, The Poor

Art enriches human life Throughout history, art has been second only to life in bearing witness to the Lord. It was, and remains, a majestic road allowing us more than by words and ideas to approach the faith, because it follows the same path of faith, that of beauty. The beauty of art enriches life […]

Saturday 27 October

Ephesians 4:7-16; Psalm 122; Luke 13:1-9 A Community of Love Today’s first reading reminds us of three great truths: each of us has been given our own share of grace by Christ; we have not all been given the same “share of grace” but have received different gifts; and so we need each other to […]

Friday 7 September

1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Psalm 37; Luke 5:33-39 Offering truth Pope Francis has said that truth is like a precious stone: offer it in your hand, and it draws others to you; hurl it at someone, and it causes injury. Perhaps this can be seen in the images of the new cloth and the new wine. […]

Beware the banana skin!

During a homily at daily Mass on 15 December 2014 the Pope said “Never condemn others, but if temptation strikes, then condemn yourself because there is bound to be something deserving judgement”. Pope Francis feels very strongly about people he sees as hypocritical. In that homily he describes people who have the appearance of doing […]

On the Missionary Endeavour of the Church

On the Missionary Endeavour of the Church Today’s Gospel (Cf. Mark 6:7-13) recounts the moment in which Jesus sent the Twelve on mission. After having called them one by one by name, “to be with Him” (Mark 3:14), listening to His words and observing His healing gestures, now He calls them again “to send them […]

Friday 20 July

Isaiah 38:1-6, 21-22,7-8; Canticle Isaiah 38:10, 11,12a-d, 16; Matthew 12:1-8 Mercy not sacrifice Today we see Jesus showing understanding and compassion for his disciples who are hungry. However the Pharisees could not stop themselves from applying the letter of the law and finding fault. Jesus reminded his followers that they should be motivated by mercy […]

On Confirmation

On Confirmation A summary of the General Audience May 23 Jesus entrusted a great mission to His disciples: “You are the salt of the earth; you are the light of the world” (Cf. Matthew 5:13-16). They are images that make us think of our behaviour, because the lack or excess of salt makes food unpleasant, […]

On the Eucharist

During a brief day-trip to two small Italian cities, Pope Francis stressed the centrality of the Eucharist to the life and actions of the Church, saying without Christ’s love and self-sacrifice, everything would be done in vain, since everything Jesus did was for others. “The Eucharist is not a beautiful rite, but it is the […]

The Our Father and the Breaking of the Bread

A summary of the General Audience March 14 In the Last Supper, after Jesus took the bread and the chalice of the wine, and gave thanks to God, He “broke the bread.” In the Eucharistic Liturgy of the Mass, the breaking of the Bread corresponds to this action, preceded by the prayer that the Lord […]

St Bede the Venerable

25 May St Bede is not a particularly well-known saint in New Zealand. Bede was born in the north of England, near the monastery of Wearmouth. He joined that monastery at the age of seven, and spent all his life there or at Jarrow, teaching and writing. Regarded as the outstanding Church author of his […]