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Monday 22 July

St Mary Magdalene Songs 3:1-4; Psalm 63; John 20:1-2 , 11-18 Called by name Pope Francis calls Mary Magdalene the ‘Apostle of the Apostles’, and the ‘Apostle of the new and greatest hope.’ “How beautiful” he says, “to think that the first appearance of the Risen One took place in such a personal way! That […]

Friday 19 July

Exodus 11:10-12:14; Psalm 116:12-18; Matthew 12:1-8 Mercy “Mercy is what I want and not sacrifice…” We cannot earn the mercy of God – it is pure gift. Often we think if we work hard and keep all the rules then Jesus will show us his mercy whereas Jesus gives mercy to everyone freely and lavishly. […]

A Surprising Knock at my Heart

When I was in Wellington for the weekend, there was no Sunday Mass at my local church, so I decided to walk to St Mary of the Angels’ for the choral Mass. Latin would not be my first love, and I am not much of a singer, but much to my surprise both those aspects […]

Christ is Risen

Being aware of our shortcomings “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3). So many times, we all know it, it’s easier and more comfortable to see and condemn the defects and sins of others, without being […]

Out of Darkness … into Light

Out of darkness God has called us, Claimed by Christ as God’s own people. Holy nation, royal priesthood, Walking in God’s marvellous light. — Refrain from the hymn Out of Darkness by Christopher Walker The images on the cover and on page 2 of this issue of the Messenger are evocative of the account of […]

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 […]