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See You Mate!

On a stunningly beautiful day I took the train to Waikanae. As we passed a millpond-calm sea, sparkling in the sun, a young man and a senior citizen struck up a conversation. It seems they did not know each other, but the older man remarked on the lovely day and the younger one replied by […]

Francis Speaks

Extracts from the Pope’s Easter Vigil homily, 20 April 2019 The women bring spices to the tomb, but they fear that their journey is in vain, since a large stone bars the entrance to the sepulchre. At times, it seems that everything comes up against a stone … It seems that the steps we take […]

Francis Speaks

The Holy Family of Nazareth The term ‘holy’ inserts this family into the realm of holiness, which is a gift of God but, at the same time, is free and responsible adherence to God’s plan. It was so for the family of Nazareth, which was totally open to the will of God. How can we […]

The Annunciation and Us

In his General Audience of 23 October 2013, Pope Francis said, At the Annunciation, the Messenger of God calls Mary ‘full of grace’ and reveals his plan to her. Mary answers ‘yes’, and from that moment Mary’s faith receives new light: it is concentrated on Jesus, the Son of God, who took flesh from her […]

Saturday 28 December

The Holy Innocents (F) 1 John 1:5-2:2; Psalm 124:2-5, 7-8; Matthew 2:13-18 Heart rather than head Innocent children continue to be oppressed and abused and murdered. Why do children suffer? Pope Francis says an answer is not be found not in the head, but in the heart. “Only when the heart is able to ask […]

Saturday 9 November

Dedication of St. John Lateran [F] Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12; Psalm 46; 1 Corinthians 3:9-11, 16-17; John 2:13-22 Union with Pope Francis St John Lateran is one of the four great basilicas in Rome. The other three are St. Peter’s, St Paul’s outside the Walls and St Mary Major’s. St John Lateran is, in fact, […]

Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees

(Abridged) Faith assures us that in a mysterious way the Kingdom of God is already present here on earth (cf. Gaudium et Spes, 39). Yet in our own time, we are saddened to see the obstacles and opposition it encounters. Violent conflicts and all-out wars continue to tear humanity apart; injustices and discrimination follow one […]

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 […]