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MM 50 Years Ago

A ceremony that had not taken place in the Far North (of New Zealand) since the 40s of last century was repeated at Whangarei on Saturday 7 February. In those times pioneer Fathers and Brothers sometimes arrived on the mission field before Profession, completing their novitiate during the long shipboard voyage from Europe. Brother Philip […]

December Crossword

Solution for November Apologies that the clue for 17 Across in the November Crossword was misplaced 17 Across should have been: “Gamblers’ profit from Wednesday’s lead during a cricket game! (8) Across: 1 Pawpaw, 4 U-boats, 8 Religion, 9 Ogre, 11 Chock-a-block, 12 Stipulating, 15 Interregnum, 16 Evil, 17 Winnings, 18 Theist, 19 Demons.  Down: […]

God Became Man?

This story was shared with me: There was a religious sceptic who worked as a farmer. One raw winter night, the man heard scuffling sounds against the kitchen door. He went to a window and saw tiny, shivering sparrows, attracted to the light and warmth in the house, beating in vain against the door. Touched, […]

September Saints

Blessed Maria Vittoria Strata of Genoa (1562-1617) Maria Vittoria De Fornari was born in Genoa, the seventh of nine children. Maria married Angelo Strata on 21 March 1579 and bore six children. In late 1587 her husband fell ill and died not long after, leaving her pregnant with her last child. While Maria wanted to find another […]

Sunday 18 August

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10; Psalm 40; Hebrews 12:1-4; Luke 12:49-53 Prophets cause discomfort Why are prophets so uncomfortable to be around? They don’t follow the norms of political correctness and they speak inconvenient truths most of us are trying not to think about. People became upset at Jeremiah’s tales of destruction […]

Friday 12 July

Genesis 46:1-7, 28-30; Psalm 37;Matthew 10:16-23 Religious freedom Only very occasionally do we reflect upon the gift of religious freedom, the ability to worship God, in freedom, according to our religious beliefs. The tragedy of 15 March 2019 in Christchurch has given us all pause. How many of our brothers and sisters – Jews, Christians […]

Wednesday 1 May

Acts 5:17-26; Psalm 34; John 3:16-21 Our presence We are to be the Lord's disciples, whatever our situation. We must live and work honestly, with integrity. Farmers, carers, teachers, shop assistants, IT workers, priests, religious, homemakers – everyone. We try to see Jesus in each person we meet, and hope that by our actions they […]

Sunday 28 April

Second Sunday of Easter Acts 5:12-16; Psalm 118; Apocalypse 1:9-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31 He breathed on them There can be times when it is difficult to admit that we are Catholic, moments when we are hesitant to share what has come to be so important for us and often so personal. When the media seems […]

Wednesday 3 April

Isaiah 49:8-15; Psalm 145; John 5:17-30 What do you choose to see? One of the invitations of Lent is to allow our way of seeing to be re-set. The religious police see Jesus breaking the law and catch him working on the Sabbath, and he is seemingly proud to do so. They don’t see the […]

Saturday 9 February

Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21; Psalm 23; Mark 6:30-34 Doing good works The crowds, who guessed where Jesus was heading and got there before him, were enchanted by him. Instinctively, they knew that he loved them. They had never experienced anything like that from their religious leaders and teachers. He was truly their shepherd, and we can […]