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St John of the Cross

The Dark Night of the Soul Part 5 of 5 This is the fourth major work of St John, even though scholars say it is a continuation and completion of his earlier work, the Ascent of Mount Carmel. In fact, both comment on the same poem, but take different angles. The Dark Night is concerned […]

St John of the Cross — The Spiritual Canticle

Part 2 of 5 St John of the Cross, the Mystical Doctor of the Church, provides teaching to help us survive and thrive in these testing times. To begin to appreciate his profound wisdom, a wise man told me to begin with the Spiritual Canticle. Professor E Allison Peers calls it one of the loveliest […]

Thursday 27 December

Feast of St John, Apostle and Evangelist 1 John 1:1-4; Psalm 96 (97):1-2, 5-6, 11-12; John 20:2-8 Seeing from inside With Peter, the Beloved Disciple runs to the tomb. He gets there first, peers into the tomb, sees the linen cloths, but he did not go in. Later, he goes into the tomb. He sees […]

Sunday 24 June

Birth of St John the Baptist Isaiah 49:1-6, Psalm 139, Acts 13:22-26, Luke 1:57-66,80. The Song of Zechariah John’s father Zechariah proclaims timeless words. This canticle first acknowledges the coming of Jesus, then says that John is called to be ‘a prophet of the Most High.’ Is this so different from the way we are […]

Friday 5 January

1 John 3:11-21; Psalm 100; John 1:43-51 A fundamental commandment When I was young I was told the tale of St John, who as an elderly preacher, would stand in front of the people and simply say: “My dear children, love one another.” This story goes to the heart of the entire Christian message: that […]

Wednesday 27 December

St John the Evangelist 1 John 1:1-4; Psalm 97; John 20:2-8 Beloved of God We meet today in the gospel the beloved disciple, traditionally associated with St John. He was a witness to the resurrection of the Lord. Like John, we too are the beloved of God. The Christmas season is about understanding who this […]

Saturday 24 June

the Birth of St John the Baptist Vigil readings: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71; 2 Peter 1:8-12; Luke 1:5-17 Life in its fullness As we observe in the lives of the new-born the potential life that offers them, so in our own lives — what message has been planted in us that has the potential to […]

Monday 17 October

St Ignatius of Antioch Ephesians 2:1-10, Ps.100, Luke 12:13-21 Where is our wealth? Ignatius of Antioch was an early apostolic father, a bishop who’d been a student of St John. He wrote about the true presence in the Eucharist and is credited with establishing the word Catholic as the name for the church. A martyr, […]

Wednesday 24 June

Birth of St John the Baptist Isaiah 49:1-6, Ps 139, Acts 13:22-26, Luke 1:57-66,80 Truly great events are always announced, prepared for and anticipated in advance. So it is with St John the Baptist. His birth was miraculous and joyful, and the message he brought was that the Saviour is coming. He announces in our […]

Icon of the Cross

The Icon of the Cross was especially commissioned for St John the Evangelist Catholic Parish, Otara, in 2013. The Icon was written by Michael Pervan and Jenny Trolove of the Studio of John the Baptist, Takapuna, Auckland. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam For the Greater Glory of God  The pictures of the Stations of the Cross […]