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Pilgrimage Places in Aotearoa – New Zealand Some of New Zealand’s pilgrimage destinations: the tomb of New Zealand’s first Catholic Bishop Pompallier at Motuti in the Hokianga; the National Shrine of St Peter Chanel at Russell in the Bay of Islands; Hiruharama (Jerusalem) up the Whanganui River; the statue of Our Lady of Kapiti in […]

The Town of Le Puy in Early Marist History

Part 1 of 2 The Cathedral town of Le Puy, with a population of about 19,000, is 140 km south-west of Lyons. The town is built in the crater of a volcano. Two volcanic plugs — puy, in French – rise over it. The chapel of Saint Michel D’Aguilhe, almost 1100 years old and 630 […]

Friday 24 November

St Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions 1 Maccabees 4:36-37, 52-59; Canticle 1 Chronicles 29:10-12; Luke 19:45-48 A ‘house of prayer’ Jesus referred to ‘his house’ – the Temple – as a house of prayer. Probably we would think of our own church similarly. It is where we gather at least weekly to pray together. But we […]

Mary and Child

Side statue of Mary and Child Jesus, possibly draped for a festival, in the Parish Church of  Virgin Mary Birth in Velké Bílovice, just over the border from Slovakia into the Czech Republic.  The matching statue of the Sacred Heart is shown below.

The Shrine

My Mom’s name was Agnes Cecelia Taylor McKee; she was the youngest child in a family of ten children. She was born on November 29, 1911 and died of a sudden heart attack on April 11, 1977 at the age of 65. Her parents were Anne Herbert and Louis Taylor, and her siblings were Katherine […]

Mary for the Third Millennium (1)

A Sensitive Topic This is not a matter of gazing into a crystal ball and trying to read the future. The directions of Mary for the Third Millennium are already well in place. What happened in the past influences the present and shapes the future. After almost two years of reflection on Mary, those of […]

Mary in the Laundry

On the window sill of our laundry sits a statue of Our Lady. It’s not even a proper statue. It’s a plastic moulded bottle in the shape of Our Lady of Lourdes and it has a pin-sized hole in the bottom. On one side of the statue sits a pink plastic peg and on the […]

Tuesday 22 November

Daniel 2: 31-45, Daniel 3: 57-61, Luke 21: 5-11 The kingdom of God Here Daniel describes and explains a dream that is worrying his master, the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel interprets the various sections of the colossal statue in the dream as the succession of empires to which the Jews were subject, beginning with that […]

Mary pirouettes 180° during earthquake

During the February 22 Quake in Christchurch , a statue of the Virgin Mary in the South Tower of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral was turned 180° in the violent motion. On May 22 she was carried full circle in procession around the damaged Basilica.(cf Front Cover) She was accompanied by 200 people praying Rosaries, and […]