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Sunday 4 August

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ecclesiastes 1:2, 2:21-23; Psalm 95;Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11; Luke 12:13-21 Make Christ your life Solomon ponders life’s meaning. Vanity is ego or trivial self-interest. Another word for vanity might be ‘hollowness’, or ‘vapour’. Perhaps we dream about being rich. Solomon was rich beyond measure, yet warns that he had nothing without […]

Wednesday 7 February

MEMORIAL OF ST. PAUL MIKI AND COMPANIONS 1 Kings 10:1-10; Psalm 37; Mark 7:14-23 Wealth and wisdom undone In our first reading, God gave Solomon great wisdom, and with that wisdom, great wealth. The Queen of Sheba was just one of many who was enthralled and bedazzled by Solomon’s wealth and wisdom. But our gospel […]

Thursday 25 September

Eccles 1: 2-11; Psalm 90; Luke 9:7-9 Curse the Fall The theme of the Book of Ecclesiastes is vanity in its original sense of emptiness or frustration. Because of the Fall, no matter what we do to be happy, sooner or later it let’s us down. Nothing gives us lasting fulfillment. After vigorously stating its […]

Thinking for yourself

Most of the pieces I write for the Marist Messenger are sharing with you all the thoughts that have been going through my own mind.   It’s only in these later years of my life that I have given much mind to philosophy and puzzling about spiritual truths and mysteries. In the earlier years of […]

Faith isn’t faith until it’s all you’re hanging onto

Back in the 1980s, in the lounge room of my Mum’s modest little apartment, there was a cheap framed print depicting a kitten clinging onto the outside of a wicker basket by his front claws. Below him was a void. He was probably too young to know that cats always land on all fours. Well, […]


DOES anyone else share this problem? Often, when I do the right thing – as opposed to what I would much rather do – I am very conscious of my behaviour. Worse, the awareness will frequently revisit me. I would prefer, and indeed I have petitioned my Maker in this regard, to be unconscious of […]