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Friday 13 September

St John Chrysostom (M) 1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14; Psalm 16; Luke 6:39-42 Judging ourselves and others Jesus uses strong words to teach us to recognize our own weaknesses and sins before daring to criticize, or worse still, to give advice, to others. The Sacrament of Reconciliation invites us to recognize the 'log' in our own […]

Friday 9 August

St Edith Stein (St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) (om) Deuteronomy 4:32-40; Psalm 77; Matthew 16:24-28 Going out of oneself St Edith Stein was a distinguished Jewish philosopher and convert. She continued her writing after joining the Carmelites but died in Auschwitz in 1942. She said, the deeper one is drawn into God, the more […]

Saturday 8 June

Acts 28:16-20, 30-31; Psalm 11; John 21:20-25 The liturgical year Today marks the end of another season of the liturgical year. In our readings today, Luke concludes his writing of the Acts of the Apostles with brief comments about St Paul’s life in Rome and John signs off from his gospel with some personal reflections […]

Monday 8 April

Daniel 13; Psalm 23; John 8:1-11 Writing in the sand There are times when intense emotions are aroused. We need some ‘time out’ to grapple with what we are experiencing and how best to respond. Jesus felt for this woman, publicly condemned and obviously shamed, and rather than react to her accusers, he doodles in […]

Rosaleen Conway

16 November 1934 – 19 October 2017 Rosaleen, who died last year, was a regular contributor to the Marist Messenger. The editor at that time, Michael Unverricht, paid the following tribute to Rosaleen. During the 1980s, Rosaleen became involved in the life of the Marist Messenger. Her love of words and grammar prompted her to […]

Friday 3 February

Hebrews 13:1-8; Psalm 27; Mark 6:14-29 Always the same Writing to the Hebrew Christian community, St Paul reminds us that Jesus Christ is the same today as he was yesterday and will be forever. His love for us is constant. His teachings do not change. His commitment is to be with us always. Our own […]

Saturday 29 October

Philippians 1:18-26, Ps.42, Luke 14:1,7-11 The right place at table Jesus chose his teachings well. At a meal in the house of a leading Pharisee, he talked about people who wanted places of honour. I’ll bet that gave them indigestion. Compare this with St Paul’s writing to the Philippians. Paul was so in love with […]

Thursday 20 October

Ephesians 3:14-21, Ps.33, Luke 12:49-53 The divine blessing St Paul was a complex man with a wide range of emotions, all expressed passionately in his writing. The most beautiful passages, however, come from quieter moments when passion subsides and Paul is filled with grace. We cannot read this prayer to the Ephesians without being touched […]

Can You Bear It?

A headmaster at a parochial school wanted to provide his new students some advice for appropriate behaviour at church. He thought he would try to elicit rules that their parents might give the youngsters before taking them to a nice restaurant. “Don’t play with your food,” one second grader cited. “Don’t be loud,” said another, […]

People Who Love To Write

By Rachel Grate  The benefits of writing go far beyond building up your vocabulary. No matter the quality of your prose, the act of writing itself leads to strong physical and mental health benefits, like long-term improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms. In a 2005 study on the emotional and physical health benefits […]