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Can You Bear It?

On the morning of her birthday, a woman told her husband, “I just dreamed you gave me a diamond necklace. What do you think it means?” “Maybe you’ll find out tonight”, he replied. That evening, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife. She ripped off the wrapping paper […]

For the Ordinary Things

for the Messenger by M.H.B. Thank you, Lord, for the ordinary things, for the frost for the cold and the glow they bring. For the child who is well and the child who is not warm and content in her own little cot. For the heart that is warm and the hand outstretched to love […]

Monday 19 December

Judges 13:2-7, 24-25; Psalm 71; Luke 1:5-25 O Come Root of Jesse’s stem, sign of God’s love for us. The angel promises, ‘You will conceive and bear a son.’ Zechariah has trouble believing the message and is silenced until the child is born. Do we struggle at times to believe the promptings of the Spirit? […]


On the night of 14 April, at a Mass in St Michael’s Church, Remuera, a process was begun that may result in the introduction of the cause for sainthood of Fr Antoine Marie Garin sm. The launch was sponsored by an Auckland lay group, and Fr Garin’s founding of the parishes of Howick and Panmure […]

“Posada”– Seeking Lodgings

I have written before about our contact here in Brownsville, Texas, with migrant minors from Central America: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The latter part of this last year 2015 has seen the arrival of so many more minors between the ages of 11-17. There had been some sort of difficulty for them to cross […]

Good Friday At Okarito

On Good Friday a group of people made a pilgrimage walk from the Okarito Domain next to the beach, to the trig. It is a distance of about 1.8km each way and a height gain of 250 metres. Okarito is a small settlement on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It is famous […]

The Little Blue Dove

The small dove was no ordinary bird. For one thing it was blue in colour and had a yellow wing. In fact most people would never have picked it as being a dove, if it wasn’t for the red childlike printing above the bird that announced this was in fact what it was. To further […]

Thursday 28 August

St Augustine 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9; Ps 145;Matthew 24: 42-51 Be prepared Living Down Under with its earthquakes and unpredictable weather, we’re often told to be prepared. But are we ever? If we’re not prepared for natural disasters, then Christ’s return isn’t even on our radar. St Augustine had a wasted youth and beyond, but […]

Challenge 2000

Celebrating 25 years of Service and Ministry  to Youth and Families Small beginnings Challenge 2000 began in 1988 in the kitchen at Ss Peter and Pauls Presbytery in Johnsonville, Wellington, as a Youth Development and Social Work agency with one staff member and a supportive parish priest. Challenge 2000’s mission was to live the gospel and […]