Faith is Contagious – Sunday 20th August 2017

A high-ranking local communist official stormed into the childcare centre run by the nuns. Waving his handgun around, he shouted at the nuns, “Why are you daring to teach my child to make the sign of the cross?” All the nuns were puzzled because they had not. Under communist regime, teaching religion is forbidden. What actually happened was that during lunch time, when the nuns sat together eating their lunch, they had first made the sign of the cross. This gesture of course was not in front of the children. However one child did see the gesture. He thought it
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Jesus The Healthy Food

In New Zealand and developed countries, we tend to take for granted the food that goes into our mouth, we presume it is safe. It is not so in many parts of the world, especially where people are poor because they cannot afford good quality food. When we travel to less developed parts of the world, food and drink safety is always a major concern in our mind. Because of greed and quick profits food safety is compromised. Many people die or suffer illnesses including cancer as a result. Not only physical food can poison us, but also there are
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Transfiguration in the Ordinariness

A tiny boat overloaded with people, running out of water and food, we saw nothing but water and sky. We felt so tiny, so powerless like a drop of water in the ocean, yet so desperate for life that was fast slipping away. We all were going to perish into the ocean. Suddenly, we spotted a flying seagull from a distance. A flying bird! The sign of a shore or an island somewhere, the hope of being saved and alive encouraged our spirit. Out of a situation of hope against hope, nothing was more important to us then, just simply,
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The Parables are packed with purpose – Sunday 30th July 2017

Some people would say we are developing a “Me” generation. Others would say we have a growing problem, encouraged by quite a lot of advertising, of a growing sense of entitlement that looks for instant gratification of one’s felt – needs and wanting it “now”. Certainly, we all come across people – it’s always “other people”-whose individualist requirements disregard the needs of others, the importance of community and a realisation that not one of us is “an island” or self-sufficient. We are inter-dependent and only develop as persons to the extent we inter-relate with others. This is a general situation
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The Tenacious Love God has for each of us.

During this last week the First Readings at Mass have been from the early chapters of the Book of Exodus. As well as reminding us of the beginnings of our history, as a people of faith, these Readings have put before us two wondrous aspects of God’s love of His children. Exodus tells us of the sudden reversal in the life — situation of the Hebrews in Egypt. After several hundred years accepted as a part of the community, they were swiftly regarded as enemies, brutally enslaved, and having all their male children killed by force of law. We are
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Water, Water everywhere, but only drops to drink.

Just over two years ago Pope Francis issued his Letter Laudato Si making a world-wide appeal for everyone to work together to save “our common home” — the planet we share and live on. Most of us have been in study groups and discussed the responses we need to make to this appeal and world leaders came to some agreement and signed an Accord on Climate Change in Paris in late 2015. But we have to admit that world-wide, and here in New Zealand, there appears to have been little progress. While for decades scientists have warned of the
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The Scandal of the Human Church

Most of us were shocked and saddened when the news media made us aware Cardinal Pell is to be tried in an Australian Court of justice, charged with the historic sexual abuse of children. Such a turn of events could seem impossible, that a man chosen to be a Catholic priest and bishop, could even be considered to possibly be guilty of such heinous behaviour. The mere charge seems to make us feel both betrayed and unclean. Cardinal Pell is defending the charge and has insisted his innocence. Many have considered him an ambitious careerist in the Church. Over the
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THE AMERICA’S CUP – A New Zealand Victory

For the third time our nation has won this coveted sporting trophy. All New Zealand can take pride in this success. Peter Burling, his young Team New Zealand, its supporting organisation, and the New Zealand boat-building industry deserve the plaudits being showered.   Financially, the endeavour has been backed by big business — Emirates, Omega, Steinlager, to name just three — and the Government has contributed a large sum of money, reasoning that this success brings a large amount of business to New Zealand industry.   On Tuesday morning, the National Radio News began with the announcement of this success.
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Jesus tell us, “Do not be afraid”. Matthew 10:26-28

I was recently reading about the “Mugwump”. There is, in Australia, a bird by the above name, well known for its ability to literally sit on the fence, his beak on one side of the fence, his tail on the other. For the Aussie, mugwump has another meaning. A mugwump is somebody who likes to be on each side of the fence, to have it both ways. At its root, is fear. Fear has many shapes and faces as there are people. It can dominate our lives. There is the fear of loneliness, failure, rejection and death. We fear the
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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – Sunday, 18 June 2017

THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST Today’s feast is a continual reminder that we are secure in the eternal and loving mercy of God. Under the form of bread and wine, Christ and His sacrifice for us are ever present. The sacrifice that Moses offered, confirmed the peoples obedience to God. The Eucharist confirms our meagre efforts to follow Christ. It unifies us with Him in such a way that all the activities of life, all our joys and sorrows, all our daily offerings take on a new and eternal significance. We need the sacrament of the Eucharist.
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