Sunday, November 18th 2018

PRAYING, PRAYERS AND PRAYER If there is one thing I envy children of the present day, it is that in our schools they are taught to pray, whereas we, of older generations, were taught prayers We knew them well, and we knew a whole lot of them, but we weren’t led into the personal converse with God that is the essence of prayer. Our prayer and how we pray is, primarily, individual to each of us. While the prayers we learnt by rote as children especially the Lord’s Prayer can be used as structures for prayer, coming to God in
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Sunday, 11th November 2018

THE DANGER OF DIVISION Years ago, a wise, elderly priest said to me, “Always remember that division is the devil’s first line of attack”. He explained that when you are responsible for a community or organisation doing good, you need to be alert for any sign of division or upset. Otherwise things will start to fall apart. The good work comes to a halt, and the community itself could collapse. Lately, I’ve been reminded of his wise advice. Look at the political situations in the USA, Brazil, Venezuela, England and close at hand, Australia. We can recognise it, too, in
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Sunday, 4th November 2018

A SYNOD WITH A DIFFERENCE In Rome, last Sunday, the Synod on Youth came to a close. It had been “in session” for almost four weeks. It will be some months before we see the outcome of this gathering, when Pope Francis, having considered the agreed recommendations, publishes his “Alocutio”. One of the bishops, the English Cardinal Nichols, has said, “This is a humbler synod than any other I have attended, a pondering on failure, weakness and repentance”. With the recent reports and renewed revelations of widespread sexual abuse and neglect over many years, the bishops attending were very aware
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Sunday, October 28th 2018

FAITH AND CHRISTIAN VALUES Through the prophets of the Old Testament, God promised a leader, a Liberator, a Saviour – a Messiah. The people looked forward in hope to the one who was to come. We the new people of God, confess our belief that He has come. We believe in Jesus Christ who lived, suffered, died and rose. He did indeed go about doing good. He showed his love and compassion especially for the poor and the afflicted. When in their need, they called out in faith to Him, he answered their appeal – as He did for Bartimaeus.
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21st October 2018 – Mission Sunday

MISSION SUNDAY The church to which we belong is essentially missionary. Of its very nature the church is dynamic, expansive, explosive earning the title “Catholic” not because it’s already spread but because it is forever spreading. Somebody very wisely said that we should never say – “the church as a mission” – as if the existence of the church comes first. It is only because of the mission that there is a church at all. And when I talk about the church I’m not just talking about the clerical church, or even those already on the missions. I’m talking about
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Sunday, 14th October 2018

The young man in today’s Gospel is seeking Jesus. He loves his riches more than Jesus, and so he went away sad. Because of this attachment to his wealth, he went away….on another road……sad. We must help this young man/young woman to come back to Christ. They are very much alive and around today. What was this young man lacking? The writer of our First Reading would call it wisdom – seeing everything from God’s panoramic point of view – the bigger picture. “Compared to wisdom, I held riches as nothing – all gold is a pinch of sand.” The
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Sunday, 7th October 2018

“FROM THE BEGINNING OF CREATION GOD MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. WHAT GOD HAS JOINED TOGETHER MAN MUST NOT DIVIDE”. I’m looking forward very much to a young couple marrying with a Nuptial Mass at Sacred Heart church Petone in a couple of weeks’ time. They have attended and committed themselves to Marriage Preparation course so well for this life-long commitment. What a joy and blessing for themselves, family members, friends and myself! As our society is very much experiencing the weakening of the institution of marriage, Jesus gives us the challenge of God’s plan – an intimate partnership of
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Sunday, 30th September 2018

Seeing God in Others The Gospel for today gives us the impression that the disciples were envious. When they saw someone using Jesus’ name to expel demons, they tried to stop him because he wasn’t a disciple. In other words, they would like to keep their monopoly of association with Jesus. They focused on the difference between that person and themselves. Because they were disciples, only they had the right to preach. He wasn’t a disciple, therefore, he had no right to use the name of Jesus when he tried to heal people. Jesus, however told the disciples, “…do not
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Sunday, 23 September 2018

TRUE GREATNESS In the financial world, we’ve been watching giant corporations merge and swallow each other up for some years now. Each one of them wants to be the greatest, to rise to the top, to pulverize the competition, to earn more money than any other company in their field. They want to be the greatest. Greatness. It’s highly prized. And our notions of greatness all have to do with the strong. In our gospel, we hear Jesus make his unusual claim to greatness: The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him,
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Sunday, 16th September 2018

The Snapshot of Life!!! It is amazing to think how cameras have evolved just in my lifetime. I remember so clearly my first little camera. The film was complicated, so someone else had to load for me, and I could only take photos outside because it had no flash. But after all I was content with the little crinklyedged black and white photos my camera produced. I’m grateful for the snapshots of my growing up that those cameras provided, little pictures of life in the 1980’s. We all have those snapshots, I imagine. The family is gathered for baptism: click.
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