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By: Marist Messenger  06-Dec-2011

Marist MessengerChristianity in Action | Archive for Marist Messenger

December 1, 2011

The run up to Christmas is a time to think about hospitality. It is said that hospitality is thespecial care of Christians. Why is this? Surely people outside Christianity can be generous hosts and hostesses?

My dictionary defines hospitality as liberal entertainment of strangers or guests. What does the word liberal mean? Is it a word to which the life of Christ gives unique…

Leprosy has long been one of the most dreaded afflictions.  For centuries, to be a leper to be an outcast, without hope.  In 1911, the Fiji Government ketch Ramadi, towing boats with a barely recognizable human cargo in various stages of decay and misery, arrived on the island which was to become their home. These sufferers were the first to be affected by the policy…

I’m sure someone has said this to you – “that was very kind of you” It’s one of those phrases that trip off the tongue when we want to say thank you. I grew up with kindness. New Zealanders are kind people. Even if it doesn’t always feel that way because none of us are perfect, we are a kind people. It’s a multi-cultural kindness

Over the past year our country has seen a number of changes. Some of the biggest changes have come through disasters such as the Christchurch Earthquakes and the Pike River Mine disaster. However there have been a number of other changes in people’s lives as they cope with such things as the on-going recession. For many people it has been a time of great stress.

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The chief priests and elders decide to put Jesus to death, but they caution one another, “Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.. Closed the eyesthat will give the blind sight,curled the handsthat will bless the poor, silent the voice that will praise the simple. Scripture writer Brother Kieran gives a scholarly reflection on what Jesus and Mary knew.


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This impressive book of 458 glossy pages and weighing over 2 Kg does worthy justice to the hundred years of history of this Catholic secondary school for boys. It is the work of former pupil and journalist David McCarthy. Published by the Centennial Organising Committee 2011. The History of St Bede’s College.


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14 June 1861, a mid winter morning, the crack of dawn: Bishop Viard was woken from his sleep by a messenger from the steamer, Lord Worsley, which overnight had put down anchor in Wellington Harbour. Archibald and Caroline Chisholm, together with their two sons, had made the long seven month journey from Madras, where Archibald was Captain in the East India Company’s army.


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In the final Act of Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar Mark Antony reflects on the life of the slain hero:“His life was gentle, and elementsSo mixed in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world‘This was a man’”This hero was not slain, but rather has exhausted. So intent was he on bringing comfort and enjoyment to those round him that one of his priest friends declared that life in Bill’s community was like being on a cruise liner.


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The chief priests and elders decide to put Jesus to death, but they caution one another, “Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.. Matthew closely follows his Markan source, but adds materials from his own traditions. Jesus enters Jerusalem and goes to the Temple on his first day there. Chapters 21-22:Jesus the King comes to Jerusalem. Jesus the Messiah suffers, dies and is raised.