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By: Marist Messenger  06-Dec-2011

Marist MessengerThis Month’s Cover | Archive for Marist Messenger

December 1, 2011

A way to create one

Somewhere, over the years, I lost a sense of Advent. It had become a whirlwind of end-of-year concerts and parties; a cacophony of hackneyed music; a relentless barrage of advertising. Consumerism and Busy-ness were the gods of choice. Even churches where I sought refuge were furnished with twinkling lights and Christmas trees and fully-inhabited Christmas cribs.

I knew there had…

 In the August edition of the Messenger we published an article by Bob Renshaw on the effect of the media on personal relationships. One of our readers wishes to disagree in part, and propose alternatives.

While I agree with Bob Renshaw that the normalisation of casual relationships can only cripple families and is particularly harmful to children, the solutions he…

About a year ago I was celebrating Sunday Mass for the Feast of the Assumption in St Anne’s English language parish in Copenhagen before celebrating the Baptisms of my great nephew and niece. The congregation was an interesting mix of Filipinos, local people, and younger people I presumed were tourists. One I noticed had a very tough-looking face, and a Ho Chi Minh T–shirt. I…

The Editor finds the ‘Wee North’ full of Hope

On the way back to Dublin on a bus full of sleeping students, we left Newry onto the Motorway and suddenly the bus was surrounded by the flashing lights of police cars. The bus pulled over, and the gardai were on board asking for passports. Most of the students hardly woke as they fished out their

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Marist MessengerFeature Articles | Archive for Marist Messenger

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.


Marist MessengerBook Review | Archive for Marist Messenger

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.


Marist MessengerChristianity in Action | Archive for Marist Messenger

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. Some of the biggest changes have come through disasters such as the Christchurch Earthquakes and the Pike River Mine disaster. My dictionary defines hospitality as liberal entertainment of strangers or guests. Surely people outside Christianity can be generous hosts and hostesses.


Marist MessengerChurch History | Archive for Marist Messenger

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.


Marist MessengerDeath of a Marist

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.


Marist MessengerDepthing Scripture | Archive for Marist Messenger

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.