The Gift of Tears

By NZ Catholic contributor | February 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

By JOHN EVANGELISTA  The time many associated with gift-giving has been and gone already. Where does time go? But because the Christmas season is over, it is not a time to stop giving gifts. Here’s a suggestion: What about trying to offer the “gift of tears” throughout 2022?  Pope Francis, … Read More about The Gift of Tears

The pandemic as seen by the future generation

By Helen Luxford | January 4, 2022 | 0 Comments

Lockdown has had a profound effect on so many of us. While it’s easy for us as adults to understand the impact this has had on our lives, it’s really important to remember what this is doing to the future generations.   This has been an event without precedence; previously … Read More about The pandemic as seen by the future generation

More parishes than priests

By Sue Seconi | December 27, 2021 | 3 Comments

The situation of more parishes than priests speeds towards us.   The shift from the current parish priest model of sole decision-maker to joint leadership with laity will require simultaneously that we “unlearn” that Baptism is the “done” sacrament when we were babies, and that it’s not clergy first and laity second.   “The baptismal life is the fundamental human vocation, and all must exercise the priesthood received … Read More about More parishes than priests

A cause for celebration

By Rowena Orejana | December 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

In the early fourth century, a senior priest in the great university city of Alexandria in Egypt began to preach a message that almost tore the Church apart. Arius was perplexed by the mystery of Christmas, and could only make sense of what happened at Bethlehem by claiming that Jesus … Read More about A cause for celebration

Reflecting on cribs at Christmas

By Michael Otto | December 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

In the past few months, with “bubbles” limiting social interaction in some places, and restrictions on gatherings, for many Christians, their faith has had to be lived mainly in their homes – to a greater extent than it usually is. At this time of year, one of the traditions in many such homes is … Read More about Reflecting on cribs at Christmas

The Wine of Hope

By NZ Catholic contributor | December 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

by JOHN EVANGELISTA  November 7, 2021 passed by like any other day in Aotearoa New Zealand. One of the highlights of the day was probably the magnitude 5.5 earthquake which shook central New Zealand at 4:16pm. But again, isn’t this something normal and ordinary in our part of the world?  What many people have missed was … Read More about The Wine of Hope