Monthly Archives June 2017

Anyone who finds his life will lose it….

In the Latin Rite, the ritual for baptism has been reduced to pouring water over the forehead with the baptismal formula.  Some Rites within the Catholic Church still maintain the old ways of total immersion (i.e. the whole body being immersed into water).  The ritual of total immersion brings to the fore, the idea of the convert dying to self and born into a new life in Christ: the immersion was the dying to the old self, and the emerging from the water, a birth into a new life in Christ.  Christ’s own death, burial and resurrection is reflected in
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Do not be afraid…

  Our Lord forewarned his apostles that the message (Matthew 10:26-33) they were to preach would not be acceptable to all. It would mean persecution, and even death, for them. He gave them reassurance through the words; “Do not be afraid……”, and , “….. anyone who declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven”. He asked them to preach the Gospel in season and out of season.   In New Zealand, it is unlikely that we will face martyrdom for our faith. Nevertheless, Our Lord’s
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The Mass and Holy Communion

The Mass and Holy Communion   The Feast of Corpus Christi is the name of this Sunday’s feast celebrating the Holy Eucharist. How appropriate it is that we have children making their first Holy Communion this Sunday. The Church sees the Eucharist as something so important in the life of the Church that she refers to it as “the source and summit of the Christian life” and she goes on to say: “The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed
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God loved the World so much…..

God loved the World so much…..   Three weeks ago, on the 6th Sunday of Easter, I preached on the Holy Trinity. I did so because the Gospel passage for that Sunday spoke of the Trinity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. St Paul said in the Second Reading (2 Cor 13:11-13) tells us that the Trinity is the foundation of our community life as a Church. I think the Catechism of the Catholic Church is invaluable in coming to understand more about the Trinity and God’s revelation of Himself as the One God in
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Receive the Holy Spirit….

  This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, and it brings the fifty days of Easter to a conclusion. The English word “Pentecost” is a transliteration of the Greek word pentekostos, (πεντηκοστή, ῆς, ἡ) which means “fifty.” Fifty days after the Resurrection of Jesus, there was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. However, if we remember, the Easter season also started with the outpouring of the Spirit, but in a different way. On the first Easter Sunday evening, Jesus appeared to his disciples and breathed on them, saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” St. Augustine of Hippo (4th century) explained
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