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Faith, trust & the Canaanite woman

Faith, trust & the Canaanite woman

Prayer Reflection for the 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A Isaiah 56:1,6-7 Psalm 67 - O God, let all the nations praise you. Romans 11:13-15, 29-33 Matthew 15:21-28 Get full readings here After reading the Gospel, is there anything in particular that stands out...

Hope is a Journey

Hope is a Journey

In December 2016, Pope Francis delivered the third part of his series of teachings on the theme of Christian Hope. During this General Audience he gave us a good foundation upon which to explore more deeply what we understand Christian hope to be saying the following,...

Venturing onto the Water

Venturing onto the Water

Gospel Reflection From the 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he would send the crowds away. After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to...

Hope – The Air That We Breathe

Hope – The Air That We Breathe

Looking back to the start of the year, life probably seemed a lot simpler. Although each year typically has a few defining events, 2020 has already contained so many world-changing and paradigm shifting moments that it all seems hard to believe and, at times, maybe...

I te Tūmanako o te Kotahitanga  | United in Hope

I te Tūmanako o te Kotahitanga | United in Hope

Tūmanako is a pastoral initiative of the Diocese of Palmerston North. This initiative celebrates our unity as the people of God in this time and place. And we celebrate this unity in the context of hope; hope in Christ, hope in faith, in love and in the gifts we are...

Miracles & Mission

Miracles & Mission

Gospel Reflection From the 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A Matthew 14:13-21 When Jesus received the news of John the Baptist’s death he withdrew by boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But the people heard of this and, leaving the towns, went...

WHAT DOES ‘HOPE’ REALLY MEAN?

WHAT DOES ‘HOPE’ REALLY MEAN?

BISHOP PETER CULLINANE Address given in Johnsonville in 2018   Our reflections at this time are on HOPE. What does hope mean in situations that sometimes seem hopeless?  To address this question, it helps to have some sense of what hopelessness feels like. We...

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