Saturday, February 23, 2019

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

Walking on water and sinking like a stone

by Fr Ronald Rolheiser Faith isn’t something you ever simply achieve. It’s not something that you ever nail down as a fait accompli. Faith works this way: Some days you...

Our prayer must point always to God

HOLY DESPERATION: Praying as if Your Life Depends on It by Heather King. Loyola Press (Chicago, 2017). 224 pp., US $13.95. PRAYER SEEDS: A Gathering of Blessings, Reflections and...

Where are you going?

by Fr Patrick McInerney As I walked the cobblestone streets of old Jerusalem where Jesus once walked, the shopkeepers called out to me, “Where do you come from?” When I...

Our gaze upon the city

by Ronald Rolheiser, OMI Jesus, it seems, had mixed feelings towards the world. He loved the world, laid down his life for it, and challenged us to love the...

Sustaining a prayer life

by Fr Ronald Rolheiser OMI It’s hard to sustain a regular life of prayer. Why? Why is it so difficult to pray regularly? Some reasons are obvious: overbusyness, tiredness and too...

Take action for Christians in Iraq

NZ CATHOLIC Editorial Prayers are being said around the world for Christians in Iraq, who are being persecuted by ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), but there is only...

Dispelling lie on abortion decriminalisation

by Gordon Copeland The following was published in a recent Dominion Post in answer to questions to Jacinda Ardern, from journalist Hendry Cooke: Q. What is your stance on the current...

An aversion to thinking is a sin

by Cody Knox The world is changing. I feel it in my fingers. I feel it in my toes. Anti-intellectualism is sweeping through Western civilisation and there is no high ground,...

Going to heaven – by good luck or by God’s grace?

by Fr Ronald Rolheiser This is a thought inside the head of Marilynne Robinson’s fictional character, Lila, in Robinson’s recent novel. Lila has reason to think that way; that is,...

‘Sorry for being a man’

by Kieran Fouhy One of the skills of any modern leader is to develop a camera contrition posture and know how to apologise to a mass audience. Those skills are needed because,...

Let’s stop the war in New Zealand

by Fr Wayne Healy It’s a sad state of affairs to read and see nation after nation in conflict with each other, such as Syria, Ukraine, Russia, Afghanistan — and...

Family Talk: Tidy-up is best done under deadline

by DOROTHY COUP A booking clerk from the hospital rang to say there had been a cancellation and was I able to take the appointment for surgery next week? “Oh, good,” I...

The Church’s economic and social teachings

by Ronald Rolheiser Most of us have been raised to believe that we have the right to possess whatever comes to us honestly, either through our own work or through legitimate...

Kicking the elephant out of the lab

by Stacy Trasancos Some say they were pursued by the Hound of Heaven, a grace that would not take leave, not in the “nights” or “down the days,” the “arches...

Mystic or unbeliever

by Father Ron Rolheiser A generation ago, Karl Rahner made the statement that there would soon come a time when each of us will either be a mystic or a non-believer. What’s...

On how we react to criticism and opposition

by Fr Ron Rolheiser Have you ever noted how we spontaneously react to a perceived threat? Faced with a threat, our primal instincts tend to take over and we instantly freeze...

Hope — the essence of any Catholic school

by Kieran Fouhy An early mantra I learned from my first years of teaching was at the dining table and from wise teaching brothers. I would arrive at the dining room frustrated...

Finding news articles relevant to young people

For the past few weeks I have been visiting the NZ Catholic offices in Ponsonby as a hopeful future journalist, looking to learn the ropes and see firsthand the inner workings of a newsroom. I...

Atheist sees much to admire in the Christmas story

There was much for Christians and non-Christians to learn from the wisdom of an atheist, political leader Dr Russel Norman, writes Ian Harris in the Otago Daily Times. While the...

Evangelising beyond the sacristy

by Sue Jones Bishop Barron’s article “Getting out of the sacristy: A look at our pastoral priorities” (NZ Catholic, August 12) raised questions about evangelisation. How are we, as Catholics, to evangelise? What...

The reality of God

by Ronald Rolheiser God does not cease to exist just because we do not think about him. Ruth Burrows, in a recent book, points this out by presenting us with...

What we give, we shall receive

by JULIA DU FRESNE Why should we bother with contemplative prayer? Isn’t it a bit weird? It’s all very well for monks and nuns and mystics like John of the...

We have to fight for what we believe in

by STEPHEN CLARK In 1916, at the age of 17, my great-uncle Tom was killed during the battle of the Somme, along with all of his “pals” and another half...

Irritations and the spiritual life

by Ronald Rolheiser Stanley Elkin once suggested that, “It’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of needle than for an irritated person to enter the kingdom of...

Honour the One who rules over all things

by Fr Kevin Waldie, SM August 24: 21st Sunday of Year: Readings: 1. Isaiah 22:19-23; Psalm 138; 2. Romans 11:33- 36; Gospel, Matthew 16:13-20 There is in today’s readings a presence...

Disciples with many faces

by Ronald Rolheiser In a new book entitled Jesus of Nazareth, famed German Scripture scholar Gerhard Lohfink describes how people in the Gospels related to Jesus in different ways. Not everyone...

Moral intelligence

by Fr Ronald Rolheiser OMI There are different ways of being intelligent, of being awake. Not everyone is bright in the same way. Some people are gifted mathematically and philosophically. That’s...

Preserving and pillaging privacy

One of the most fraught ethical issues of our day is privacy. On a personal level we feel betrayed if a friend broadcasts secrets we have shared. But we...

A believer must tune in to the mind of God

by Fr Kevin Waldie, SM August 31: 22nd Sunday of Year: Readings: 1. Jeremiah 20:7-9; Psalm 63; 2. Romans 12:1-2; Gospel, Matthew 16:21-27. In brief, this set of readings gets us thinking...

Less talking, more loving

by JULIA DU FRESNE I’m ashamed of myself. Embarrassed. “Sucked in breadly”, the taunt my small daughter would hurl at her smaller brothers (she meant “sucked in badly”) after playing them...

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New GM for Auckland diocese

Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn announced that James van Schie is to be the new general manager of Auckland diocese. Bishop Dunn made the announcement just before Christmas.The previous general manager,...