Friday, July 19, 2019

New Zealand Catholic Opinion

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Memories of Notre Dame

In the wake of the fire which seriously damaged Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris last month, NZ Catholic asked its publisher, Bishop Patrick Dunn, to share some...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The colourful people in my community

by Mike Baird There’s a community of people I’ve come to know since my work shifted into the CBD.  I meet them on my way to and from the coffee shop. They’re walking...

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...

Bethlehem’s light has never been extinguished

One of the visual attractions of this time of year is the growing practice of decorating houses with Christmas lights. A prominent example is Franklin Road in Ponsonby in Auckland,...

Family life, Oranga Whanau and the synod in Rome

by Bishop Charles Drennan One thing we all have in common is family life. Love it or struggle with it, one’s family to a very significant degree shapes who we are....

Being good and great after the hate

In the wake of the terror shootings in Christchurch, with the dead still awaiting burials as this editorial is being written, it is difficult to find words to do justice to the...

The unhappy cost of resentment

by Ron Rolheiser It’s not only love that makes the world go round. Resentment too is prominent in stirring the drink. In so many ways our world is drowning in resentment....