The Passionists News

Becoming another Christ in Holy Communion

13th June, 2017

In a nursing home the residents were gathered in the chapel for the feast we are celebrating today, that of the Body and Blood of Christ. One old woman, wheel-chair bound, was wearing two hats. A carer from the home tried to take one off, but the woman clung on tightly to her two hats. In her efforts to tidy…


In My Words

7th May, 2017

Someone once wrote: “What! Another book on prayer!” I know what they meant but my contribution is mine –and mine alone. So it is an offering of my thoughts on this important subject. What could be more important than speaking and listening to God? I have been meditating for more than eighty years. I hope these thoughts may help you…


A Pep Talk For Palm Sunday

5th April, 2017

‘Keep in mind that Jesus Christ has died for us and is risen from the dead. He is our saving Lord, he is joy for all ages’ [Lucien Deiss] We have already begun the best week in the whole liturgical year. Centuries ago it was called the ‘Great Week’. Nowadays we call it ‘Holy Week’. We walk with Jesus every…


Weeping at anothers death

28th March, 2017

Jesus weeps’ with sadness at the death of his friend, Lazarus. He does not hide his tears. But then as the Master of life and death, ‘the resurrection and the life’, he calls out: ‘Take the stone away …, Lazarus … come out …, Unbind Lazarus, and let him go free.’ Death comes in many forms other than our final…


Seeing in the dark

21st March, 2017

You and I belong to a Christian community of stories and storytellers. In the telling of the stories of Jesus especially, our own stories are told. As we identify with the people in those stories, with their distress, anger, anxiety, hopes, fears, struggles, sadness and joy, we too are led to make living contact with our Saviour. We are challenged…


Listening to Jesus

7th March, 2017

St Augustine is one of the most famous saints of the Church. Early in his life he was drawn to the person of Jesus Christ and to the Christian way of life. But for a long time both lust and pride got in the way of his taking the plunge and getting baptised. Eventually, however, both he and his fifteen…


Facing and fighting temptation

1st March, 2017

A fruiterer was watching a boy standing in front of his fruit stall and gazing at all the beautiful fruit on display. After a while he could restrain himself no longer. ‘What are you trying to do, young man,’ he asked, ‘steal my apples?’ ‘No sir,’ said the boy, ‘I’m trying not to.’ That little story says that the child…


Stop worrying, start trusting

22nd February, 2017

I can sing with John Denver, ‘Thank God I’m a country boy! My childhood was spent in the districts of Terang Victoria and Colac Victoria. In both places my father was a farmer and my mother the home-carer and heart of the home. As a farmer, Dad kept cows and pigs, and grew onions, potatoes and peas. Humanly speaking, life…


100 Random Thoughts On Gratitude

18th December, 2016

I decided to move things along and get this little booklet, 100 Random Thoughts on Gratitude, out to you in time for Christmas. Could there be a more appropriate time to reflect on gratitude – when the Word became flesh and chose to dwell amongst us? In my long life, I have so much to thank God for. I grew…


100 Random Thouhgts on Hope

9th July, 2016

In my ninety four years on this earth, if I have learnt anything, it is that Passionists are called to be beacons of hope. The suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus and the sending of the Holy Spirit re the assurances that we have reasons for hope. At the conclusion of the 15th General Synod of the Passionists, Fr Joachim…