Posts Tagged ‘Bishop Peter Cullinane’

Language, love, laïcité and violence

Monday, November 9th, 2020
Language, love, laïcité and violence

I write in support of Imam Gamal Foude’s comments on the need for love and respect in combatting violence. With all due respect to French leaders, I think they could start by reviewing the implications of laïcité. At this time, they have much to say about “Islamic terrorism”.  Worse, some of the language they are Read more

Bishop Peter Cullinane’s anniversary celebration was a party too

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Bishop Peter Cullinane recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of his episcopal ordination. “How did I celebrate under lockdown?  – Jesus and I did it quietly together; we are hoping to celebrate with others later. He is in my bubble,” he told NZ Catholic. The anniversary on April 23 occurred when New Zeland was under Level Read more

The spiritual dimension of suicide prevention

Thursday, November 28th, 2019
Language, love, laïcité and violence

A 2017 Unicef Report showed New Zealand has the highest rate of adolescent suicide of any country. What a record to have! If we are living in the real world, we are going to want to know why. Much commentary on suicide rates and suicide prevention recites statistics and demographics, trying to identify the risk Read more

Becoming through dying

Thursday, September 26th, 2019
Language, love, laïcité and violence

Perhaps someone very dear to you has already died, and you know the pain of losing them. Our Christian faith teaches that through our dying, “life is changed, not ended”. Not only that: it teaches that “… all the good fruits of human nature, and all the good fruits of human enterprise, we shall find Read more

Becoming through participating

Thursday, September 19th, 2019
Language, love, laïcité and violence

On this journey of becoming we have not been left to ourselves. We belong to a community of saints and sinners who share the journey and support one another. Our relationship with Christ is personal, but not private. It is in and through and with the community of his disciples. What Jesus did for us Read more

Becoming through companionship with Jesus of Nazareth

Thursday, September 12th, 2019
Language, love, laïcité and violence

In his own time people loved being in Jesus’ company, and sometimes spent days on end with him, even going hungry. How they felt about him gives us a window on the kind of Person he was – and a window on how we would have felt if we had been there! That’s why we Read more

Becoming through seeing

Thursday, September 5th, 2019
Language, love, laïcité and violence

There are going to be some very special moments in your life. They will be the kind of experiences that point beyond themselves to something more. For example, something wonderful in nature that leaves you feeling you are part of something much bigger than your own life-time. Or, the sudden feeling that even the good Read more

Becoming through growing in wisdom

Thursday, August 29th, 2019
Language, love, laïcité and violence

One of the big challenges of our time is to not let ourselves by drowned in bits and pieces of information. Information is very important. But on its own information is not wisdom. It isn’t even knowledge until it is properly sifted and researched. Wisdom is the ability to discern and judge how knowledge applies Read more

Becoming one’s true self through Manaakitanga

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
Language, love, laïcité and violence

Many young people generously offer themselves for volunteer service and are actively involved in movements for social justice and care of the planet. This involves both personal sacrifice and personal satisfaction. There is a direct link between what we personally become and what we do to help others become. Our own existence is a gift Read more

Becoming through the formation of character

Thursday, August 15th, 2019
Language, love, laïcité and violence

“Character” is mainly about moral strength, or strength of will. It is more than just personality and social skills. Our becoming is a life-long partnership with God. God didn’t just bring the world into existence and then leave it to itself. Every moment of its existence depends on God just as much as its first Read more