Posts Tagged ‘Blessings’

Blessings without words

Thursday, May 13th, 2021
love and fear

A friend sent me some photos of a spectacular sunrise over Wellington. The crimson glow on the sky and harbour progressed to orange and deep purple before it faded to a promise of rain. That sunrise was my prayer for the morning. It perfectly described the fire of Pentecost that, paradoxically, sets us alight and Read more

Blessings of Covid 19

Monday, November 16th, 2020

In the spiritual realm, crucifixions and resurrections are not separate, and, as  Jesus demonstrated, what is resurrected is always greater than what has died. We have all experienced this way of growth in some form or other. We need to be emptied in order to be filled. Ignatian teacher Margaret Silf writes in her book Read more

Modern twist to traditional site blessing for Christ Church

Monday, May 18th, 2020

It was a poignant moment for the Christ Church Cathedral Reinstatement Project to be able to bless workers and the Cathedral site ahead of its first physical work. Due to COVID-19, the country is still under physical distancing restrictions, so only a few people were permitted on the site. In a first for the project Read more

Bishop takes to a helicopter to bless his people

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria took to the skies via a helicopter on Good Friday, April 10, to offer a blessing to the entire Diocese of Peoria as well as to pray for all affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Read more Related Posts:Church in Wales votes to bless same-sex marriagesCairns bishop condemns ‘ignorant, divisive’ parishioners…Taiwanese Read more

America’s Cup: Catholic Church blesses Luna Rossa?

Monday, October 7th, 2019

Italian Challenger of Record Luna Rossa has launched its first AC75 in Cagliari, Sardinia. Last Thursday, TVNZ reported that the boat was blessed by the Catholic Church (sic), before being christened by Miuccia Prada, head designer of the fashion label and the wife of the team’s boss. Should New Zealanders get the impression that all 1.3 Read more

German bishop proposes blessings for same-sex couples

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

A German bishop going to the synod on the family has proposed that the Catholic Church might offer ‘private blessings’ to same sex couples. Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabruck said it was possible to see strengths as well as weaknesses in both gay relationships and in those of cohabiting heterosexuals. He said that the Catholic Read more