Posts Tagged ‘evil’

When saints fall

Thursday, March 5th, 2020
jean vanier

In one of my earliest memories, my father is warning me about a famous man, “Remember, he still puts his pants on one leg at a time.” I remembered this warning when I heard about the fall of another famous icon, Brother Jean Vanier, the revered founder of L’Arche, an ecumenical community where disabled and Read more

The Gospel according to Game of Thrones

Monday, May 27th, 2019

Cersei Lannister is the usurper queen of the Seven Kingdoms. She has two brothers, Jamie Lannister, called the Kingslayer, and the dwarf Tyrion Lannister. But, of course, you know all of this unless you are more removed from civilization than, say, the Starks of Winterfell or the White Walkers who roam beyond the wall. If Read more

Did God create evil

Monday, October 8th, 2018

In Kenya there is a common call and response: “God is good” the speaker calls out and almost reflexively the room answers, “All the time, for that is his nature.” But if God is good, all the time, why is there evil? This is one of the oldest and most persistent human questions for Christian Read more

An exorcist talks about Annabelle and the power of evil

Monday, August 21st, 2017

“Annabelle: Creation” opened in theatres in NZ on August 10. What children read, what they see on the screen, can inspire them toward greater faithfulness. Conversely, Father Robert warns, it can lead them into the sordid world of the occult, even opening them to demonic possession. Father Robert is not exaggerating. A priest for more Read more

On suffering, God and Stephen Fry

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

British comedian, actor and writer Stephen Fry has a great intellect – no doubt. His intelligence, wit and extraordinary life were clearly displayed during an interview broadcast recently on the ABC’s Compass program. When asked what he would say to God if he happened to get to the pearly gates, Fry, a declared atheist, didn’t Read more

Things our bishops don’t want to tell us

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

“Teach your children that it is not possible to be Christian outside the Church, and it is not possible to follow Christ outside the Church, as the Church is our mother, and lets us grow in the love of Jesus Christ” (Pope Francis, 11 January 2015). It must then follow that the Catholic Church is the true Read more

Cruelty to animals leads to greater acts of evil

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

A 12-year-old boy in Cannons Creek recently rescued a dog from being held down, kicked and hit with a cricket bat. In her weekly column, Rosemary McLeod reflects on what is likely to happen later in life to young people who are cruel to animals. McLeod contends that cruelty to animals “as a child is Read more