Posts Tagged ‘Faith’

Faith influences views on some, not all, social issues

Thursday, March 7th, 2024
social issues

A survey of attitudes among young people has been conducted in eight countries about religious beliefs, prayer and social issues. It found that while about 25 percent identified as being atheist or agnostic, believers and non-believers were very likely to both agree about the severity of environmental problems and the danger of political corruption in Read more

Jordan Peterson wrestles with God

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024
Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson, the controversial Canadian psychologist, bestselling author and champion of manhood, strode back and forth across the stage at the historic Providence Performing Arts Center in early February. He matched the theatre’s ornate decoration with one of his characteristically flamboyant suits — a colour-blocked navy, white and orange number with yellow lining. As he Read more

Faith today in the ‘afternoon of Christianity’

Monday, February 12th, 2024

Faith today in the afternoon of Christianity presents real opportunities, says under-ground priest Tomáš Halík. Halík, also an acclaimed author, lecturer, psychotherapist, psychologist of religion and pastoral theologian at Charles University in Prague, joined in conversation at  Victoria University Wellington’s Law faculty. Halík focussed on a number of issues facing the Church that he said Read more

A personal affirmation of faith

Thursday, February 8th, 2024

On Christmas day, as most New Zealand families awoke to celebrate family and presents, as always many hundreds of families packed out our Catholic Churches across the New Zealand. In contrast to these joyous large Catholic gatherings of families at Christmas, a recent Post Opinion piece followed many other articles highlighting the well-publicised allegations of Read more

Hitting rock bottom

Thursday, December 7th, 2023

Sometimes the darkness of the world, not to mention of our personal lives, can overwhelm us. When we hear of children killed unrepentantly, for example, human rights routinely denied, the cooking of the world locked in, and nations entrusting power to wilful children. How do you deal with such a dark vision? After the ABC’s Read more

The enduring faith of a Bangladeshi Catholic farmer

Monday, November 13th, 2023

Khokon Rozario never misses the evening rosary with his wife and daughter, no matter how tired he might be after a long day working. “We thank God at the end of the day for all the blessings we receive,” the 52-year-old Catholic says with a smile. Rozario, a father of two, makes a living by Read more

“God is not in the minority!”

Monday, October 9th, 2023

God is not in the minority… This is an assertion I can make only through faith and Scripture. I believe that God’s presence is expressed in every heart and in every reality, beyond the signs and words (religious or otherwise) that express this presence. “The wind blows where it pleases; you can hear its sound, Read more

How not to focus on the negative, even when life is discouraging

Thursday, September 21st, 2023

In my ministry with LGBTQ people, I sometimes meet people who feel profoundly, even paralysingly, discouraged by the lack of forward movement in the Church. Even when something positive happens in the Church, they will say, “Not enough!” or “Too little, too late.” In his opening address to the Second Vatican Council, Pope St. John Read more

Why do I still go to church? It’s a good question

Thursday, September 21st, 2023

Every fall, our family returns to church. We don’t intentionally walk away during the summer months, but between vacations and camp drop-offs and lazy mornings and opportunities to see family and friends, we tend to tie our church attendance to the school calendar. Come September, we have to remind ourselves why it’s worth it to Read more

Teen goes global with rosary business

Monday, September 11th, 2023
faith and mission

Faith and mission are behind 15-year old William Henry’s international business selling rosaries. “My mission is to spread the power of the rosary and our faith to the world through my business,” Henry says. It all started a few years ago when a friend made Henry an Irish penal rosary made up of just one-decade, Read more