Posts Tagged ‘St Francis’

Dogs join Wellington Catherdral choir

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

As the congregation at Wellington Cathedral sang about all creatures great and small several dogs joined in with yelps and howls. The annual service at the capital’s central church in honour of the patron saint of animals welcomed a host of pets and their owners on Saturday morning. Continue reading Related Posts:What humans can learn from dogs on the feast Read more

St Francis did not say that, or Thomas Merton, or Buddha

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Recently I logged on to Facebook to find this lovely meme from Thomas Merton: “If the you of five years ago doesn’t consider the you of today a heretic, you are not growing spiritually.” It’s a great sentiment, but my malarkey radar went off at the attribution to Merton. This language of “growing spiritually” is awfully modern Read more

Francis the peacemaker

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Much attention has been given to the pope’s concern for the poor, which was reflected in his choice of Francis as his papal name. But as Pope Francis explained to journalists three days after his election, he also chose the name Francis because St. Francis of Assisi is “the man of peace. … He is the man Read more

Pope: Imitate St Francis by stripping away worldliness

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

On a pilgrimage to Assisi, Pope Francis has called on all Christians and the whole Church to imitate St Francis by embracing poverty and stripping away worldly attitudes. “A Christian cannot coexist with the spirit of the world,” he said, speaking in a room of the Assisi archbishop’s residence where St Francis shed himself of Read more

The life of Pope Francis’ namesake

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

At a time when the Catholic Church was sinking into opulence and pomposity, a powerful religious countercurrent formed in the High Middle Ages: beggar-monks like Francis of Assisi, who preached abstinence and humility. A profile of the religious leader who has become the new pope’s namesake. Editor’s note: After his election to the papacy this Read more

Grounding for Catholic Schools for St Francis Day

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Catholic schools are being invited to honour St Francis Day with liturgy and reflection remembering our connection with the Earth and all that it sustains. Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has provided online resources to help teachers and students celebrate it in early October.


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