Category: Wel-com

Food gift or commodity?

From time immemorial food has been invested with cultural values that acknowledge it as a gift. However, the globalisation of food production and distribution disrupts these mores and values not by the free choice of affected populations but as an imposition of global players. This was the problem examined by three authoritative speakers at a recent seminar arranged by the Tamihana Foundation.

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Easter’s resurrection always and everywhere


My crash to the floor brought Patricia and Barbara, two community members hurrying to the kitchen (even neighbours heard the noise). The 111 call centre operator gave CPR [cardiac pulmonary resuscitation] instructions after listening through the phone to my struggle to breathe. Two ambulances and a fire engine arrived within a minute of being dispatched. Suddenly there were six men and their emergency equipment in our kitchen. Although they applied the ‘paddles’ restarting my heart, the paramedics said it didn’t look good.

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You can blame it on Adam and even on Eve

There are not too many of us who think humans are made from clay or from a rib, and there are sound, but not proved reasons, to question whether there was only a pair of human beings or many at the origins of humanity, beginnings marked by the primitive, rather than as beings gifted with wisdom and perfection.

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Reflections on a young people’s pilgrimage


This is the first in a series of articles by Wellington Catholics about where and how they find themselves in the presence of God. Kitty McKinley’s participation in an eight-day pilgrimage of 15 Challenge 2000 young people to some sacred spots in the Wellington-Manawatu region inspired her to record her reflections.

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Cultural changes in bedside behaviour

One of the corporal works of mercy, as anyone who remembers their penny catechism will know, is visiting the sick. It’s one of our basic responsibilities as followers of Christ. How we live out this important part of our common Christian vocation will vary considerably depending on the culture to which we belong. Is individual illness a private or public matter?

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