"Pour out upon us the power of your love.." LS 246
"For all things speak of you..." Laudato Si 246
“The world is a joyful mystery." Laudato Si 12
“We journey through this land seeking God" LS 244
Photo of the ADW Thinking Stone - carved in Oamaru stone by Master Carver, Lou Kereopa, it is rich in Christian Māori symbolism

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image of the Cardinals Crest Cardinal’s reflections

We know from the gospels that Jesus was not gentle with those who go in search of greetings in the square, those who look for praise and adulation, those who want people to treat them with special respect, people who think they are more important than others. An angel appeared to Mary his mother and gave her astounding news, but she did not exalt herself, she is troubled and amazed. She does not expect privileges or entitlements for herself because in her humility, free from herself, she knows she receives everything from God. She lives her holiness in a small house in a village, not in the public eye or on the world stage.Today is the patronal feast day of the Archdiocese of Wellington, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. We ask Mary for a special grace, that she free us from the misleading idea that the gospel is one thing and life another. We ask that she enkindle in us the ideal of holiness which is about living humbly and joyfully whatever happens each day, , with our eyes fixed on God and the neighbour we meet, bringing grace and comfort to those we encounter.To be freed from ourselves, from the desire for status or acknowledgement greatly reduces the stress in our lives. ... See MoreSee Less
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