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Papa Can You Hear Me?

With an ageing father who’s hard of hearing and has been suffering short term memory loss of late, our phone conversations are suffused with repetitions, reminders, and raised volume of my voice as we progress. I recall once, years ago, he asked me why I was shouting at him. I told him that I wasn’t …

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The Wonder Woman

All throughout our salvation history, women have played vital roles; from the prophetesses Miriam and Deborah’s protagonism, to Judith and Esther’s victory for the Israelites, to Abigail’s intervention. All decisive actions of women to save God’s chosen people. It is, however, in the New Testament that the story of the greatest woman who ever lived …

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All You Need is Love

Back in 1967, The Beatles were supposedly asked to come up with a song with a message easily understood by everyone.  According to Brian Epstein, the band’s manager then, “It was an inspired song and they really wanted to give the world a message. The nice thing about it is that it cannot be misinterpreted. …

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Of Childhood Heroes, the Holy Child, and Childlike Faith

“Look, up in the sky – It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!” Save for not having a good fashion sense,  Superman is the greatest comic book superhero of all time and has always been my favourite even as a child.  He’s selfless, just, compassionate, righteous, and a natural leader. Practically invulnerable, too. Watching …

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Celebrating Marriage as It is Rightly Defined

Fifteen years ago, my husband and I exchanged “I do’s” and  promised forever. That was on the 15th of August 1998. We are among those blessed to get married on the Feast of Our Lady of Assumption. We didn’t actually plan to, but Our Lady must surely have had a hand on the date.  We …

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Battling for Life Behind Abortion Clinic’s Closed Doors

The following, written by Christina Martin was posted on Live Action News.  It is an incredible story of the power of prayer, of using our own stories to reach abortion vulnerable women and of courage.  Christina’s mother walked away from abortion, even after paying the doctor for it.  Her mother’s confession when Christina was a …

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Courageous mum offered apology from hospital

The courageous mum, Toni, who refused an abortion after medical “experts” told her that her unborn baby would not survive, has been given an apology by Waikato Hospital. Representatives from Waikato Hospital, who initially saw Toni, visited her at home and apologised that the service she received was “not up to scratch”.  They are still working through …

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My Daughter’s Poem

This year, I celebrated Mothers Day three times. The first, on the actual day, 12 May, with breakfast prepared by my husband, Mass at our parish, lunch out and a movie with my family (We watched The Croods on 3D — a wholesome movie about family and changes — a rare treat as it has been …

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To Be Like You

To follow without question, I’ve always had a problem with that. I answer a query with another; all the why’s, hows, and whats. To live simply and not want more. I continuously struggle with. I keep dreaming, wishing, acquiring things; never seem to have enough. To be the wind so someone greater can fly, I’m …

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MP Maurice Williamson Dances to Nihilist Beat

From the cheering headlines to the clamour on the social media, one could easily have suspected that a new Martin Luther King had arrived,and that the “I have a Dream” oration had been eclipsed. Maurice Williamson’s speech to the New Zealand Parliament during the third reading of the bill to redefine marriage prompted a cacophony …

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