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Mary is a true model for today’s world

Mary is a true model for today’s world

By Br John Venard FMS AT Christmas we honour Jesus as Son of God and Mary as his Mother. However we should remember that while on earth, for most of the time, they both led a normal human life and so are ideal models for us battlers in today’s world. During Advent, it would be worthwhile to reflect how Mary ... Read More »

Mary’s motherly support is vital in our Church

Mary’s motherly support is vital in our Church

Sacred Space by Br John Venard FMS IN 1946 with  the Second World War ending there was an acute shortage of teachers with soldiers returning home from the war and I missed out on teacher training. Beginning my teaching career was a challenge especially when I was given a class of 66 boys but in those days pupils were more ... Read More »

Embracing the Second Vatican Council

Embracing the Second Vatican Council

SACRED SPACE by Br John Venard FMS AS a boy I sometimes spent holidays on my grandfather’s dairy farm. After dinner a daily family Rosary was the custom and with 12 children in the family it was beefed out with conviction. Sometimes one of the girls would come home all excited about a young man she had met and my ... Read More »

Consideration of people paramount

Consideration of people paramount

Sacred Space by Br John Venard FMS MY desk calendar has a quote from Sir William Osler who revolutionised medical teaching. “It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease has a patient”. Sir William put people first; he was a people person. He was just following the ... Read More »

Gratitude a way to happiness

Gratitude a way to happiness

Sacred Space by Br John Venard FMS MY mother came from a dairy farm of 12 children where early evening meals were followed by the family Rosary. Bed by 8pm enabled the family to be up by 3am and deliver the milk in Kurri Kurri for breakfast; thus they survived. When Mum married a daily family Rosary was her norm. ... Read More »

Balancing love and law

Balancing love and law

Sacred Space by Br John Vernard FMS DURING my life there have been changes in the Church, some of them insignificant but others have made a big difference to my understanding of the life God has blessed me with. Where before I was obsessed with following the law that was promulgated by others I now study the teachings of Jesus and ... Read More »

Language abyss in the digital age

Language abyss in the digital age

We human beings naturally make judgements at a human level and forget that we were brought into existence by a supreme being’ who is not bound by human restrictions. I have lost count of the number of the blessings I have received but for which I had no say in – I believe it was God’s providence at work.  I ... Read More »

Valuing grateful congregations

Valuing grateful congregations

AS the priest came out for Mass, he looked around with a happy grin and dancing eyes. He was clearly a people person and seemed pleased to pray with people as one of them. He was an example of the Bible teaching that ‘the Sabbath was made for human beings rather than human beings made for the Sabbath.’ He told ... Read More »

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