Author: Gunther Simmermacher

Finding Jesus at the Waters

In biblical times, as today, water was vital: to be hydrated, to stay clean, to produce crops, to raise livestock. Water was life. So it is no accident that so many crucial events in the Gospel take place around water: the Sea of Galilee, the River  Jordan, and the various wells and healing pools.

Footballers of Faith!

During this year’s World Cup, we will see many footballers cross themselves as they take to the field or after scoring goals, or exhibit their Christian faith in other ways.

Mary in the Holy Land: Final Stations

In the final of his three articles on sites of the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Holy Land, Günther Simmermacher visits the places in Jerusalem where the Church was ‘born’, where Mary fell into eternal sleep, and from where she was assumed into heaven.

An Ordinary Life In An Extraordinary Time

A DARKER SHADE OF PALE, by Beryl Crosher-Segers. Torchflame Books, Durham NC, 2018. 243pp Reviewed by Günther Simmermacher The rich body of literature on the subject of apartheid has rather neglected the experience of...

Was Jesus Black?

Was Jesus black? What did Jesus even look like? And does it matter? These questions, and others, came up repeatedly in conversation and on social media over the Advent and Christmas seasons.

This Was 2017 – The Highlights and Lowlights of the Year

It was the Catholic year that was dominated by the centenary of the apparitions at Fatima. In Southern Africa the Church began its year-long jubilee for the 200th anniversary of its establishment here, marked the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, and challenged government and business on several issues.  GÜNTHER SIMMERMACHER looks back at 2017.