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Category: Rowland

Let the Holy Spirit Teach Us

Happy Pentecost! That is my wish and prayer for families as we explore how we have managed our spirituality during these months of lockdown. My hope and dream at the start of the lockdown...

To Love Is To Give Life

In response to two current social issues that need serious attention we came up with the 2020 theme for MARFAM: “Our World, A Family Of Families”. Everyone knows that family life is undergoing changes...

Treasure The Gift Of The Beloved Son

In his latest document, Pope Francis reflected on the Nativity scene. (Photo: Andreas Böhme) December is almost over and we have gone from preparation mode to the peace of Christmas. Maybe our preparation wasn’t so...

The Church and Family: Let Me Speak Boldly

Before I started writing this article I was reading the October 16 issue of The Southern Cross. A few things in particular struck me as particularly interesting. The Southern Cross enters its centenary year;...

July is for Grandparents

Working with family themes month by month has been quite useful for me to reflect more deeply on the domestic church, or the little church of the home, on how God is present in...

Every Family Matters!

It’s quite a number of years now that I have been submitting this column under the heading “Family Friendly”. Apart from the feedback I get from time to time, I do sometimes wonder whether...

Is Ubuntu is Jesus’ Worldview?

This will be the last of my columns for 2018, a journey that has attempted to “Catholicise” the concept of ubuntu. At a conference early in the year I asked sodality members if ubuntu...