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Bishop Charles, 2012

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Bishop Charles’ motto caritas congaudet veritati (love delights in the truth) is taken from the First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians, chapter 13. Saint Paul’s insight can be considered the kernel of Blessed Antonio Rosmini’s (founder of the Institute of Charity to which Bishop Charles belongs as an Ascribed member) entire contribution to the dialogue between faith and reason. It also stands at the heart of the ‘new evangelization’ in which all the baptized of Aotearoa-New Zealand are called to participate as we further the mission of the universal Church in our own secular society.

Bishop's Writings Christ's Kingdom has no borders

Bishop Charles' homily for the Solemnity of Christ the King

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Friday December 7th

Facebook sent me an email the other day saying people haven’t heard from you for a while. True, as far as facebook is concerned.

As some of you know, Mum died a month ago. She had been declining health wise but in the end she went rapidly and peacefully. The Requiem was beautiful, helped by a wonderful quickly-put-together choir. Mum had a great passion for music, especially choral. The only instruction she left re her funeral concerned music. As well as being a great supporter and encourager of good liturgy, she could also be a fairly vocal critic of parish music!

One of the priests said to me after the funeral; it’s probably the hardest thing you will ever do in your life. I think he’s right, even though fare-welling an elderly parent is also an inevitable task. (Burying your own child as some parents do, must be agonizing.)

I’ve officiated at many funerals but where in the Ordo there is a part in red marked N for name, nothing can prepare you to name your own mother. There is no other bond like that between mother and child, no matter the age of the child.

I thank God for Mum. She loved life and her extended family, loved her faith and loved the Church with eyes wide open.

Normally at this time of the year I take my month’s annual holiday and head to India and Laos for some voluntary work. This year I canceled (postponed) my India trip but have been able to keep the ten days in Laos. I’m in the north, relishing the peace and slow pace of life here. It’s part voluntary work part replenishment time for me; well, the two come together.

I stay in a guest house in the old city but have teamed up with a group of sleeves-rolled-up Sisters. They have a school and home community for the deaf. Once schooling is complete, finding work is a major challenge for the deaf. Some financial help from NZ is making it possible for the Sisters to equip a workshop for some of them to offer bike and motorbike repairs. They are busy painting it now. Weaving of fabric and textiles work is also flourishing, as well as a wonderfully fertile market garden from which they sell produce to a number of restaurants.

Enjoy the images which capture some of the life, including a trip to a nearby waterfall.
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