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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.

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Wednesday October 17th

Family reunions have not been our thing. But recently we had a version of that to honour our grandfather (Mum’s father) who fought in various battles along the Western Front of the First World War. He served in Ypres, the Somme (over a million killed or wounded), the Scarpe valleys, Le Transloy, and finally at La Bassée where he had both legs blown off by a howitzer shell, and survived.

Service sounds an odd word to use in regard to the folly of war. Yet that is what it was. My great grandfather had disappeared – walked out of the family home in Kinsale County Cork and was never cited again – so life had not been easy for my great grandmother and her children. Yet when it was time for her son, my grandfather, to leave home she wrote: “though this is the last thing I would choose for you, you must go and do what is necessary”. A few years later having been severely injured my grandfather wrote to his then fiancée, my grandmother, informing her that he was returning to England. The last words of his letter were: “I gave it my utmost”.

Gathered in what is now beautiful fertile farmlands of France and Belgium, we the next generations visited the trench lines and memorials, silently pondering the ‘epithets’ of our great grandmother / great great grandmother and grandfather/great grandfather: “go, and do what is necessary” and “I gave it my utmost”.

What might that mean for today? My siblings and first cousins do our own bit in various ways. But I drew particular hope from the way two young cousins are living those epithets today. One lives in Kenya and is married to a black Kenyan. In his early 20s he, Edmund, founded the Xavier Project (www.xavierproject.com) which has grown into a substantial provider of schooling and tertiary education for refugees along the Kenyan Uganda and Congo borders. And another, Paddy, works in Refugee Law, has learned Arabic fluently, and currently lives in Lebanon readying himself to be a builder of peace in Syria once the monstrous Assad and Putin and co have completed their war of power and annihilation.

War has never been a solution to anything. But its memory can be a catalyst to the lasting glory of peace. At our family Mass (another first) at the conclusion of our time together I think we all left, in differing ways, renewed in resolve to live the fundamental Christian truth that life conquers death, and that love triumphs over evil.
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