How to Attain Happiness.

By ACTC / June 30, 2021
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*Warning, contains spoilers for the novel 1984 by George Orwell* I have recently been reading a famous novel; George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. This one is truly a classic. The worldview behind this story is both a terrifyingly potential and a not-so-subtle dig at totalitarianism and various forms of societal control. An Orwellian society is one in which fear and hatred dominate. It is a society in which many of the freedoms we still enjoy in the West are diminished or outright annihilated. In this sad story Orwell speaks of a world without a benevolent God or happiness. God has been replaced by the omnipresent Big Brother; the face of the all controlling Party, and happiness is almost non-existent because it is hardly possible. Individuals – at least, those in the Party – are reduced to instruments in a machine. Doesn’t sound pretty does it? One could write a thesis on …
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Exposed to the Light

By ACTC / June 10, 2020
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“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness; rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention the things done by them in secret; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible,  for everything that becomes visible is light.”  Ephesians 5: 8-14 (NABRE) “You were darkness once, but now you are light in the Lord; behave as children of light, for the effects of the light are seen in complete goodness and uprightness and truth. Try to discover what the Lord wants of you, take no part in the futile works of darkness but, on the contrary, show them up for what they are. The things which are done in secret are shameful even to speak of; but anything shown up by the light will be illuminated and anything illuminated …
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Jesus + Mary + Joseph = the Holy Family

By ACTC / February 6, 2020
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We might ask what the Holy Family has to do with student life and the domain of the University. Is this not the time when young adults typically step out from the shelter of family life, and encounter the ‘big wide world’ as independent and autonomous individuals – an intermediate stage when one is no-longer-a-child and not-yet-a-parent?* *Those students who are also parents will have to forgive me for this generalisation! All this is true, and yet, after decades of contact with students, Auckland Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy (ACTC) took on the motto ‘Home away from home’ because at university there is a clear need for a new form of family, based not on biology and dependence but on … well, something else. I believe we can take much inspiration from the Holy Family as we ponder what this ‘something else’ might be. Before revealing himself to the world, Jesus spent …
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