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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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Reflecting on my Time at Chaplaincy – Molly Florence

By ACTC / September 12, 2019
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When I began working at chaplaincy last year we were based at Newman Hall on Waterloo Quadrant. I initially came only to help out for a few weeks but loved it so much I applied for a full time job, and ended up working here for 18 months. I’m not sure exactly what I expected working as a chaplain would be like, but I can definitely say working here has not only been a lot of fun, but a good chance to further my own faith formation, ask questions, and learn from all the people who end up in here, staff and students. Not long after I began working here we started playing frisbee on Tuesday nights at Albert Park, with students from the university as well as seminarians and others from around Auckland. Despite two people ending up with concussions during our frisbee days it would have to be …
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Christ the light

By ACTC / August 1, 2019
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There are so many different images used in scripture to describe Christ, “Christ the good shepherd”, “Christ the gate”, “Christ the head of the Church”, and each one represents Christ in a different way. The one I’ve been reflecting on a lot lately is Christ the light; “Again Jesus spoke to them saying ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life’”, John 8:12 Lately I have realised the importance of allowing this light to penetrate every part of our lives, that in order for us to become saints and grow in holiness it requires us to live in this light always. This means being able to bring to Christ even the things we are most ashamed of, and we can do this with confidence knowing that he will continue to love us, and that we can …
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My Chaplaincy Journey – Shana Llorando

By ACTC / July 24, 2019
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My Chaplaincy Journey I came into contact with the Chaplaincy as a first year student at university. Back then, I was fresh faced out of Catholic college and recently stepped down from my role as a youth group leader to focus on my studies. I thought I needed to be without ‘faith’ stuff to tackle the ‘real’ stuff. But I soon realised that I needed a community of faith more than I thought, and God more than that. Luckily (or providentially), I visited Newman Hall pretty much from the beginning of my university career; it was a convenient midway stop between music classes and business classes and became the place where I would heat up my food, leave my gear and have frank conversations about life with chaplains and students alike. University was a time of change for me, and a time of questions and meeting people of different opinions, …
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