lectio divina

In our first Advent reflections I offered an encouragement to take time during these Advent days to be still and silent perhaps a couple of times each day and to know the presence of God. I also emphasised that it doesn’t matter too much what happens during these two or three or five or minutes: […]

with crooked lines

In his video reflection on Sunday Christchurch Bishop-elect Paul Martin encouraged us to use the daily scriptures to guide us through Advent. These daily readings are available at this link. Today’s scriptures remind us that God is not just another good human person, or even one being among many similar beings, but God is God, […]


This weekend I informed parishioners that after six years as the Parish Priest of the people of the Hurunui I will early next year take up new appointments based in Christchurch city. I have no doubt that this change will be good for the parish of the Good Shepherd Hurunui who are fortunate to be […]

a daily guide

On this Second Sunday of Advent Food For Faith gives the floor to Christchurch Bishop-elect Paul Martin on this first Sunday after the announcement of his appointment. In this clip he encourages us to use the daily readings as a guide to keep us focussed on the heart of Christmas. Take a moment to watch […]

horizon shifting

Perhaps the most common daily ailment in citizens of the western world is stress. Hopefully the weekend brings us a bit of breathing space and an opportunity to step back and reflect on how we live for the rest of the week. Most mornings many of us wake with the sense that the things we […]

touching eternity

Many of you will read this on Friday morning 8 December, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. I am sitting down to write late in the evening of the 7th, the feast of Ambrose, and the 32nd anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. It’s been a full day. This morning I flew to Auckland […]

waiting for…

Today’s reflection gives new Christchurch bishop-elect Paul Martin a good mention, but the post is not about him. There’s also a mention of children counting the sleeps until Christmas, but the reflection is not about them either. You might take a moment now to watch this brief clip and be reminded of the every-moment-of-every-day-and-night presence […]

St. Nick & Santa

Make sure there are no children reading over your shoulder before I tell you that a couple of years ago I visited the grave of Santa Claus. I was in Bari in southern Italy with a family who live in that city and the part of their hometown they were most excited to show me […]


Have you ever thought of prayer as child-like playfulness.  There are some similarities and today’s gospel in which Jesus encourages us to be childlike gives us an opportunity to consider these…

come in!

There is a well-known painting by English artist Holman Hunt (d.1910) in St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. It’s Hunt’s third and final working of the them and it is widely known as “The Light of the World.” In 1906 this painting was taken on a tour of several parts of the British Commonwealth including five […]

stay awake!

Happy Advent! For those of us who follow the life of the church we can also say Happy New Year since today, the first Sunday of Advent, is the first day of the new Church year. I’m looking forward to celebrating Masses today both in the Hurunui and this afternoon at St. Mary’s pro-Cathedral in […]

a new beginning

The daily liturgy readings this past week have presented a potentially depressing theme. Today is the last day of the Church year before tomorrow’s new beginning for the First Sunday of Advent. In preparation this week’s scriptures have been focussing us on the reality that the material world which surrounds us will one day cease […]

ultimate journey

Welcome to Food For Faith for Advent. Even though we don’t begin Advent until this Sunday I’m thinking ahead, especially because I’m celebrating Mass and preaching at St. Mary’s pro-Cathedral in Christchurch this Sunday at 5.30pm. Here’s our first Advent reflection, a video clip inviting us to consider the greatest journey of all human history, […]