a request…

Happy Easter on this second day of the Octave of Easter. At one of our Lenten evening sessions I asked the question, “how many Easter Sundays are there in ten years”? Naturally most people responded “ten”. But there are really eighty! This is because every day of the Easter Octave (from Easter Sunday to the following […]

Easter morning

Happy Easter. It is late Saturday evening as I write. I am just back from the Easter Vigil at Hanmer Springs, a wonderful celebration of faith and new hope. Happy Easter especially to the great community of friends who have followed this daily Food For Faith Lenten journey from dozens of countries around the world. It […]

where do you live?

Most of us if asked “where do you live” would probably respond with a street address. But imagine that someone asks you this as a significant meaning-of-life question, what would you answer then? The question is in significant part about where your mind and heart, energy and passions spend their time. The question is about […]

the CROSS road

This evening I plan to be at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament choir and orchestra performance of Bach’s St. John’s Passion. Details below. But before then, at 3.00pm in Hawarden, I will unite with Christians around the world for the solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion. This liturgy seems to focus on death, a […]

these three days

This Holy Triduum beginning with this evening’s Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper is at the heart of our Christian faith, and therefore at the centre of our human existence. So often we struggle to make sense of the joys, griefs, hopes and anxieties of every day, and in our confusion we grasp at anything […]

Fred Dagg

In the midst of Holy Week I can’t resist paying a tribute to John Clarke, best known in New Zealand for his Fred Dagg role which made him a part of our national lore from the moment of his first TV appearance as Dagg on Country Calendar in 1974. John Clarke died this week aged 68 […]

gratefully

The Monday evening of Holy Week is a highlight for a priest in the diocese of Christchurch. At 5 in the afternoon we gather to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation together. It is both humbling and moving to be a brother among brothers as we confess our sin and receive God’s forgiveness through a brother […]

savouring grace

You will read this on Monday, but I’m writing on Sunday night, the end of a full day. It’s brisk outside, “a touch autumnal” as Bishop Ashby used to say. But the cool air is not enough to put me off stepping outside at 10.15pm to barbecue the steak I am now enjoying. If I […]

Holy Week Retreat

You might like to join me in considering this week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday as a week of retreat in daily life. For a Christian, to retreat is not to run from reality. Instead a Christian retreatant is seeking to engage with the reality that is greater and therefore more real than much of what […]

which crowd ?

It’s Palm Sunday this weekend, the day that marks the end of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. This Sunday’s liturgy begins with the commemoration of Jesus entry to Jerusalem. Take particular notice of the crowd that calls out in welcome to Jesus as he enters the city. It doesn’t take many days before this […]

deeper than moods

It’s been one of those weeks, and so even more than usual, TGIF! On the surface it’s been a week like most other weeks with a mixture of good and bad, struggles and hopes. But every now and then I have a few days when things get to me more than usual and I find […]

living vocation

I often have conversations with people who are trying to decide how to spend their lives. They are not simply weighing up pros and cons to decide what to do or what career path to follow, but these conversations are often with people seeking more deeply to live every day, and eventually a lifetime, in relationship with […]

divine building

We live in an age where everyone can be considered to be an expert in everything, and it is politically insensitive (at least) even to suggest that someone who has studied a great deal in a particular area might have more knowledge in the field than someone who has a passing interest. This is noticeable […]

just do it!

For every one of us the term Sacrament of Confession, Penance or Reconciliation brings up many different responses reactions or feelings.  Tragically there are many people who have not experienced the beauty of this sacrament for many years or even decades… AN INVITATION: The Holy Week – Easter Sunday journey (from Palm Sunday to Easter […]

extinction or life?

I was skimming through the Food For Faith archive last week and found a Radio New Zealand interview from March 2011. RNZ had phoned me on receiving the results of a survey which indicated that religion was becoming extinct. They asked what I thought, and I was able to share my experience of faith at the […]