depression & hope

Without  a doubt friendship is the greatest gift in life and in this regard I am very fortunate. In conversations with some people I have met in recent weeks I see the seeds of friendship, and others have been my friends for a decade or two or three or more. More than four decades ago […]

building blocks

Today’s offering from The Liturgy Guys is especially timely for the parishes in our Christchurch diocese that are in the process of building or restoring churches. The building or restoring of a parish church is a great opportunity for a parish to grow in appreciation of the nature of a Catholic church building. Such deepening […]

on the bus

On a bus journey across the north of Italy following a faith-focussed four-day meeting of people representing 80 countries, a number of participants were interviewed. You might recognise a voice or two on this 15 minute podcast: International Assembly

the liturgy guys

In a few weeks I will complete my studies at the Liturgical Institute of St Mary of the Lake University, Chicago.  There are many new things happening at the institute, including this week’s launch of The Liturgy Guys podcast where Denis McNamara (known to many of us in Christchurch after his August 2014 visit to […]

power of music

One of the great satisfactions of driving for 300 km every weekend is having the time (and ideal place) to listen to podcasts. Last weekend Radio New Zealand broadcast this uplifting interview with classical pianist James Rhodes. I found the interview very moving, and a powerful reminder that humans cannot live without beauty. James Rhodes in Conversation […]

Easter Morning

It is before dawn on the first day of the week, still dark, and I am just prayed Morning Prayer here at Hawarden with a team from the Liturgical Institute as they lead Lauds for Easter Sunday Morning. You can find the audio at this link. The image is of Peter and John running to the tomb […]

five years on

Today, February 22, marks five years since the devastating 2011 earthquake which brought tragic loss of life to our city. Five years on we continue the long and difficult process of rebuilding our lives and livelihoods. On the first anniversary of the earthquake in 2012 tens of thousands of us gathered in Hagley Park for a […]

funeral homily

I had hoped to put the funeral homilies from the Vigil and Funeral Masses for Bishop Barry Jones online here at Food For Faith, but unfortunately due to slip-ups with technology and human error this is not yet possible. However there is another inspiring funeral homily given a couple of hours ago in Washington DC […]

a podcast treat

One of the advantages of driving a lot these days is that technology provides an easy abundance of audio entertainment with a wide range of podcasts. On the way back to Hawarden from Hanmer Springs’ Mass last night I listened to Radio NZ’s Kim Hill in conversation with Yann Martel. The interview is a real treat. Martel […]

a mother’s tears

I will never know the depth of enduring pain felt by a mother who watches helplessly as her child suffers and dies. As a priest I have buried too many children and young people, and witnessed the torment of the anguished parents. Today’s feast of Our Lady of Sorrows reminds me of the ancient (13th century) […]

Mystery of God

Here at Food For Faith I often quote the rector of the Mundelein seminary Robert Barron, and every week a link from the Hurunui parish website takes readers to his reflection on the Sunday scriptures. Last week Pope Francis appointed Fr. Barron to be one of the three new auxiliary bishops of Los Angeles, but […]

Laudato Si

Catholic Bishop of Palmerston North Charles Drennan in a Radio New Zealand interview gives a great little (7 minute) look inside Pope Francis’ new encyclical letter on the environment at this link: Bishop Charles Drennan on Laudato Si

three dogs north

One of the great joys of living, studying, eating, drinking and praying with a community of a few dozen people of faith, is that every conversation us uplifting.  Stories are told, laughter is abundant, and resources are shared. In the last week I have uploaded a couple of videos that were made here at Mundelein. […]

in the pub

I was in a university pub last week with a good number of young adults for the monthly Theology on Tap session. My topic: Pope Francis, the Man and the Mission.  You can hear a couple of segments from my reflection at this Sunday’s Sounds Catholic programme at this link.

building a church ?

I know that a few parishes in the Christchurch Diocese are considering building (or restoring) parish churches to replace those destroyed or damaged by the Christchurch earthquakes.  You might find these recordings of Architectural Theologian Denis MacNamara’s August 2013 Christchurch lectures a good place to start your parish discussions. These are provided thanks to Sounds […]