renewed youth

Last weekend I was with a group in Sydney who are seeking to live with greater familiarity with Jesus Christ. “Familiarity with Christ” was a recurring mantra of the retreat: under the broader theme: “see I am doing a new thing, even now it comes to light. Can you not perceive it? Newness is one […]

the gift of tears

I often write a food for faith reflection on the scriptures of the day after I reflect on the scriptures in the early morning. I hadn’t intended to write today, but a thought from today’s first reading (Paul’s exhortation to the leaders of the church of Ephesus) has stayed with me through the day with […]

Ascension

I often return to books that I consider to be classics. Some of these were written decades or centuries ago. Others, including Pope Benedict’s second “Jesus of Nazareth” book are more recent. In his first volume, published in 2007, the emeritus pope reflects on Jesus’ ministry from his baptism in the Jordan up to the Transfiguration. In volume two he […]

Monday morn

The gospel readings of each Sunday are a central part of the nourishment given in the liturgy which sets us up for the week ahead. Too often the gospel is not heard or remembered and we are the poorer for it as we face the challenges of the week. So let’s take a moment on […]

Paul

The Food For Faith team invite you to a private screening of the recently released biblical drama Paul, Apostle of Christ. This significant and inspiring movie was released in the US a few weeks ago but is not being shown publicly in New Zealand. The Food For Faith private screening is on Sunday 3 June, […]

love pray live

This morning from stuff.co.nz, a feature on life as a Carmelite in Christchurch. At the crossroads of two of Christchurch’s busiest roads, Halswell and Curletts roads, lies a desert of calm. It is tricky to straddle Halswell Rd to turn into the Carmelite Monastery, but this doesn’t bother the residents at all.    read more

we will remember

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. For the Fallen The poppy from Flanders Field in Belgium has become the most visible symbol of Anzac remembrance. […]

abundance

There’s nothing like good conversation to refocus the mind and the heart. Yesterday I had one such conversation which focussed me again on what is real. A couple of hours after my friend and I were chatting Pope Francis on the other side of the world gave his weekly address to the crowds gathered in […]

Vocations

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, also known as Good Shepherd Sunday (note the Gospel reading) and marked throughout the church as Vocations Sunday. As Vocations Director here in the Christchurch diocese I have invited priests to use this one day to focus especially on Vocations to the diocesan priesthood. Every other Sunday of […]

meet Paul

In today’s first reading we meet Saul of Tarsus on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians. These verses from the Acts of the Apostles (which makes up our daily diet of liturgy first readings in these post Easter weeks) tell of the beginning of one of the greatest human adventures of all time: “breathing […]

kerygma

It was a pleasure this morning to celebrate Mass for the people of Lincoln and Leeston. Both communities continue to suffer the effects of the earthquakes with Lincoln parishioners worshipping in the local Anglican church and Leeston back in their church a few months ago but only able to use the front part of the […]

to be holy…

I have been savouring the early paragraphs of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “Rejoice and be Glad” which was published on Monday. I am encouraged and inspired by what I am reading and I think you will be too. Here’s a few paragraphs (14-18) in which the pope emphasises holiness as the ultimate state of human […]

rejoice & be glad

Late last night New Zealand time Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation “Rejoice and be Glad” (Gaudete et Exsultate) was published. Those who were looking for a dense document heavy with dogma and definitions will be disappointed. Instead the pope opens with this point clarifying that his work “is not meant to be a treatise on holiness, containing […]

mercy

In the Jubilee year 2000 Pope John Paul initiated this Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. In his homily on that day as he canonised a Polish nun Faustina Kowalska as a saint of the Church, he proclaimed: “It is important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from […]

faith

It is Holy Saturday today, and on this day the sacraments of the church are not celebrated until tonight when we celebrate the Easter Vigil, the ultimate liturgy of the Church year. Holy Saturday is a day of waiting. The memory of the suffering and death of Jesus commemorated yesterday is uppermost in our minds […]