pope & space

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It was my paternal grandfather who first taught me about the night sky pointing out notable stars and constellations. Later when I became familiar with the scriptures I discovered that the stars are often mentioned as a way of helping people to keep perspective in the midst of human challenges. Wise people would gaze up […]

youthful eyes

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If I began this post saying “I’m going to tell you some of the reasons why I think values are so important” you might not be too curious. But here is a brief video clip about the importance of values that was created by one of our 15 year-old parishioners. He has taken time to […]

a day in the life

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It has been a full and satisfying day of priestly ministry for me here in the Hurunui. Early this morning I drove the hour north to Cheviot for Mass with the locals. After Mass the conversation was of the great growth after the spring rains. After Mass morning tea with a few parishioners, then a […]

in for a challenge

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I’ve got a bit of a challenge on my hands. A couple of weeks ago I posted about our Hurunui parish weekend for young families held in Hanmer Springs. This morning the group met for 8.30am pancakes breakfast and formation sessions (one for children one for parents) before the 10.00am Amberley Mass. It was a […]

Feast of Francis

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On a recent visit to Assisi, the birthplace of Francis whose feast we celebrate today, I recorded this three-minute clip as encouragement for all of us who often find it difficult to pray. I offer it again for today’s feast.

saints today

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A brief video reflection on earthquakes, church building and the call to live the life of a saint from the basilica of St. Francis in Assisi. Pilgrims come to this place from all over the world to visit the town where Francis lived, and site of his burial above which this basilica was built.

Assumption

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Bishop Robert Barron offers a clear and sound reflection for today’s feast of the Assumption. We approach death in fear and trembling. That’s because we are sinners. What would it be like for one without sin to die?

anywhere

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Often we think that the environment has to be just right for our prayer. The problem is that most of us struggle to see our own situations as conducive to prayer. If prayer was about us then this would be a difficulty, but the reality is that our prayer is primarily about what God is […]

prayer is simple

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I have a few days holiday in Italy before beginning vacation with around 300 frlends this weekend, then the following week at the Annual Rimini meeting. More on these events over the next couple of weeks.. As I travel north from Rome I have a couple of nights in Assisi. This morning I visited a […]

what a privilege

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“You have been chosen by Christ to receive the imprint of his own priesthood in your souls so that your destiny is linked to him in a bond that lasts into eternity. What a challenge, what a demand that is upon you but what a privilege too.” An inspiring 3 minute video reflection from the […]

healed

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Today I’m in Hanmer Springs , a beautiful town in the north of the Good Shepherd Hurunui parish. One century ago ago the first soldiers began to return home from the First World War. Many of them were suffering greatly and they came to this place aware of their need for healing. All of us […]

disarming beauty

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Too often we see Christian faith presented as and reduced to moralistic and legalistic adherence to cultural norms and moral ideals. However our experience of life with Jesus is that of an encounter with something, no someONE much more, a relationship with the divine who satisfies all human desire and gives meaning to the life […]

be rooted

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It’s a beautiful Sunday morning here at sunrise, the bells of the monastery have been ringing calling the monks to prayer, and in a couple of hours we will gather with the community and other retreatants for the Sunday morning monastery Mass. We have a wonderful selection of readings in today’s liturgy. I’m reminded as […]

retreat & reality

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A brief Saturday morning live video reflection from New Norcia, a couple of hours north of Perth in Western Australia. I hope you are getting a chance to “retreat” in the most helpful sense of that word this weekend. Tap on this link to watch:  Saturday Morning in New Norcia  

ordination album

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Here in the Christchurch diocese we are still savouring the inspirational celebration of last Saturday’s triple ordination. You can see the complete album by tapping on the image below. Peter Fleming was the official photographer for the celebration and he has generously offered his images here for sharing on Food For Faith. He also offers […]