Good Friday

There is one moment in the year when  Christians around the world gather at the same hour, 3.00pm on Good Friday for the celebration of the Lord’s Passion. This is one of the best attended liturgies in the year and it surprises and encourages me that people continue to come to this liturgy that seems […]

the Triduum

These three days, from Holy Thursday evening until the Saturday evening Vigil of Easter, are at the heart of our life as Christians and therefore the core of our human existence. An Invitation   I find it helpful to live these three days, the Triduum, as days of retreat. You will probably be fully occupied […]

Palm Sunday

It’s Palm Sunday this weekend, the day that marks the end of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. You will notice in the Palm Sunday gospel that people are shouting in praise of Jesus and laying palm branches as a carpet of welcome for him as he enters Jerusalem. Have you ever considered that […]

realignment

With my new appointments I am appreciating the opportunity to be available for group reflection sessions. After a couple of sessions last week in one Christchurch parish last night I was in another (reflecting on prayer and discernment) and I have a lunch-time reflection session today with a Christchurch combined parishes group. I’ll let you […]

greatest journey

Today’s first reading tells of a mountain-top encounter between God and Moses. God tells Moses to head back down the mountain because the people are in the process of creating their own God – a golden calf. Without an awareness of the presence of God this is what we all do; if we are not building […]

rest

Do you ever find that you long for a break from the busyness of life, the weekend comes and goes, and on Monday you wake with the feeling that you need another weekend? This might have something to do with us having un-learned the art of rest. In an age when we are taught that […]

prayer

Prayer is much easier than most of us think since prayer is our default setting, the most natural way of being in 24/7 relationship with Jesus Christ. I hope you find this brief video clip a helpful encouragement for your prayer.

success

What is that you hope for your children? In today’s gospel reading we meet the “mother of the sons of Zebedee.” She was ambitious for her boys, but in the conversation with Jesus she comes to see that something more is offered than an earthly understanding of human success.

earth & heaven

Mountain tops are significant places in the Bible. In the Old Testament God was thought to dwell in the distant heavens therefore if you wanted to get close to God you might climb a mountain. Think of Abraham and Isaac, up a mountain in today’s first reading, or Moses coming down the mountain with the […]

Ash Wednesday

Whatever season of the year you are living in today, and whatever season of life’s journey, today we enter together a spring-time of growth for relationship with God. Take two minutes to watch this video clip and find out why I’m thinking of spring on Ash Wednesday when it is Autumn for those of us […]

chapel update

A follow-up on the new St. Margaret’s College chapel, formerly St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Rotherham here in the Hurunui. It’s the church that I saw go past last week and reported at this link. Click on the image below to watch a brief CTV video clip showing the arrival of the chapel at St. […]

to educate

Here in Aotearoa New Zealand we are preparing for the start of the new school year. School staff will meet in the next few days and students will soon arrive to begin the 2018 school year. It’s an ideal opportunity for us to reflect on the goals we have for the educational endeavour within a […]

searching

Since Fr. Graeme Blackburn’s tragic death on Monday night we have been united in grief: Graeme’s mother Erin (above embracing Graeme at his ordination last year) and all Graeme’s family, his many friends, our diocesan family especially parishioners at his Sockburn parish of Our Lady of Victories, and his brothers in the priesthood in Christchurch […]

searching

My friend Alex is an excellent preacher. Because he is in the US which is a day behind NZ and his homilies only appear online on NZ’s Monday I am unable to steal his thoughts and use them as my own Sunday homily!  Instead I am happy to share his YouTube channel and encourage you […]

a New Year gift

Today is the final email in the Advent / Christmas pilgrimage. If you have not yet completed the brief survey please take a moment to do so by clicking on the image below. The future of this Food For Faith mission depends on your feedback – even a word or two in response to one […]