no place for them

With yesterday’s celebration of Christmas we began the eight days (the Octave) of Christmas, and we conclude our December retreat with a relaxed journey through the Octave with the last of our daily emails arriving in your inbox on New Year’s day. I thought you might be interested in Pope Francis’ homily for the Midnight […]

where is love ?

Christmas Greetings to you all. There are many things that I could share in this Christmas day clip, but the image that keeps coming to mind is the Christmas dinner table around which people will gather today with family and friends. A few decades ago the people seated at one Christmas table probably held similar […]

Christmas on radio

A few days ago I had a call from Tim Wilson of Newstalk ZB asking for a Christmas interview with a country pastor. I was happy to share a thought or two and this morning the station played the full 15 minute interview. You can listen below Part One at this link – jump to […]

Christmas reality

Take a moment in the midst of this pre-Christmas busyness to focus again on the heart of the feast. You might find this brief video clip helpful.

a few more sleeps

It’s only a few more sleeps until Christmas. You might find this three minute Food For Faith Youtube clip encouraging in the midst of pre-Christmas busyness.

how unexpected

The Christian community often struggles to be an effective communicator of the heart of the life of Faith. Thanks to St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Auckland who in this brief and brilliant Christmas clip get a 10 out of 10 for effective communication of the facts of faith.

what about now?

Pope Francis never ceases to amaze us. Speaking at the December 17 General Audience, he said, “The Incarnation of the Son of God opens a new beginning in the universal history of man and woman […] within a family, in Nazareth […], in a remote village on the outskirts of the Roman Empire…  Fr. Julian Carron, President […]

God is with us

I have just arrived home after celebrating the first three Masses of Christmas: Amberley 5.00pm, Culverden 7.00pm and Hanmer Springs 9.00pm. In the past 30 hours I have also driven 640km. And all the effort is worth it so much that it is not really an effort. It is a pleasure and a privilege to […]

Traces in December

One of the highlights of my monthly reading is the Traces magazine of the Communion & Liberation community. A couple of months ago the decision was taken to no longer publish a hard-copy magazine in English, but to move this edition to a digital format. I was nervous, until I saw the first edition. Both the website […]

woman of faith

Twelve months ago after seeing Queen Elizabeth’s 2012 Christmas Message, I uploaded the clip adding that this was the reflection of a woman of faith. This year, sixty years after her coronation, she remains a woman of strong Christian faith and shares this in her 2013 Christmas message. You can watch the queen’s 2013 message […]

dawn from on high

It is a glorious morning here in Cheviot. I prayed sitting in the garden, the only sounds coming from neighbour’s children no doubt enjoying Christmas presents. The Canticle of Zechariah was especially poignant this morning: In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those […]

Christmas poster

Each year the Communion & Liberation community marks the feasts of Christmas and Easter with a poster that brings together beautiful art with inspiring text. You can savour the Christmas 2013 poster, as well as those of previous years, by tapping on the poster below. If you would like a better quality poster for printing […]

how unexpected

The Christian community often struggles to be an effective communicator of the heart of the life of Faith. Thanks to St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Auckland who in this brief and brilliant Christmas clip get a 10 out of 10 for effective communication of the facts of faith.

nativity difficulty

Earlier today I visited the home of parishioners who had just finished setting up a nativity scene in their living room. It was prepared with love, beautifully created, and was even illuminated with the manger awaiting the Christ child the most brightly lit part of the stable. Even in this so-called secular age, there are […]

seven more sleeps

In the Prayer of the Church, prayed through the hours of each day by many Christians, and which priests and many Religious communities pray on behalf of all people, the journey of Advent moves up a gear on December 17 when the date appears alongside the day of the week in the Breviary. This marks the last […]

 
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