the crowd

At this weekend’s liturgy we spend more time than usual listening to the scriptures. There’s an extra gospel reading right at the beginning of Mass with the palm procession recalling Jesus triumphant entry to Jerusalem. The crowds were welcoming Jesus spreading a palm carpet before him and hailing him as a great king: “And those […]

in great company

It was a delight to spend time last night with five of our six seminarians for the diocese of Christchurch at Holy Cross Seminary in Auckland, and later in the evening for a catch-up in a local bar. From left in the pic above beside me, Huong, Glen, Connor, Jose and Monty.  Tang is on […]

what to do?

A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to take part in the annual Hearts Aflame gathering of 100 young NZ Catholics aged between 18 & 35. I was asked to share a few thoughts on discernment and I am happy to share the video with you at the link below. While it is a […]

Ignatius of Loyola

It is the feast of Ignatius Loyola today and I am grateful to have been greatly influenced by Ignatius and his followers the Jesuits. Ignatius remains one of our Christian traditions greatest teachers of discernment, the art of recognising and naming attraction and resistance in our life with God.  I offer this reflection and encouragement […]

listen, or just hear

It’s the feast of St. Benedict today, the patron saint of Europe and of all those who seek to learn. Happy feast day! One of the reasons that Benedict is so well remembered and often quoted 1500 years after his death is that he sought to follow Christ without compromise in the circumstances that he […]

how to be happy

The great challenge at the heart of human life is the discernment of what will lead us to greater intimacy with God, and what will lead us away from this life-giving relationship. Of course most people don’t use “God language” to speak of this. So let’s re-word this great challenge: the decisions of each day […]

what to do?

Many people find making decisions difficult. We forget that life’s big decisions, as well as the little and apparently insignificant daily decisions, are an opportunity to grow in human maturity, and therefore an opportunity to grow in maturity of faith. You might find this brief clip helpful.

Ignatius

It is the feast of Ignatius Loyola today and I grateful to have been greatly influenced by Ignatius and by his followers the Jesuits. Ignatius remains one of our Christian traditions greatest teachers of discernment, the art of recognising and naming attraction and resistance in our life with God.  I offer this reflection and encouragement […]

discernment

We all make decisions every day, sometimes little decisions that have fleeting consequences, but often more significant choices about life direction, relationships and work. You might find this brief video helpful as a reminder not just to quickly weigh up the pros and cons as you might have at times in the past, but to […]

priesthood?

Another great little video which will be of special interest to anyone wondering if God might be nudging them to consider life as a diocesan priest. A couple of great one-liners in the video including “a seminary is a training-ground for faith” and “there is no better place to discern a call to priesthood than […]

decisions decisions

For the feast of Ignatius of Loyola today the second reading (below in blue) from the Office of Readings is the perfect intro to Ignatius ‘discovery’ of the method for discernment of spirits. If you take time to read this, perhaps just a couple of minutes, do so considering the reality of your own life. What are your own […]

how to be happy

The great challenge at the heart of human life, is the discernment of what will lead us to greater intimacy with God, and what will lead us away from this relationship. Of course most people don’t use “God language” to speak of this. So let’s re-word this great challenge: the decisions of each day are […]

holy cunning

I am sure that there are some people who saw this snake image and quickly decided to surf to another page. Many people don’t like snakes. It can’t be simply that they are slimy and slide on their bellies since we are delighted to see worms, the bigger the better, in the garden compost. Our […]

 
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