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 […]

the holy longing

“the Magi did not set out because they had seen the star, but they saw the star because they had already set out” I enjoyed a couple of days this past week at the annual Hearts Aflame gathering of young Catholics, this year held in the small Rangitikei town of Marton. This ten-day live-in event […]

Epiphany

These have been days of feasting with the feasts of Christmas, the Holy Family, Mary the Mother of God, and this weekend the feast of the Epiphany. In secular usage the word ‘epiphany’ means a sudden realisation of the true meaning of something. This is because our common usage comes from the religious meaning of Epiphany as […]

the light gets in

These have been days of feasting with the feasts of Christmas, the Holy Family, Mary the Mother of God, and this weekend with the feast of the Epiphany. In secular parlance the word ‘epiphany’ means a sudden realisation of the true meaning of something. This is because our common usage comes from the religious meaning of Epiphany […]

found not seeking

While the feast of the Epiphany was celebrated in many parts of the world last Sunday, the traditional date for the solemnity is today January 6, the date that began what was known as the Octave (eight days) of Epiphany. I like the idea of celebrating this great Epiphany feast for a full week, rather […]

Epiphany light

These have been days of festival as we have celebrated the feasts of Christmas, the Holy Family, Mary the Mother of God, now we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany. In secular parlance the word ‘epiphany’ means a sudden realization of the true meaning of something. This is because our common usage comes from the religious meaning […]

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 […]

what Francis said

In my Epiphany homily on Sunday I took a guess at what Pope Francis might preach in his Epiphany homily. A few hours ago Pope Francis celebrated the Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany in St. Peters, and in his homily there are a few themes that are common to both of us: the […]

life in the light

Today, January 6 is the actual date of the feast of the Epiphany, but in New Zealand, USA, and many other countries the feast is transferred to the nearest Sunday to enable more people to celebrate the feast at Mass. The pope (and Vatican City State) still keep the feast on the traditional twelfth day […]

Magi journey

Here T.S. Eliot (who died 49 years ago today) reads his Epiphany poem, Journey of the Magi. ‘A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey: The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter.’ And the camels galled, sorefooted, […]

cure for dis-ease

One of the disadvantages of living just west of the international dateline is that priests’ and popes’ (I’m enjoying shifting that apostrophe while we can) blogs don’t carry their Sunday homilies until after I have finished most of the Sunday Masses, so I don’t get to copy their ideas, and instead have to do my […]

 
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