Monday morn

The gospel readings of each Sunday are a central part of the nourishment given in the liturgy which sets us up for the week ahead. Too often the gospel is not heard or remembered and we are the poorer for it as we face the challenges of the week. So let’s take a moment on […]

meet Peter

I have a deep affection for St. Peter. I think I understand him well and I have a strong sense that he gets me too. This is why as a teenager I chose Peter as my confirmation name. What do I mean by my affection for and understanding of Peter? Last year on a visit […]

on friendship

This month began with news of the Las Vegas tragedy with the loss of 58 lives and the wounding of almost 500 people A number of commentators have reflected that while one man held the gun, the responsibility for such tragedies must at least partly shared by a society that is lacking in what is […]

i can’t not

Don’t get down when you hear this Sunday’s first reading. Jeremiah is having a bad day. He’s a bit overwhelmed with the negative response he is getting when he passes God’s message to the people. In short, Jeremiah is having a Jeremiad. While we all have bad days, Jeremiah is very specific in his lament […]

from the desk

It’s Saturday morning here in Amberley and over coffee looking out from my office to the Autumn garden I am thinking back over a few of the moments of the week. Some years ago I realised that the things that happen during a week only have power to make or break my week if I give them that […]

friendship’s sake

I have spent the weekend in the Philippines (Manila and Cebu) and today head home to NZ. The brief visit was an opportunity to meet with friends in both cities and to journey together in faith. The simple purpose of the visit: friendship, the kind of friendship without which life is not possible. Fifteen hours of flying […]

poets’ friendship

The weather last night could not have been worse for the annual Christchurch Rochester lecture with John Weir reflecting on the life, letters and loves of NZ poet James K. Baxter. As we gathered a cold southerly brought bitter cold and sleet to Canterbury, but still a great crowd assembled to hear John share profound and […]

Francis’ friends

Last Saturday’s gathering was a remarkable experience of friendship and faith, with Pope Francis. You’ll get a taste of the event in this video clip made with an iphone and a cast of nearly 100,000 friends. Also below is the stream of the entire two hour gathering, including twenty minutes of the music and art […]

Rimini meeting

The annual “MEETING” at Rimini in Italy is an extraordinary event. Each year more than half a million people gather over a week in friendship, aware that they are seeking much more than can ever be delivered by a secular world-view. Christ is at the heart of the event, and the mystery and grace of […]


You might have noticed that I haven’t posted here for a few days. For the week from last Saturday I have been on vacation in the Dolomite mountains.  For the past couple of years I have had the privilege of spending this week with a community of 300 friends from small towns in the north […]

meet in friendship

God-willing I will again this year make it to the Rimini Meeting for friendship among peoples. It is difficult to describe the gathering which annually draws around 700.000 visitors over a week in August each year. Simply, I would suggest that if a meeting were advertised to focus on church, religion, doctrine, faith, and salvation […]

Scent of Lemons

One of the highlights of my visits to Italy in recent years has been inspiring conversation with Jonah Lynch, always accompanied by beer and gelato, and even better, both.  Jonah is a priest of the Fraternity of San Carlo, a theologian, writer, musician, educator and friend to many. A couple of years ago he (US […]