Lent & spring

Here in the Southern Hemisphere we don’t associate Lent with spring since in these March days we are entering Autumn. But there is a real connection, and in this brief video (filmed in the beautiful Cheviot Hills Domain) you will discover the importance of the relationship between spring and Lent.

beginning Lent

It’s Ash Wednesday today, and here is the first of the daily Lenten Food For Faith encouragements. I’m very aware of the many people around the world who have signed up to follow Food For Faith online for Lent. Let us keep each other in prayer.

Lent Online 2017

In response to requests, Food For Faith is offering an online retreat. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on 1 March and this six week season of growth in faith seemed like an ideal opportunity to begin this new initiative and offer an “online retreat”. Each day from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday a brief post will […]

the voice

We are almost half way through the season of Lent. Often by this stage our initial commitments and enthusiasms have faced and the demands and routines of daily life have again overwhelmed us. While this may be a problem for us, it is no problem with God who delights in working in the midst of […]

Lent – in Autumn?

One of the first Food For Faith video clips was this one from Lent a couple of years ago. Hurunui readers will recognise the beautiful Cheviot Hills reserve. While the clip was originally published “in the heart of the season of Lent” the content is just as useful for these first hours of this “joyful” season.

unto dust…

The encouragement that usually accompanies the imposition of Ash Wednesday ashes is “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” But when I was a child the exhortation was a bit more sombre: “Remember man that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.” For some reason it is this latter mantra that […]

eat pancakes

Tomorrow is the day before Ash Wednesday and is commonly known as  ‘shrove‘ or ‘pancake’ Tuesday. This day is more widely known in many parts of the world as Mardi Gras (ie fat Tuesday), or ‘Carnival‘ (literally ‘goodbye meat’). These celebrations began years ago when the fasting really was tough: 40 days without meat or dairy products (hence the binging on […]

a lenten lesson

In the peace of this Holy Saturday morning I have been thinking back over the past six weeks through the Lenten pilgrimage to Palm Sunday and the Holy Week liturgies.  Six weeks ago I wrote about Lent as a springtime, a new beginning, a time of penance. I began with good intentions, and overall (when […]

Lent & springtime

“In these days we are in the heart of the season of Lent. The word “Lent” comes from an old Anglo-Saxon word meaning “to lengthen” or “spring – the lengthening of days…” Here’s a brief three-minute video reflection (filmed in the heart of the Hurunui parish at Cheviot Hills) offering a bit of encouragement as […]

Aesop, Noah & 2015

For my seventh birthday my Godmother gave me my first book without pictures. It was called simply “Aesop’s Fables,” a title made up of two words that I had never heard before. I remember wondering if I would ever be able to read it without the images that usually guided me through books with lots […]

Ash Wednesday

Lent only makes sense for those who know that they are sinners. Other good people might engage in Lenten disciplines of fasting and penance, but these practices will only bear fruit for the one who humbly acknowledges their personal sinfulness and sincerely seeks the mercy of God. This might be why for many Catholics the […]

follow the good

I’m thinking ahead a couple of days to Lent which begins this week on Ash Wednesday. I heard someone once say that Lent was a kind of “boot camp” for the Christian, a time when the one who seeks to follow Christ becomes much more driven to overcome temptation. I must admit that the boot-camp […]

Lent & Autumn

It is Lent and, at least here in New Zealand, it is also Autumn. It is different in the northern hemisphere where it is springtime, but I like our southern match. You might find this brief video clip a helpful reflection on Lent and Autumn…

Sunday celebration

Don’t forget in the zeal of your Lenten fasting and abstinence that even in the more rigorous old rules of 1959 “There is no fasting or abstinence on Sundays” in Lent.  Sunday is always the day of the resurrection, and a day of celebration. Thanks Don from Sydney for sharing this. Everyone else, pass on […]

the drama begins

While the daily heart of the liturgy of the Church is the Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours helps the grace of the Mass to flow through the hours of the day. Along with the psalms which repeat in a four-week cycle, one of the daily dramatic highlights is often the scripture reading from the […]

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