renewed youth

Last weekend I was with a group in Sydney who are seeking to live with greater familiarity with Jesus Christ. “Familiarity with Christ” was a recurring mantra of the retreat: under the broader theme: “see I am doing a new thing, even now it comes to light. Can you not perceive it? Newness is one […]

beauty spot

Just after 8 each weekday morning the NZ Concert Program features a few minutes highlighted as the day’s “Beauty Spot”. These minutes regularly include some of the most beautiful music of all time, chosen I suspect to entice people who have yet to know the pleasure of the classics of the music world. This morning’s […]

rejoice & be glad

Late last night New Zealand time Pope Francis’ new Apostolic Exhortation “Rejoice and be Glad” (Gaudete et Exsultate) was published. Those who were looking for a dense document heavy with dogma and definitions will be disappointed. Instead the pope opens with this point clarifying that his work “is not meant to be a treatise on holiness, containing […]

friendship in faith

A couple of times each year I take part in the dialogue of the Anglican Roman Catholic Commission of Aotearoa New Zealand (ARCCANZ). This dialogue is made up of half a dozen members of each church, appointed by the bishops, seeking to work on behalf of the Anglican and Catholic bishops of New Zealand towards […]

like a magnet

In today’s gospel reading we meet a tax-collector called Matthew, previously known as Levi. I like him. His life before encountering Jesus was probably a bit worldly with a view of reality distorted by attachment to earthly possessions. Pope Francis has said that one of his favourite works of art is Caravaggio‘s calling of this […]

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 […]

another realm

I remember someone once defining an intelligent person as one who can hold apparently contradictory thoughts in their heads at the same time without having to attach to one thought or another. I suppose another way of expressing this would be to say that an intelligent person can live with a degree of ambiguity rather […]

pope & space

It was my paternal grandfather who first taught me about the night sky pointing out notable stars and constellations. Later when I became familiar with the scriptures I discovered that the stars are often mentioned as a way of helping people to keep perspective in the midst of human challenges. Wise people would gaze up […]

together in faith

I am privileged to count as a friend Archbishop David Moxon who this week completes his term as the director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the Holy See. David is also good friend of the Catholic community of New Zealand. Last year in Rome we shared a […]

Francis & TED

TED introduces Pope Francis: “A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you, says His Holiness Pope Francis in this searing TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. In a hopeful message to people of all faiths, to those who have power as well as those who don’t, the […]

four years on…

It was on this morning four years ago that in New Zealand we woke to the news that Pope Francis had been elected. I recall being in the Cheviot Four Square store a few months later in a conversation with others waiting at the check-out line when a tourist, learning that I was the local priest, […]

a Francis retreat

Yesterday in Rome Pope Francis preached a one-day three-session retreat for priests. You can see in the photo that he is completely at home in this role. Many priests might miss this, so you might consider printing it and giving it to a priest you know with a friendly comment: “Father, I thought you might like […]

the joy of love

Late last night NZ time Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love” was promulgated. While it is directly the follow-up document after the two synod gatherings of 2014 & 2015 on the topic of the family, it is more significantly the fruit of the struggle of the Church in recent decades […]

God’s “I.D.”

“Mercy is God’s identity card.” A few hours ago in Rome Pope Francis new book was launched. It is entitled: “The Name of God is Mercy.” Thanks be to God, and to the digital age, within minutes of the launch I was able to begin reading it on Kindle. It is immediately captivating and transforming. […]

Jubilee of Mercy

Food For Faith returns to YouTube this week with a five-minute video reflection to begin the Year of Mercy.

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