Lent & Advent
Parish Mission

Parish Mission

This weekend, and until Tuesday night, I am in the parish of St. Joseph in Upper Hutt for a parish mission.

living nativity

living nativity

A living nativity is an engagement with the total reality of life in every aspect of human life on earth.

it’s not a secret

it’s not a secret

Perhaps this is the mystery kept secret for endless ages. God prefers the peripheries

silent classroom

silent classroom

Those who are truly wise know that silence can provide a higher school of learning, a classroom of growth

magnificat

magnificat

a time will come when the earth on which we are so focussed will pass away.

the visit

the visit

It’s wasting time together that provides real friendship and food for the soul.

Impossible? Not!

Impossible? Not!

“But how can this be” she asked. The answer was clear: “nothing is impossible for God.”

the messengers

the messengers

Zechariah knew about angels always bringing challenge or correction, so it’s only natural that he was nervous

the naming

the naming

The name is Emmanuel. And as the prophet Isaiah emphasises, this is the name which means God-is-with-us.

unknown to you

unknown to you

There is a story of a monastery where life had become chaotic. The monks were continually arguing and fighting

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“it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak.

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a letting go of all that limits us, restricts us, and therefore prevents us finding the happiness we seek.