prayer & reality

April 4, 2020

In this reflection I share some of the most helpful advice ever given to me about prayer. I hope you find it as encouraging as I have…

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a room alone

April 3, 2020

“All of humanity’s problems stem from our inability to sit quietly in a room alone…

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remembering

October 31, 2019

As a preparation for this November month of the Holy Souls you might appreciate this interview on life and death based on my own experience at the time of the deaths of my parents…

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Monty’s call

August 10, 2019

By happy coincidence I have spent time this week in the same course of study as a couple of dozen seminarians from the U.S. I have been inspired by their vocations stories and their enthusiasm…

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breadth of life

May 4, 2019

This is the last of the three conversations with Vatican Astronomer Br. Guy Consolmagno SJ on his visit to Christchurch earlier in the week…

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stars & faith & life

May 3, 2019

Br. Guy went well beyond the expectations of these young people with profound reflections on life and love, hope and joy and discernment of life choices…

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the bigger picture

May 2, 2019

Here is the first of my conversations with Br. Guy Consolmagno SJ, Vatican Astronomer on his visit to Christchurch this week…

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pray to sleep

April 27, 2019

A ten minute audio prayer for bedtime. Relax, press play, and pray to sleep…

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Bishop Peter Carrell

February 9, 2019

The Christian community of Christchurch rejoices today with the Episcopal Ordination and Installation of The Reverend Doctor Peter Carrell as the ninth bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch. The Catholic Bishop of Christchurch Paul Martin SM was invited to…

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love is…

February 2, 2019

I was speaking with a married couple a few years ago who argued that marriage was a secular ceremony and there was no need for any religion in the service…

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redefining family

January 29, 2019

Our definitions of family are often too narrow, certainly more restrictive than the beautifully diverse reality that is family life in 2019. Listen to my 3 minute homily at this link…

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art & beauty & life

December 28, 2018

One news report says that she lives in “isolation” but she would never say that of herself. As these brief clips below show the heart of her life was relationship with God and therefore she was never alone…

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the sin problem

September 22, 2018

A healthy awareness of personal sin is a great gift since this places us in right-relationship with the God who desires to meet us in our imperfect reality and so lead us into life. Yesterday on the feast of…

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love

September 19, 2018

Today’s first reading is the magnificent hymn of love from St. Paul’s first letter to the people of Corinth. I recall once meeting with a couple to prepare their marriage ceremony. They were insistent that there be no…

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