to tarry

May 8, 2018

I was working at my desk this morning just after 10 with the Concert Programme playing quietly in the next room. A mention of the Son of God caught my attention and I got up from my desk to listen…

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beauty spot

May 2, 2018

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…

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thinking ahead

April 7, 2018

It may have been a coincidence that Fr. Richard J. Hauser SJ died at 10:10 on Tuesday morning of this week, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the Holy Spirit was smiling on Dick and on us knowing…

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seven years on

February 22, 2018

Today, February 22, marks seven years since the devastating 2011 earthquake which brought tragic loss of life to our city of Christchurch where we continue the long and difficult process of rebuilding lives and livelihoods. There are many signs of…

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what to do?

January 16, 2018

A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to take part in the annual Hearts Aflame gathering of 100 young NZ Catholics aged between 18 & 35. I was asked to share a few thoughts on discernment and I am…

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holy & innocent

December 27, 2017

Surrounded by gifts, good food and Christmas goodwill, it is easy to forget the full reality of the birth of Jesus.  At the time of the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph were travellers. Pope Francis made this the central…

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Handel’s Messiah

December 21, 2017

I was a student in the seminary when I was first introduced to Handel’s great oratorio, Messiah. This work is widely considered to be a master-work both of composition and of communication of the Old Testament prophecy and…

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listen in the car

October 12, 2017

I rarely get the opportunity to read as much as I would like to. I have a stack of books and articles waiting to be read both in my office and  piled beside the bed. However technology offers easy access…

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about sin

October 6, 2017

After a long week I’ve made it to Friday afternoon. No doubt your week has been full and (in the opening words of the Constitution on the Church in the Modern World) there will have been joys, hopes, griefs…

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city (re)building

September 17, 2017

I have mentioned The Liturgy Guys a few times before. Their liturgy podcasts from St Mary of the Lake University in Mundelein have become essential formation material for any person seeking to grow in their understanding of the liturgy of…

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lake wobegon

September 17, 2017

One of the sections of this Food For Faith website is entitled “listen.” In this age of computer movies and on-demand TV, listening as our ancestors did to radio comedies, documentaries and interviews is sadly a relatively rare pastime…

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leaders & vision

July 13, 2017

I was interested to hear of the publication today of a new book on leadership written by NZ  “leadership coach” Diana Jones. Tap on the image below to hear one of the interviews that whetted my appetite. I was especially…

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ordination music

July 4, 2017

And yet more savouring of Saturday’s ordinations. This time Ken Joblin who led the choir and orchestra inspiring the congregation to join in full voice shares with us 45 minutes of the music from the ordination Mass. Tap on…

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Ave Verum

April 14, 2017

The depths of human pain,  suffering and grief can produce some of the most exquisite beauty in art. The suffering and death of Jesus is an example, and one of the most beautiful works ever composed is Mozart’s Ave…

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