extinction or life?

April 3, 2017

I was skimming through the Food For Faith archive last week and found a Radio New Zealand interview from March 2011. RNZ had phoned me on receiving the results of a survey which indicated that religion was becoming extinct. They…

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how to be happy

March 21, 2017

The great challenge at the heart of human life is the discernment of what will lead us to greater intimacy with God, and what will lead us away from this life-giving relationship. Of course most people don’t use…

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NZ’er in Holy Land

February 21, 2017

It was a pleasure last week to catch up with Br. Peter Bray FSC at Br. Lewis’ perpetual profession. Peter is a New Zealand de la Salle brother, back in New Zealand briefly on a break from his role as…

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James K Baxter

January 11, 2017

Thanks to Radio New Zealand online I can share this interview with Fr.  John Weir, editor of the complete prose works of one of New Zealand’s greatest writers, James K Baxter. Baxter became a Catholic in 1959 and from…

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Christmas on radio

December 25, 2016

A few days ago I had a call from Tim Wilson of Newstalk ZB asking for a Christmas interview with a country pastor. I was happy to share a thought or two and this morning the station played the full…

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depression & hope

November 8, 2016

Without  a doubt friendship is the greatest gift in life and in this regard I am very fortunate. In conversations with some people I have met in recent weeks I see the seeds of friendship, and others have been my…

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building blocks

November 3, 2016

Today’s offering from The Liturgy Guys is especially timely for the parishes in our Christchurch diocese that are in the process of building or restoring churches. The building or restoring of a parish church is a great opportunity for…

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on the bus

September 16, 2016

On a bus journey across the north of Italy following a faith-focussed four-day meeting of people representing 80 countries, a number of participants were interviewed. You might recognise a voice or two on this 15 minute podcast: International…

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the liturgy guys

June 15, 2016

In a few weeks I will complete my studies at the Liturgical Institute of St Mary of the Lake University, Chicago.  There are many new things happening at the institute, including this week’s launch of The Liturgy Guys podcast…

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power of music

April 27, 2016

One of the great satisfactions of driving for 300 km every weekend is having the time (and ideal place) to listen to podcasts. Last weekend Radio New Zealand broadcast this uplifting interview with classical pianist James Rhodes. I found the…

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Easter Morning

March 27, 2016

It is before dawn on the first day of the week, still dark, and I am just prayed Morning Prayer here at Hawarden with a team from the Liturgical Institute as they lead Lauds for Easter Sunday Morning. You can…

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five years on

February 22, 2016

Today, February 22, marks five years since the devastating 2011 earthquake which brought tragic loss of life to our city. Five years on we continue the long and difficult process of rebuilding our lives and livelihoods. On the first anniversary…

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funeral homily

February 21, 2016

I had hoped to put the funeral homilies from the Vigil and Funeral Masses for Bishop Barry Jones online here at Food For Faith, but unfortunately due to slip-ups with technology and human error this is not yet possible…

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a podcast treat

February 14, 2016

One of the advantages of driving a lot these days is that technology provides an easy abundance of audio entertainment with a wide range of podcasts. On the way back to Hawarden from Hanmer Springs’ Mass last night I listened…

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a mother’s tears

September 15, 2015

I will never know the depth of enduring pain felt by a mother who watches helplessly as her child suffers and dies. As a priest I have buried too many children and young people, and witnessed the torment of the…

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