October 18, 2018

Some of our great prayers come from the Gospel of Luke whose feast we celebrate today: The Angelus is from Luke (with some help from the Gospel of John), and the great Gospel canticles used in the Liturgy of the…

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a long night

October 15, 2018

“O Love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee; … I trace the rainbow through the rain, And feel the promise is not vain, That morn shall tearless be…

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October 14, 2018

The Monkey Trap: a clever trap of any sort that owes its success to the ineptitude or gullibility of the victim…

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moonlight speech

October 12, 2018

It was a cold dark evening after a busy day and the pope noticed crowds outside his window…

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a new era

October 11, 2018

“These prophets of doom, are always forecasting disasters, as though the end of the world were at hand…

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Job in the dung

October 5, 2018

The first readings of the liturgy this week give  daily segments of the 42 chapters of the Old Testament Book of Job, well-chosen to convey the message of the entire book. Job is a good man who has everything…

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Feast of Francis

October 4, 2018

On a recent visit to Assisi, the birthplace of Francis whose feast we celebrate today, I recorded this three-minute clip as encouragement for all of us who often find it difficult to pray. I offer it again for today…

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Saint Suzanne

October 1, 2018

On this day, October 1, in 1926, Saint Suzanne (also known as Saint Grandma) died in Wellington after a long and rich life in service of Jesus in the poor of Aotearoa New Zealand. (read an earlier FFF reflection at…

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not lay

September 28, 2018

I’ve been thinking ahead to my Sunday homily this weekend at St. Mary’s pro-Cathedral. The readings provide a timely remedy of the tensions and evils within the church. Battle imagery is often used to describe the struggle…

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life advice

September 26, 2018

Earlier this month Jean Vanier celebrated his 90th birthday and shared his reflections in this fifteen minute video reflection offering “ten rules for life.” He has given his life to service of the intellectually disabled with his L’Arche communities…

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September 25, 2018

What is family? Most people hope that their family will be a place of belonging and growth. The reality is that our biological families exist only for a time. I am the child of my parents for a couple of…

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+ve moaning

September 24, 2018

It’s Monday morning at the office and a few of the staff are arriving at work with groans and moans after relaxing and satisfying weekends. Even Pope Francis was talking about moaning when yesterday he spoke on his visit…

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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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Mercy & Matthew

September 21, 2018

It’s the feast day of St. Matthew today.  Caravaggio’s Calling of Matthew and Pope Francis’ frequent comments about the painting provide a great inspiration and Francis has called this painting one of his favourite works of art. It…

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