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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Mystery of God

July 29, 2015

Here at Food For Faith I often quote the rector of the Mundelein seminary Robert Barron, and every week a link from the Hurunui parish website takes readers to his reflection on the Sunday scriptures. Last week Pope Francis appointed…

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Laudato Si

June 22, 2015

Catholic Bishop of Palmerston North Charles Drennan in a Radio New Zealand interview gives a great little (7 minute) look inside Pope Francis’ new encyclical letter on the environment at this link: Bishop Charles Drennan on Laudato Si…

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three dogs north

June 20, 2015

One of the great joys of living, studying, eating, drinking and praying with a community of a few dozen people of faith, is that every conversation us uplifting.  Stories are told, laughter is abundant, and resources are shared. In the…

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in the pub

March 27, 2015

I was in a university pub last week with a good number of young adults for the monthly Theology on Tap session. My topic: Pope Francis, the Man and the Mission.  You can hear a couple of segments from my…

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building a church ?

March 25, 2015

I know that a few parishes in the Christchurch Diocese are considering building (or restoring) parish churches to replace those destroyed or damaged by the Christchurch earthquakes.  You might find these recordings of Architectural Theologian Denis MacNamara’s August 2013…

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March 4, 2015

In the near future the LISTEN tab on the Food For Faith page will link to regular podcasts where I will offer brief reflections. As I drive around the Hurunui podcasts have become a regular companion. When I subscribe to…

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NZ and land

December 29, 2014

While driving even greater distances than usual these Advent / Christmas days to celebrate the sacraments around the Hurunui I have had plenty of time to listen to podcasts. One of the most informative was Dame Anne Salmond on Radio…

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synod interview

October 14, 2014

Archbishop John Dew is representing New Zealand at the Synod on the Family in Rome this month. The synod is unprecedented in its wide-ranging and thorough consultation and participation. Archbishop Dew comments that 25% of the New Zealand respondents…

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extinct religion ?

August 25, 2014

In recent months I have had the opportunity to be with many people of faith in several different countries: New Zealand, Australia, Asia, United States and Europe. Earlier today in St. Peter’s Square I was with tens of thousands…

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Dante and beer

May 27, 2014

What could a fourteenth century Italian have to offer citizens of a twenty-first century world? In a conversation at last weekend’s retreat I heard of John Kinder’s recent lecture on Dante Aligheri’s Divine Comedy, given by…

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ready for sleep

May 16, 2014

The sleep experts, who make their living offering suggestions to people who find it difficult to get a good night’s sleep, suggest that TV and computers in the hour before bedtime works against good sleep. A couple of years…

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what am i to do?

May 9, 2014

It is appropriate as we celebrate Vocations Sunday, to allow the Holy Spirit to realign our thinking and acting about the purpose of human existence, so that we might find the way to live the most fulfilled life. Every human…

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My people…

April 19, 2014

It must be good when highly qualified church musicians from the otherside upload it to their facebook pages. This morning a facebook friend in the US offered the Good Friday reproaches – sung by an Otago / Southland group in…

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