priests & adventure

March 10, 2014

I’m not sure how I missed this great 2010 Kim Hill interview with Fr. Michael Mahoney, presently Parish Priest of South Westland.  In this inspiring chat Michael reflects on priestly calling, mountaineering & Everest, Brazil, and above all faith…

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Kolbe @ OLV

March 3, 2014

The restoration of Our Lady of Victories Church at the time of the 40th anniversary of its 1968 opening was an inspiring project to be a part of. Charles Thomas, the church’s architect, oversaw the restoration using modern methods…

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sermon podcast

March 1, 2014

On this Food For Faith website I will soon be offering regular podcasts which you will be able to subscribe to and listen to on your phone while driving to work. I have experienced the value of such podcast subscriptions…

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gone to graveyards

January 29, 2014

Since this morning’s news of the death of composer, performer, and promoter of peace Pete Seegar several of his well-known songs have been playing in my head: Where have all the flowers gone?, If I had a Hammer…

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healthy living

January 18, 2014

Healthy psychology does not contradict healthy spirituality, and healthy spirituality does not contradict healthy psychology. One of the positives of having to drive a few hundred kilometers each week is that the car is a perfect place to listen to…

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lark ascending

January 11, 2014

In the weeks leading up to the end of each year, Radio New Zealand’s Concert programme invites listeners to “settle the score” suggesting their favourite classical compositions. Then on New Year’s day the station plays the pieces that…

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how to be happy

January 7, 2014

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 relationship. Of course most people don’t use “God language…

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Magi journey

January 4, 2014

Here T.S. Eliot (who died 49 years ago today) reads his Epiphany poem, Journey of the Magi. ‘A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey…

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word on fire

December 29, 2013

It is Sunday evening and I have just arrived home after celebrating the last of the four Sunday Masses here in the Hurunui. I’m just about to pour a beer and have a quiet Sabbath evening. One of the…

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Joy of the Gospel

December 26, 2013

A welcome opportunity from Radio NZ’s Morning Report to reflect on “the Joy of the Gospel.” Tap here to listen to the five-minute interview: Radio New Zealand National Morning Report 28 November 2013 Complete text of Pope Francis…

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Francis Interview

December 26, 2013

I had a phone call from Radio Rhema yesterday morning asking for an interview about Pope Francis. The call was prompted by the news that Pope Francis is ranked fourth most powerful person in the world by the influential Forbes…

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religion extinction

December 26, 2013

I was clearing out old computer files this evening and came across this Radio New Zealand interview from a couple of years ago. Soon after the first anniversary of the fatal Christchurch quake I was interviewed by Chris Whitter on…

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deadly sins

December 21, 2013

On my sort-out of computer files this evening I found this “Spiritual Outlook” interview about the so-called “new” list of deadly sins. This news item sparked off some interesting commentary and discussion including the call from Radio New…

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listen this space…

December 20, 2013

I think there is probably enough reading and watching on this website to keep you going for the next few weeks, and I wasn’t going to post “watch this space” about the “listen” section of the site. Later next…

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C.S. Lewis audio

November 22, 2013

It is fifty years today since C.S. Lewis died. There is only one surviving recording of his voice. During the Second World War, the BBC sought out Lewis to provide a series of encouraging talks to be broadcast weekly…

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